The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program pays for courses and exams that lead to industry-recognized civilian credentials in an occupational area of your choice. You may use this program to enhance your skills, either in your current MOS, or in an occupation you would like to pursue when you leave military service. You can request CA funding for any credential listed on Army COOL.
Eligible for CA
10 Promotion Points
MOS + ASI Related
Covered by GI Bill
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Eligible for Credentialing Assistance
This credential – Certified Running Technique Specialist (Pose Method) – is eligible for CA (Credentialing Assistance)
Military Service Obligation
Service Obligation (Enlisted): None
Service Obligation (Commissioned Officers): None
The service obligation for the CA program has been removed. This applies to all CA requests submitted and/or completed on or after 13 October 2021. CA request end date in ArmyIgnitED must reflect a date of 13 October 2021 or after.
CA requests completed prior to 13 October 2021 must still complete the applicable service obligation incurred at that time; Regular Army, AGR, and mobilized commissioned officers (under Title 10 or Title 32 authority) incur an Additional Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) of two years and Reserve Component officers (USAR and ARNG) incur a Reserve Duty Service Obligation (RDSO) of four years. The CA military service obligation commences on the ending date of each course for which CA was approved.
To learn more, read the complete Memorandum: Updates to Army Credentialing Assistance Policy
Certification Exam = 10 promotion points
In a continuing effort to improve the enlisted promotion system, the Army G1 has approved the initiative to award promotion points for certifications to Soldiers competing for promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Click here to read more.
How Promotion Points are Awarded
- Ten promotion points for each civilian certification
- Promotion points will be awarded under civilian education on the DA Form 3355
- The original certification documents must be presented to the promotion work center prior to the awarding of promotion points.
Does the Credential Need to be Related to Your MOS or AOC?
All eligible Soldiers (enlisted, warrant officer, and officer) may use CA to earn any credential listed on COOL, even if it is not related to your MOS or AOC.