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Advance your military or civilian IT career through Air Force COOL approved programs

Airmen, get an industry-leading certification using your Air Force COOL education benefits.

You are able to use $4,500 per year towards education related expenses to your current military MOS, or to learn new skills to help you enter the civilian workforce.

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Leveraging over 35 years of training experience with up-to-date curriculum.



QuickStart offers programs for your current military or future civilian career choices.



Certifications listed below are approved by Air Force Credentialing Assistance.


Course Certifications Approved For Air Force COOL

Certifications through QuickStart will assist you in obtaining better job opportunities as you transition from military service to the civilian workforce. Sharpen your skills, and make your civilian resume more competitive by showcasing your military MOS skills combined with a QuickStart IT training program.



Our online Cybersecurity program launches your career in cybersecurity.

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ Certification

The CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 course covers the basic knowledge needed

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) Certification

QuickStart’s CompTIA CySA+ Certification Course is an

CompTIA A +

CompTIA A +

This course prepares aspiring IT professionals for the 220-1001 (Core 1)

Certified Ethical Hacking

(CEH) Certified Ethical Hacking Certification

Grow and expand your career in Certified Ethical Hacking, a course

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

(CISSP) Certified Information Systems Security Professional

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Cloud Engineering
Cloud Engineering

Cloud Engineering

QuickStart’s online Cloud Engineering program will launch your cloud

Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator

Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Certification

Grow and advance your career with a comprehensive program that prepares

Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification

The program will include basic cloud computing principles and

AWS Cloud Practitioner

AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials + Certification

This course is for individuals who seek an overall understanding

Data Science & Analytics
Data Science & Analytics

Data Science & Analytics

QuickStart’s online Data Science program will launch your

Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst

Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst Certification

This course will discuss the various methods and best practices that

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Our online Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Designing & Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution

Designing & Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution

This course is intended for software developers wanting

Software Engineering

Software Engineering

Our online software engineering program will help you launch your career

IT Management
ITIL 4 Foundations

ITIL 4 Foundations Certification

ITIL® 4 serves as a guide in the IT management department in the

Implementing & Administering Cisco Solutions

(CCNA) Implementing & Administering Cisco Solutions Certification

Designed for current system administrators and development operators looking

IT Helpdesk Technician

IT Helpdesk Technician Certification Program

This is an immersive, accelerated training program designed

CompTIA Network +

CompTIA Network +

This course will teach students about identifying security

Project Management
Essentials of Project Management

Essentials of Project Management (PMP-V6) Certification

The PMP certification is one of the most essential certifications


The Application Process for U.S. Air Force and Space Force Service Members

If you are an enlisted, active-duty service member, part of the Air Force, Air Force Reserves, Air National Guard, or the Space Force, you may be eligible for up to $4,500 of education funding. Funding is through Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online (AF COOL). Here’s how you apply:

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1. Schedule A Call

Schedule a call with our military program advisor. They will help guide you through all the different training options, and discuss what's right for you. Get answers to any questions you may have.

AFVEC Account

2. AFVEC Account

If you haven’t already, create your AFVEC or Air Force Virtual Education Center account. This portal assists you with managing your education and funding requests.

Credential Selection

3. Credential Selection

When logged into your AFVEC account you will be able to explore the credentials that you may be qualified for and can even sort the credentials based on the funding method, ex: AF COOL or GI Bill. Create your education goal when you’ve decided on the credentials that you would like to pursue.

Make QuickStart Your Provider

4. Make QuickStart Your Provider

In AFVEC, after reviewing the credentials, if a QuickStart program is what you would like to pursue then you will need to start a funding request in the system. This step is taken after you have created your education goal. Then the AF COOL approval process begins, which will determine your eligibility to take the course and receive funding for it.

Approval To Learn!

5. Approval To Learn!

Once you have been approved for funding, QuickStart will help you achieve your professional and educational goals. Be ready to sharpen your skills with our online IT training programs and obtain an in-demand certification for your professional development. .


Am I Eligible For This Program?

To receive funding authorization for education costs, you must be a regular Air Force (RegAF), United States Space Force (USSF), Air Force Reserves (AFRES) or an Air National Guard (ANG) member on Title 10 or Title 32 active-duty orders. The Air Force COOL program is a Total Force enlisted program.

Enlisted Air Force Service Members must also meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a 5-skill level in their Primary Air Force Specialty Code
  • Do not have a UIF, are not on a Control Roster, and are current on their most recent fitness test at the time of application
  • Have a profile in AFVEC with an approved credentialing goal
  • Must obtain supervisor approval and complete their entire credential while on active-duty status

Please Note: The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Air Force are not affiliated with nor endorse QuickStart Learning, Inc.

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"Overall, the process was simple and straight forward regarding the class and plan for certifications. The team is there and quick to respond to your questions and get you ready for the courses. The course mentors and assistants were very helpful and available to answer questions, and they know the material very well. The program itself was heavy. A lot of modules and lab time, but very informative and useful for not only helping gain the information needed to pass the certification exam but also the world of cybersecurity."

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"I had a blast…"

"To be very honest, I had no formal knowledge of cybersecurity or the initial grasp on how deep and far this program expands when it comes to knowing, doing, and exploring different avenues of the subject. But one thing is for sure, I had an absolute blast taking this bootcamp, and would recommend it to anyone looking to start a fresh path to a new career or job. I'm super impressed with the career services, as they really have helped me with resume building, exploring the job market, and good advice when looking for opportunities."


Air Force COOL FAQs


Can an airman pay for the education program upfront, and be reimbursed by Air Force COOL/TA/CA?

No, the rules of this program do not allow for airmen to pay for a program and then be reimbursed by Air Force COOL/tuition assistance/credentialing assistance. The process is as follows: airmen must submit a request for funding through AFVEC, once processed and approved, the finance department will contact QuickStart Learning, Inc. to process the payment for your course, then our government admissions advisor will contact the airman to give details about starting the online course.

If any course refunds are issued is the money returned to an airman?

No, course refunds are never issued back to the airman. In situations where a course refund is warranted, the refund is always returned directly to the Air Force COOL/tuition assistance/credentialing assistance finance department.

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