Giving Back to Those Who Serve

Consider how your certification program can build opportunities and incentives to fully support service members and veterans transition to civilian employment. Veterans can access resources to learn more about their entitled benefits.

In February 2013, the Executive Office of the President released a report on streamlining credentialing and licensure for service members, veterans, and their spouses. Access the full report

ICE Member Resources

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides more opportunities for veterans to receive reimbursement for pursued education and certification. However, Veterans can only apply these benefits to licensing or certification exams that are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

ICE encourages members who offer certification programs to seek approval. If you represent a state or local licensing board, the approval requirements are minimal. If you represent a non-governmental organization, your test must be generally accepted within the industry, must have been in existence at least two years, and must meet other requirements.

Learn more about seeking VA approval for your certification program(s).

If you wish to seek approval for your certification exam(s), find the State Approving Agency for the State where the headquarters of your organization is located and contact them.

Find your program’s State Approving Agency.

The Veterans Benefits and Health Care Improvement Act of 2000 Expands Veteran Opportunities in Professional Certification

The Veterans Benefits and Health Care Improvement Act of 2000 [Public Law 106-419] expanded opportunities for veterans to use their Montgomery GI benefits to pay for professional certification tests. ICE supported the passage of this legislation.

The American Jobs Act

President Barack Obama presented the American Jobs Act in an address to Congress on September 8, 2011; the bill aims to increase employment and provide tax relief.

The Office of the Press Secretary explained in a September 8, 2011 release that under The American Jobs Act, "the President is proposing a Returning Heroes Tax Credit of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans who have been looking for a job for more than six months, and a Wounded Warriors Tax Credit of up to $9,600 for hiring unemployed workers with service-connected disabilities who have been looking for a job for more than six months, while creating a new task force to maximize career readiness of servicemembers." Learn more about the impact of The American Jobs Act in your state and find out how state and local officials are responding.

Read the complete American Jobs Act that President Obama sent to Congress.

Military and Veteran Resources

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides more opportunities for veterans to receive reimbursement for pursued education and certification. Veterans can only apply these benefits to licensing or certification exams that are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). To view a complete list of VA approved programs and exams, click here.

Resources to Assist Military Personnel Transitioning to the Civilian Sector:

Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

American Council on Education

Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

Department of Veterans Affairs

E-VETS Resources

Marine Corps Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans Employment & Training Services

U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Government-wide Veterans Employment Website

Veterans of Foreign Wars 

Federal Resources for Displaced Workers

Occupational certification represents an excellent opportunity for displaced workers to learn a new skill and transition into a new and rewarding career. Below are resources designed to assist persons looking to earn a new credential.

U.S. Department of Labor's Career One Stop - a comprehensive source for career information.

Job Corps - Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16-24 to learn a new skill.