How to Start an IT Career with AF COOL

How to Start an IT Career with AF COOL

What is Airforce COOL?

AF Credentialing Opportunities On-Line or AF COOL (Note: You’ll most likely get a security warning from the AFVEC website) is an Air Force program designed to help airmen achieve credentials that are recognized by the civilian community. This serves two purposes: to help the enlisted force gain new skills in an airman’s Air Force job, and to prepare the airman to work in the civilian world after leaving the airforce.

The AF COOL website can be used to research credentials and their prerequisites, identify credentials that are relevant to Air Force Specialties, learn about how credentials can fill gaps between Air Force training and civilian job roles, and learn about the resources available to Airmen that can help them gain civilian job credentials.

Read on to learn about a special offer for those using AF COOL funding for LeaderQuest training.

LeaderQuest and AF COOL

LeaderQuest is proud to participate in the AF COOL program. We know how important it is for airmen to get the right certifications to get hired once they are a civilian. That’s why we offer training in high-demand industries like IT, networking, and cyber security. The certifications that we train students for are globally recognized and are often listed as a prerequisite on job postings in these industries.

For those with little to no IT experience who would like to get started in the industry, we recommend CompTIA certifications such as:

  • CompTIA A+ is a two-part course that covers computer hardware, as well as software installation, OS maintenance, troubleshooting, security, basic networking, and more. This foundational course builds important skills for technical support practitioners.
  • CompTIA Network+ provides network technicians and support staff with the foundation-level skills they need to install, operate, manage, support, and troubleshoot a corporate network.
  • CompTIA Security+ students will understand the field of network security and how it relates to other areas of information technology. This course also provides the broad-based knowledge necessary to prepare for further study in specialized security fields, or it can serve as a capstone course that gives a general introduction to the field.

Which of these courses is right for you depends on your level of experience and where you’d like to take your career. Our Career Training Consultants can help you choose a career path and evaluate which courses are right for you.

For those who already have some experience, we offer mid and high level certifications such as Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Whether you are just beginning your IT or cyber career or looking to advance it to the next level, we offer training in the certifications you’ll need to get there.

LeaderQuest’s AF COOL Training Offer

For those using AF COOL funding, LeaderQuest offers two certification courses for $4,500! Our courses include the cost of all materials, and we also cover the exam fee for each student and offer an onsite testing facility to make the process of getting trained and certified as simple as possible.

If you’re interested in getting into IT, LeaderQuest is a fantastic option. We hire instructors with years of industry experience and our training is always live and in-person. When training is complete, our Career Services team makes it their #1 priority to help you get hired into a great job in the industry of your choice. You’ll get one-on-one assistance with resume writing, practicing interview skills, and looking for the perfect job.

AF COOL Process

We have a summary of the process below. For the full process to apply, click here. (You’ll most likely get a security warning from the AFVEC website.)

Step 1: Search for the Credential

In your AFVEC account, navigate to the AF COOL homepage and search AFSC related credentials. Find the credential you wish to achieve.

Step 2: Create Education Goal

Click on the icon that is listed on the top right of the certification you are seeking to create your education goal.

Step 3: Upload Your Documentation

You’ll want to review the eligibility requirements to make sure the credential or program is a good fit for you. You’ll also want to get all the information on pricing for books, exams, administration fees and so on. If you choose to study at LeaderQuest, we make this simple by charging one price for all the materials (books, labs, etc) and training, and we cover the cost of the exam as well.

You’ll need to upload supporting documentation including:

  • EPRs (only if required as proof of eligibility for the credential)
  • Applications
  • Prerequisite certifications
  • FAA Form 8610-2 (FAA Tickets to test) or CCAF-awarded Certificate of Eligibility
  • Books – MS Word document with ISBN, Title, and web link for each book per the vendor’s site
  • Login Information – If payment must be made via student login, please provide login and password to AF COOL on a MS Word document (this is not required for LeaderQuest courses)
  • Exam Cost – Invoice or quote from the vendor; screen shot or active link to the vendor’s site is also acceptable
  • Prep Course/Boot Camp – Invoice from the vendor

Step 4: Start a Funding Request

In your AFVEC account, click “Start a Funding Request” at the bottom right. You’ll need to be ready with info on…

  • The exam center you plan to use (LeaderQuest has a Pearson VUE testing center at each location)
  • The total cost of the exam (The exam fee is covered with your LeaderQuest enrollment.)
  • The testing window, which can be up to 120 days by default or more with special permission

Step 5: Approval Process

First your supervisor has to approve the request, and then it will get passed on to the AF COOL office which will make the payment on your behalf. You should expect a call or email about this from the CPO/Purchase Agent.

Step 6: Study for and Take Exam

Now you’re ready to study for the exam and then sit for it! You’ll need to follow up with the AF COOL CPO to report your scores/achievement and close out your educational goal.

Ready to Start Training?

If you’re interested in learning more about using AF COOL to train at LeaderQuest, you can start the process by contacting us today! Our Career Training Consultants are experts on what certifications will help connect you to a great career in IT, networking or cyber security.

Fill out the form below to get the process started, and take control of your future!