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Army CA Enrollment Guide for Army Active Duty, National Guard, And Reserve Soldiers

If you are Active Duty Army, Army Reserve or National Guard personnel, you may be eligible for up to $4,000 of Financial Assistance from the Army Credentialing Assistance Program, which is part of the Army Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) service. To assist you in your application and enrollment process, please follow the guide below:

What is the Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program?

The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program equips eligible service members with a pathway to career advancement through industry-aligned training and certifications. Eligible individuals may receive up to $4,000 per year toward approved career training.

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    Schedule A Call

    Schedule a call with our military program advisor, who will help guide you through different training options, discuss which programs best fit your goals, and answer your questions. Your Military Admission Specialist will provide you with a custom quote to load into the Army IngitED Portal.

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    Create Your ArmyIgnitED Account

    If you haven�t already done so, create your ArmyIgnitED account. Your account portal will allow you to manage all education and funding requests.

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    Confirm Your Application Eligibility & Verification

    Complete your CA application process and verify your eligibility. Your CA application approval ensures that you will enroll into your desired learning program with government funding.

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    Make QuickStart Your Provider

    Through ArmyIgnitED, select QuickStart as your training provider and request Credentialing Funding Assistance. Course information such as start and end dates, and cost types may need to be uploaded for your request. Here you will upload the custom quote provided by the Military Admission Specialist. Your request will need to be submitted 30 days prior to the start of your selected course. Finance for your course is typically approved within two weeks of the start date (45-days)

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    Review Your Funding Status

    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 relevant to your professional growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the soldier pay for the education program upfront, and be reimbursed by Army Credentialing Assistance?

No, the rules of this program do not allow for soldiers to pay for a program and then be reimbursed from Army Credentialing Assistance. The process is as follows: Soldiers must submit a request for funding through Army Ignited, once processed the finance department will contact QuickStart Learning, Inc. to process the payment for your course, then our government admissions advisor will contact the soldier to give details about starting the online course.

No, course refunds are never issued back to the soldier. In situations where a course refund is warranted, the refund is always returned directly to the Army Credentialing Assistance finance department.

Army CA pays for tuition and all necessary supplies, including books and learning materials required for an approved training course and/or exam.

Soldiers can find their education center/office by logging into Army IgnitED and clicking on the "Education Center" dropdown, then search on the left side of the page. From there: Soldiers search by country or Installation, then when the Installations appear, select the appropriate installation and the point(s) of contact will be listed.

TA cannot be used for a lower or lateral degree from what a Soldier already possesses. CA, on the other hand, can be requested for training that leads to an additional credential, license or certification. Soldiers may combine TA and CA funding. However, the combined funding cannot exceed the $4,000 annual limit.

All CA Requests must be submitted at least 45 days prior to the course or exam start date, but not more than 90 days from the submission date. The date of the requested course or exam must be within one calendar year of the start date.

Upon approval of the CA Request, the CA Central Billing Office (CBO) approves the CA request for training, exam, recertification and/or materials/books for recertification, QuickStart Student Serivces will reach out to you with your student account log in information.

The CA program is available to enlisted, warrant officers, and officers. The service obligation for Officers and Warrant Officers was removed for the CA Program on 13 October 2021.

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Whether you plan to promote within your MOS or pivot into a civilian role, an IT training course from QuickStart can help you reach your goals. Contact a member of our team today to find the right program for your career and learn more about the Army Credentialing Assistance program.

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