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Training and Education for Veterans

For more information, Contact a Veterans Employment Representative near you.

Earn Academic Credits!

Your military training provided you with many skills. You may be able to earn academic credit by documenting your experiences.

Defense Manpower Data Center - Verify skills and experiences acquired on active duty. This can help you get a certificate or apply your training to employment in the civilian sector. This is offered through the Defense Manpower Data Center's Verification of Military Experience and Training site.

Access your military transcript - Use the American Council on Education's (ACE) Registry Transcript website.

Explore - Courses, apprenticeship programs and examinations: use the ACE Online Guide.

Your Educational and Training Benefits

New York State Division of Veteran Affairs - Information on your educational and disability benefits.

You may qualify for educational and training benefits under the following bills:

  • GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Background on the Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill (active)
  • Montgomery GI Bill (selected reserve)
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Survivor's and Dependent's Educational Assistance Program (DEA) - For Information on these bills and other Veterans Affairs benefits.


Credentialing tests a person's competency in a particular area. Credentials provide the equivalent of a "professional badge."

The law requires credentials for various occupations. In some cases, an employer may only hire employees who have credentials, even though they are not required to by law. To find out more, go to Occupations licensed or certified.

You may already have the experience and knowledge to gain certification in your occupation. You may have no problem passing the certification or license exam.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support - DANTES has about 80 agreements with national certification and licensure associations. This allows DANTES test sites to administer certification and licensure exams.

Education and Training Opportunities for Veterans

Air Force Training Programs

Army Training Programs

  • Army Credentialing Opportunities Online (Credentialing Opportunities OnLine -- COOL)
    • Find civilian credentials related to your military occupational specialty
    • Understand what it takes to obtain the credential
    • See if there are available programs that will help you pay credentialing fees
  • Army Registry Transcript Service (Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System -- AARTS)
    • Provides transcripts of military training and experience to Army, Army National Guard, US Army Reserve.
    • You must not have completed your undergraduate degree
    • Your basic active serve date (BASD) must be before 10-01-1981

Marine Corps and Navy


  • Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL)
    • Find civilian credentials related to your enlisted rating, job, occupation or office designator occupation
    • Understand what it takes to obtain the credential
    • Find programs that may help pay credentialing fees

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Joint employer and labor organizations, as well as individual employers, offer registered apprenticeship opportunities.

What is apprenticeship? It is both on-the-job training and classroom instruction. It gives you the opportunity to learn the practical and theoretical aspects of highly-skilled jobs.

Helmets to Hardhats

This program connects veterans to careers in construction and building. We are excited about the potential of this program to expand opportunities in careers in the skilled trades for all qualified veterans.

Who can participate in Helmets to Hardhats?

Veterans that have received Honorable Discharge from U.S. Military service,

To get started:

  • Register for Helmets to Hardhats. Visit
  • Review the current apprenticeship openings
  • Follow the procedures for applying to those positions
  • Or, call (866) 741-6210 for assistance

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