Be COOL: get your credentials

14 Nov 2014 | Cpl. Sarah Cherry Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

The Marine Corps announced its new Credentialing Opportunities Online program in Marine Administrative Message 518/14, Oct. 15.
The website helps Marines find certifications and licenses associated with their job in the Marine Corps, and provides information, credentialing opportunities, professional development and education resources which apply in the civilian work sector, according to the MARADMIN.
“The purpose of credentials is to show the employer that the skill sets for the Marines meets or exceeds their civilian counterparts,” said Rickey Johnson, career resource management center program manager. “If a Marine accompanies their resume with their credentials, it gives them a better opportunity for employment.”
According to a poll called Employing Military Personnel and Recruiting Veterans conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, two of the main challenges to hiring veterans are translating military skills to civilian experience and transitioning from the military structure and hierarchy to civilian culture.
“Credentials are a particularly important consideration for Marines transitioning from active service because they are recognized and valued indicators that our Marines have the knowledge and skills civilian employers need” said Col. Lee Ackiss, Personal and Professional Development Deputy Branch Head for the Marine and Family Programs Division at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. of Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Marine and Family Programs Division.
For more information about or assistance with credentialing opportunities, call the education services office at 228-7484 for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort or 228-2152 for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
Visit the COOL webpage at https://www.cool.navy.mil/usmc