Credentialing Basics

Many civilian jobs have certain professional and technical standards. Obtaining credentials – certifications and licenses – shows that you meet these standards. For example, a welder can show his welding certifications to an employer to document that he has specific skills and knowledge. In the civilian world, credentials may be required for a job, or can make you much more likely to be hired for a job.

For Coast Guard Service members, civilian credentials are important for two reasons:

Workforce Professionalization

Workforce Professionalization

The Coast Guard is dedicated to supporting workforce professionalization to ensure our Service members remain Ready, Relevant and Responsive across our Total Mission Portfolio.

I want to maximize my development while on Active Duty.

Smoother Transitions

Smoother Transitions

When you transition to civilian employment, credentials help you translate your military training and experience into something civilian employers can easily recognize. That can help you get hired, get a better job, or be promoted sooner!

I am transitioning soon! What steps should I take?