Kaine Measure Would Help Troops Pay for Civilian Credentials

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) last week introduced legislation to help service members acquire credentials that would ease their transition into the civilian workforce.

The 2014 Credentialing Improvement for Troop Talent (CREDIT) Act would allow DOD’s tuition assistance program to pay for licensing fees and additional expenses such as training materials and test fees. Currently, the program provides financial assistance for postsecondary courses and degree programs but does not cover credentialing expenses.

“The CREDIT Act will provide service members with the resources they need to obtain civilian credentials while on active duty, easing their entry into the civilian workforce and improving their chances of getting quickly hired by a private sector employer,” Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said in a press release.

The measure also ensures the quality of the credentials by requiring accrediting agencies to meet national and international standards for licensing and certification. Components of legislation Kaine introduced last year that were enacted as part of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill will improve the alignment of military skills with civilian credentials, according to the release.

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