What is AF COOL?
AF COOL is a total force enlisted program. It includes all enlisted AFSCs for active duty, AFRES, and ANG. Funding will be provided for ADAF, AFRES, and ANG members on Title 10 or Title 32 active duty orders. AFRES and ANG members not on Title 10 orders may receive payment from their respective components. Funding will not exceed a maximum of $4,500 per lifetime per airman. (Read more in an Air Force provided AF COOL brochure.)
What is credentialing?
Credentialing has two purposes. First, it continues to professionalize the enlisted force by providing up-to-date industry-recognized credentials in an airman’s Air Force job. Second, it provides a way for airmen to prepare for civilian life by ensuring that they are ready for work in the civilian sector.
What are the requirements for AF COOL?
The first requirement for enlisted RegAF, ARES, and ANG component members is to be on Title 10 or Title 32.502(f) orders during the complete process. In addition, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Possess a 5 skill level in your Primary Air Force Specialty Code (PAFSC) that is associated to the assigned Control AFSC to which the credential is mapped.
- Do not have an UIF, are not on a Control Roster, and are current on your most recent Physical Fitness test at the time of application.
- Have a profile in AFVEC with an approved credentialing goal.
- Enlisted members must complete the entire credential while on active duty status and obtain supervisor approval.
How do I apply?
To apply for the Air Force COOL program, go to the Air Force COOL website. If you meet the requirements, search for the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential. Once you’ve chosen a credential that you want to pursue, you will need to create an educational goal and obtain supervisor approval. Key Consulting can be selected from the list of approved facilities.
* The Air Force has announced via AFGM2020-01 that prep courses, boot camps, and coursework will no longer be funded.