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Why is Credentialing Important?

Sharpshooter, Diver First Class, E.O.D. or Air Assault, as a Service member you’ve proved yourself in a multitude of ways. It’s more than just a badge and that you’re simply “qualified” in a particular field; it’s a chest full of credentials. You worked hard for those credentials so now it’s important to see if they can work for you.

Your branch of the military went to great lengths to make sure you had the skills that would benefit you on post or in the field. They also realized how important job credentials are to a Service member for transitioning to civilian employment. Those credentials help you translate your training and experience to something prospective employers can identify. It is essential for service members to get credentialed and transfer those skills to the workforce. Ultimately, they can help you get hired quicker, find a better job or end up on a fast track for promotions.

For active duty personnel, it’s a way to stay proficient with up-to-date industry standards. All branches adhere to the industry’s best practices and standards. It also provides a path for Service members to prepare for a civilian career. Additionally, it might save you time or money since you may have gone through training or certification while on active duty.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges and DANTES will help you learn what opportunities for credentialing are available so you can make the best use of the training, education and assets. See if there are and gaps between your military training and civilian credentialing requirements. Find out if your training matches up with a civilian job you’re interested in pursuing. You can also get information on certifications and licenses related to careers you’re interested in pursuing. Let those credentials you’ve earned and will earn benefit you now and in the future.

Visit the SOC website for more information at http://www.soc.aascu.org/career-and-technical-education . Also, there is another blog article on the Benefits of the SOC Career and Technical Education (CTE) program available at  http://dantes4military.education/2016/10/31/benefits-of-career-and-technical-education-while-serving/ .

Check it out!

What fields are you qualified for?

Learn about the credentialing resources available to you.

Visit the SOC website to start your credentialing.

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Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander is a native of Alabama and a retired Air Force Master Sergeant with 24 years of dedicated service. She is responsible for the DANTES Information Bulletin (DIB) monthly newsletter and all other Communication Division visuals. ROLL TIDE!