Get Certified and Go Further



Although your military experience trained you well, you might need a certification once you leave the service. More and more, certain career choices require specific types of certification or licensure. Below are details on two resources to help cover the costs of the certification your next career move might require.


According to the Veterans Administration, a license or certification may be required for jobs that are subject to State or other government regulations. Licensing and/or certification may play a key role in advancing your career in jobs such as a mechanic, medical technician, therapist, computer network engineer, website developer, and others.


By certification, we mean the certification you get by taking a specific test for a field of employment, not certificate you receive for completing training.


The good news is that under the VA’s Licensing and Certification benefit, you can receive reimbursement of up to $2,000 per test, but not more than the VA approved cost of the test. The details and specifics on how your GI Bill entitlement will be charged can be found here.


Another great resource is the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. This program is delivered at no cost to post-9/11 veterans, their spouses, and spouses of active duty military. The IVMF delivers educational and vocational programs that provide veterans and their families with the skills needed to be successful in work and life.


Available programs include:


Veteran Career Transition Program, VCTP



  • VCTP [Independent Study] Certification and Learning Paths – There are 16 certifications offered, here are just a few: Microsoft Technical Foundation (CompTIA Server+), Six Sigma Green Belt Fundamentals (Six Sigma Green Belt), Project Management (CAPM or PMP), and Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure).

Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup


Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, V-WISE


Additional details on the Syracuse University IVMF can be found here.

Look at certifications not only as a means to getting hired, but a pathway to continued success during your career.


How have certifications helped you get hired, get promoted, and maximize your potential?


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