VA Benefits Can Cover Your Certification Test Costs
If you're a veteran with G.I. Bill Benefits and seeking a new job or striving to move ahead in your present job, don’t miss the opportunity to strengthen your career opportunities and earnings with additional licensing or certification. As an eligible veteran, you may be reimbursed for your test costs.
VA licensing and certification benefits:
The new licensing and certification benefit allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay you, if you're eligible, for a test for a license or certification, including several offered by AWS. You can receive reimbursement for approved licensing or certification tests you take on or after March 1, 2001. These tests must be specifically approved for the G.I. Bill.
Note: The VA covers only the cost of the test itself. You may be responsible for other fees connected with obtaining certification.
How Do I Apply For Benefits?
The first step is to take the test for your desired certification. With test results in hand, you can then apply for test cost reimbursement from the VA. You will need to complete and submit the Application for Licensing and Certification Testing Fee Reimbursement to the VA office that handles your education benefits.
Check the map on the Internet site at www.gibill.va.gov to find the location nearest you.
Never filed a claim for VA education benefits before?
You’ll also need to submit an application for benefits. Check below to find the correct form for your needs. You can print either one directly from the VA’s website or call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to request the form by mail.
- Veteran or on active duty? Use VA Form 22-1990, which you can complete and submit right online. Visit www.gibill.va.gov and click Electronic Application.
- Eligible child or spouse of a veteran? You need VA Form 22-5490.
Send the application form along with the other information above to the VA regional office that processes your claim. The addresses are printed right on the forms.
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