Getting a Credential in Four Steps
COOL plays a role in a three-step credentialing process, but some steps require you to reach out to the credentialing agency or exam vendor. The three basic steps are shown across the top of every page and this section provides additional information on each step. You should review this carefully to understand the entire process.
Functions taking place on this website
Step 2 - Learn About Credential Requirements
Once you have selected a credential, learn about its requirements.
Actions taken on other systems and via other means
Step 3 - Learn About Available Resources
Most credentials have fees associated with them. Learn about resources that can help you pay them.
Step 4 - Apply For and Take Exam
Coast Guard COOL is not a credentialing organization. You do not sign up for or take exams from Coast Guard COOL. Once you know what certification you want to take, you will contact the credentialing organization or test vendor to schedule and take the exam.