What is the Licensing and Certification Benefit?
The new licensing and certification benefit allows the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) to reimburse you, if you are eligible, for a test to acquire certification. You can receive reimbursement for certification tests taken on or after November 1, 2007. (You may be reimbursed retroactively.)
Note: The VA only pays for the cost of the test and not other fees associated with obtaining the licensing or certification.
Will This Benefit Really Be a Good Deal for Me?
In today’s business and regulatory climate, having a license or certification can open doors for you. Certification is voluntary, but frequently sought after. That’s because getting a certification can help you get, keep or advance in a job.
How Much Can I Receive?
You can receive up to $2,000 per test, but not more than the actual cost of the test. You can receive benefits to retake a test you failed. The number of tests you can take is unlimited, except that you can’t receive benefits to retake a test that you passed.
Am I Eligible?
You may receive this benefit if you are eligible for:
- The Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty (also called the MGIB or Chapter 30; unfortunately this benefit is not available for the MGIB for Reservists), or
- VEAP (Also called Chapter 32), or
- Dependants Educational Assistance (also called DEA or Chapter 35)
Note: You generally have ten years after your discharge from active duty to use your benefits. To find out if you might be eligible under any of these programs, go to: http://debt.org/veterans/federal-va-benefits-programs/gi-bill/ . You can receive counseling services in regards to your career by following this link: http://gibill.va.gov/support/counseling_services/.
What Do I Have to Do?
Remember, this program provides reimbursement so you must first pay the fee and take the exam. Then do the following:
1. If you have never previously filed a claim for VA education benefits, you will need to submit an application for benefits.
- If you are a veteran or on active duty, you need VA Form 22-1990.
- If you are an eligible child or spouse, you need VA Form 22-5490
Note: You can complete and submit the VA Form 22-1990 on-line. Just go to www.gibill.va.gov and click Electronic Application. You can also print the form from this site, or call 1-888-GIBILL-1 and request the form. There is a brochure full of "how-to" information here: http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/lc_brochure.pdf
2. Send a letter with the following information: (You can download a writable PDF of this letter.)
- Request for reimbursement
- Your name and social security number
- The name of the exam you took and the date you took it
- Name and address of organization issuing the certification – ETCP, 875 Sixth Ave., Suite 1005, New York, NY 10001
- Cost of the test
- The following statement: “I authorize release of my test information to the VA.”
- Send a copy of your test results and a receipt for the test fee.
3. Send the application form along with the other information to this address: Dave Ross, CELO-VA Regional Office (307/22), 130 South Elmwood, Buffalo, NY 14202.