LeaderQuest is proud to participate in The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program. This new army credentialing program is designed to increase a soldier’s skill set by helping him or her attain industry-recognized credentials, benefiting both the soldier and the Army. Because the program is only for active-duty soldiers, the Army can marshal a more qualified workforce while preparing soldiers for a successful career in the civilian sector when their Army career is completed.
Are You Eligible?
You’ll want to complete the Army Credentialing Assistance Program Application Checklist and check the resources on goarmyed to make sure you’re ready to benefit from this program. A few of the eligibility requirements are below, but make sure to check with your Education Counselor.
- The CA program is available to enlisted soldiers, warrant officers, and officers. Eligible soldiers include those who are: Regular Army, Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) pursuant to Title 10 and Title 32, U.S. Army Reserve (USAR), and Army National Guard (ARNG) in active drilling status with a designation as satisfactory.
- You must meet basic Federal TA eligibility requirements: Soldiers eligible for TA must have successfully completed one year of service following graduation from Advanced Individual Training (AIT).
- You must have enough time remaining in service to complete the credential before separating from the Army.
- Veterans are not authorized to participate in the CA program. Eligible veterans may be able to use their GI Bill benefits to pay for credentialing-related expenses.
What Does the Program Cover?
The CA program pays for all necessary books, supplies, and associated materials required for an approved training course and/or exam. Soldiers may use both Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) and Credentialing Assistance (CA); however, the combined usage shall not exceed the $4,000 fiscal year limit.
Certifications vs. Certificates
While they may sound similar, these are two very different things in the working world, and Army CA (as well as Army COOL credentialing assistance) only covers certification training.
Certifications are industry-recognized credentials that are often sought out by employers. They provide third-party skills verification through exams administered at controlled testing locations. If you’ve achieved your CompTIA Security+, for example, employers know that you have the skills required to monitor security infrastructure and identify security threats, harden internal systems, services, and internet-connected work devices, secure network communications, and enforce an organizational security policy. They can trust that you have these skills because a globally-recognized organization like CompTIA has created an assessment to ensure that you know your stuff!
Certificates, on the other hand, are typically issued after an individual attends or participates in a particular meeting or course. They’re educationally focused rather than occupationally focused, and are not always based on a formal job/practice analysis or study. Finally, certificates are usually not assessment-based and therefore do not verify hard skills. For these reasons, certificates are not listed on Army COOL.
You’ll want to do an Army COOL credential search to find out what certifications fit your desired career path best! Check out the Army COOL website for more.
Approved LeaderQuest Training
If you’re interested in a career in networking, IT support, or cyber security, LeaderQuest may be a great option for you! Our training qualifies for Army CA funding, and we’re proud to offer Army CA enrollees our Computer User Support Specialist or Information Security Analyst programs within the funding allowed by Army CA.
Computer User Support Specialist
If you want to break into the IT industry, Computer User Support Specialist is the perfect program for you. This package of four key certifications (ITIL, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+) will help you get hired into your first IT job, and also give you a strong foundation for an IT career. Whether you decide to go into cyber security, networking or IT support, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to be successful.
Information Security Analyst
The Information Security Analyst program (including CompTIA Security+, EC-Council Certified Network Defender (CND), and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)) is ideal for those with some IT experience and immerses students in an interactive environment where the instructors use lectures, guided discussions, and hands-on lab experiences to demonstrate and help students explore key skills and methods used in information security. You’ll examine cyber network defense from three approaches: prevention, reaction, and retrospection. Learn basic cyber security principles and more advanced techniques including perimeter defense, hacking, forensics, and intrusion prevention.
We’ll Help You Get Hired, Too
After completing your courses, you’ll have the support of our Career Services team. We’ll guide you through every step of the job hunt by helping you create a resume, cover letter, and online presence to outshine your competition, while also connecting you with our network of local employers.
Individual Certification Training
A number of individual LeaderQuest certification training courses are available through Army CA funding. Click the links below for more information about these powerful certifications!
- Certified Cisco Network Administrator (CCNA)
- Project Management Institute: Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Ready to Start a New Career?
If you’d like to learn more about Army CA funded training at LeaderQuest, fill out the form below! We’ll be in touch with more information about our training and answers to any questions you might have.