You need a license or certification to work in many different industries. These workforce credentials show that you meet the standards and requirements needed to practice in the field. To earn these credentials, you may need to complete a vocational or technical training program or on-the-job training before you can work. Some professions, such as teaching, require you to earn a college degree before you can obtain a license.
Your workforce credentials are typically valid for a specific time period and must be renewed with training, college courses or continuing education units related to the profession. Here are some of the advantages to earning workforce credentials such as a license or certification.
- Qualify for an entry-level position. You may need credentials before you can work. To find out if the job you want requires a license, you can use the CareerOneStop License Finder and Certification Finder tools to search for the issuing agencies for your state.
- Qualify for a promotion. If you want to position yourself for a promotion or new opportunities, workforce credentials can help you meet your goals. Certifications and licenses show your knowledge in your field and a commitment to growing your profession.
- Qualify for a higher salary. Earning workforce credentials gives you more opportunities to work in your career field. You may qualify for similar or more advanced positions within your career field, or you may qualify for independent contracting opportunities.
If you currently have a professional state license and are transitioning to a new state, you can visit the Military State Policy Source website and the Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Options for up-to-date legislation and licensure information for your specific state.
If you move due to a PCS, your service branch can now help reimburse licensure and certification costs up to $1,000. Each service has its own procedures for reimbursement, so be sure you know what your branch requires.
You can also visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS for local information on obtaining licensure. Select 'Program or service' from the drop-down menu, then select 'Spouse Education, Training and Careers' and enter your installation or postal code to find a point of contact near you. If you need more information about the benefits of licensure, visit the Licensures and Certifications section of the Education, Training and Licensing lifecycle stage of MySECO or speak with a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647.