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Explore the Application Process for U.S. Coast Guard Service Members

If you are an active-duty Coast Guardsman, you may be eligible for up to $4,500 of Coast Guard COOL education funding toward your IT training. Here�s how you can apply today:

What Is Coast Guard COOL?

Designed to help active-duty Guardsmen achieve industry-relevant certifications, the Coast Guard Credentialing Opportunities On-line (COOL) program covers the cost of IT pathway training for eligible individuals.

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    Find the Right Credential for Your Goals

    Use the "Explore Military Occupations" menu or the "Get Certified > Full Credential Search" menu item to see how your Coast Guard training and experience match with civilian credentials. Learn about selected credential requirements and contact QuickStart Military Admission Specialist to validate that you meet their eligibility criteria.

    We recommend meeting with your Education Services Officer (ESO) during this preliminary step.

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    Request Approval via MyCG Ed Portal

    Apply for credentialing assistance (CA) via the MyCG Ed portal. Applications for CA must be submitted 14 calendar days prior to exam date.

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    Submit Payment for Your Approved Course

    Upon receipt of authorization from ETQC, proceed to pay for approved training fees. Once you submit your payment, upload an itemized receipt with an electronically endorsed Request for Miscellaneous Reimbursement (OF-1164) to MyCG Ed within 30 calendar days of payment.

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    Earn Your Credential

    Upon credentialing assistance approval and payment of all course fees, complete your credentialing training or requirements (including all relevant exams) through QuickStart. Provide ETQC with course results within 90 days of course completion.

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    Report Your Course Results

    Upload a legible copy of your completed QuickStart training program to MyCG Ed portal within 30 calendar days of completion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the credential need to be related to my rating?

You do not have to seek a certification within your rating. You can earn a certification in any technical specialty you desire, so long as it is available in the CG COOL listing.

Before command approval, you can make changes in MyCG Ed portal under �Review Applications.� After command approval, send an email to ETQC-SMBCGCOOL@USCG.MIL to request changes or cancellations.

After receiving approval/authorization in MyCG Ed portal, the member must first pay the associated training cost, then submit a receipt and OF-1164 to be reimbursed.

All application requests must be approved by the ESO in MyCG ED prior to 14 days from the exam date. It is recommended that member submit their request at least 30 days in advance.

Ready to Reach Your Next Professional Goal? Contact Us.

Whether you plan to promote within your rating 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 Coast Guard COOL program.

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