Service members could use their military tuition assistance for training programs outside of the standard colleges and universities under legislation introduced Monday, March 12.  

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is one of three senators to introduce the bipartisan Credentialing, Educating, and Relevant Training Initiative for Your Heroes Act or CERTIFY Heroes Act. 

The plan is to allow eligible service members to use their funds for licensing, credentialing, and certification programs offered by entities other than institutions of higher education.
Supporters of the bill say this is another way to help service members transition into civilian life. 

“Across Iowa, many of the in-demand and skills-based jobs don’t require a four-year degree, but adequate training and certification is essential,” said Senator Ernst, a combat veteran. “The CERTIFY Heroes Act would allow our service members to use their military tuition assistance toward job training or certification programs to better ensure a smooth transition from the military to civilian life, and put them on a career path towards long-term, sustainable success.”

“Investing in the future of our servicemen and women is a no-brainer,” said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “The folks who serve our nation in uniform develop unique and specialized skill sets over the course of their military careers. Our bill helps give them more flexibility to get the training and certification they need to put their skills to work as civilians.”
“The jobs of the 21st century evolve quickly, and today’s workers never stop learning,” said Senator Isakson, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “This commonsense measure will help our service members transition more smoothly to civilian life and ensure they have the training they need to be successful in their next career, including careers that require certification other than a four-year degree. We’re committed to helping our service members succeed at every stage – on active-duty, in the reserves or as a veteran.”