Advance your military or civilian IT career through Air Force COOL approved programs

Airmen, get an industry-leading certification using your Air Force COOL education benefits.

You are able to use $4,500 per year towards education related to your current military MOS, or to learn new skills to help you enter the civilian workforce.

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Leveraging over 35 years of training experience with up-to-date curriculum.

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Certifications listed below are approved by Air Force Credentialing Assistance.

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QuickStart offers programs for your current military or future civilian career choices.


Course Certifications & Exam Bundles Approved For Air Force COOL

Certifications through QuickStart will assist you in obtaining better job opportunities as you transition from military service to the civilian workforce. Sharpen your skills, and make your civilian resume more competitive by showcasing your military MOS skills combined with a QuickStart IT training program.


Cybersecurity Bootcamp

Our online Cybersecurity Bootcamp launches your career in cybersecurity.

CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam Bundle

The CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 course covers the basic knowledge needed

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) Certification Exam Bundle

QuickStart’s CompTIA CySA+ Certification Course + Exam Bundle is an

CompTIA A +

This course prepares aspiring IT professionals for the 220-1001 (Core 1)

(CEH) Certified Ethical Hacking Certification Exam Bundle

Grow and expand your career in Certified Ethical Hacking, a course

(CISSP) Certified Information Systems Security Professional Exam Bundle

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Cloud Engineering

Cloud Engineering Bootcamp

QuickStart’s online Cloud Engineering Bootcamp will launch your cloud

AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification Exam Bundle

This course covers the three phases of AWS, and core objectives to prepare students

Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Certification Exam Bundle

Grow and advance your career with a comprehensive program that prepares

Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification Exam Bundle

The program will include basic cloud computing principles and

AWS Cloud Practitioner

This course is for individuals who seek an overall understanding of

Data Science & Analytics

Data Science & Analytics Bootcamp

QuickStart’s online Data Science Bootcamp will launch your

Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst Certification Exam Bundle

This course will discuss the various methods and best practices that


Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Our online Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Designing & Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution

This course is intended for software developers wanting

IT Management

ITIL 4 Foundations Certification Exam Bundle

ITIL® 4 serves as a guide in the IT management department in the

(CCNA) Implementing & Administering Cisco Solutions Certification Exam Bundle

Designed for current system administrators and development operators looking

IT Helpdesk Technician Certification Program

This is an immersive, accelerated training program designed


CompTIA Network +

This course will teach students about identifying security

Project Management

Essentials of Project Management (PMP-V6) Certification Exam Bundle

The PMP certification is one of the most essential certifications


The Application Process for U.S. Air Force and Space Force Service Members

If you are an enlisted, active-duty service member, part of the Air Force, Air Force Reserves, Air National Guard, or the Space Force, you may be eligible for up to $4,500 of education funding. Funding is through Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online (AF COOL). Here’s how you apply:

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1. Schedule A Call

Schedule a call with our military program advisor. They will help guide you through all the different training options, and discuss what's right for you. Get answers to any questions you may have.

2. AFVEC Account

If you haven’t already, create your AFVEC or Air Force Virtual Education Center account. This portal assists you with managing your education and funding requests.

3. Credential Selection

When logged into your AFVEC account you will be able to explore the credentials that you may be qualified for and can even sort the credentials based on the funding method, ex: AF COOL or GI Bill. Create your education goal when you’ve decided on the credentials that you would like to pursue.

4. Make QuickStart Your Provider

In AFVEC, after reviewing the credentials, if a QuickStart program is what you would like to pursue then you will need to start a funding request in the system. This step is taken after you have created your education goal. Then the AF COOL approval process begins, which will determine your eligibility to take the course and receive funding for it.

5. Approval To Learn!

Once you have been approved for funding, QuickStart will help you achieve your professional and educational goals. Be ready to sharpen your skills with our online IT training bootcamps and obtain an in-demand certification for your professional development. .


Am I Eligible For This Program?

To receive funding authorization for education costs, you must be a regular Air Force (RegAF), United States Space Force (USSF), Air Force Reserves (AFRES) or an Air National Guard (ANG) member on Title 10 or Title 32 active-duty orders. The Air Force COOL program is a Total Force enlisted program.

Enlisted Air Force Service Members must also meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a 5-skill level in their Primary Air Force Specialty Code
  • Do not have a UIF, are not on a Control Roster, and are current on their most recent fitness test at the time of application
  • Have a profile in AFVEC with an approved credentialing goal
  • Must obtain supervisor approval and complete their entire credential while on active-duty status

Please Note: The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Air Force are not affiliated with nor endorse QuickStart Learning, Inc.


Air Force COOL FAQs


Can the airman pay for the education program upfront, and be reimbursed by Air Force COOL/TA/CA?

No, the rules of this program do not allow for airmen to pay for a program and then be reimbursed by Air Force COOL/tuition assistance/credentialing assistance. The process is as follows: airmen must submit a request for funding through AFVEC, once processed and approved, the finance department will contact QuickStart Learning, Inc. to process the payment for your course, then our government admissions advisor will contact the airman to give details about starting the online course.

If any course refunds are issued is the money returned to the airman?

No, course refunds are never issued back to the airman. In situations where a course refund is warranted, the refund is always returned directly to the Air Force COOL/tuition assistance/credentialing assistance finance department.

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