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  • Writer's pictureTim Dalhouse

GI Bill Pays for PMP Certification for Air Force Officers

If you're an Air Force Officer, AF COOL may have left you out of the funding opportunity to pay for Project Management Professional (PMP) certification that enlisted members enjoy, but the Veteran's Administration has your back! While you are still on active duty, you can cover the entire cost of PMP training and the exam fee with just one month of your Post-9/11 GI Bill through our VA qualified program at PM-ProLearn.

In the ever-evolving landscape of professional development and career advancement, the importance of certifications cannot be overstated, particularly for officers transitioning from the military to a civilian career. Among these, the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification stands out as a gold standard across most industries. It not only validates one’s expertise in project management but also significantly enhances career opportunities. However, there’s a notable disparity in how professional development opportunities, like PMP certification, are funded within the military, especially between officers and enlisted personnel in the Air Force. This discrepancy brings to light a unique opportunity for Air Force Officers to strategically utilize their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for advancing their careers.

A True Tale of Career Transformation

In 2015, I taught a PMP class at Camp Lejeune that was attended by a Marine Corps Officer and a Master Sergeant. Their story illustrates the profound impact that PMP certification can have on career trajectories. Both individuals retired from the military around the same time and applied for the same civilian project manager position. Despite their shared background, the Master Sergeant, who had earned his PMP certification, was chosen for the role over the officer who had not completed his PMP exam. This certification not only gave him an edge in the job market but also flipped their roles when he later became the hiring manager and employed the officer as a project team member working under him. Now who was saluting who? This narrative highlights a pivotal lesson: the tangible value of PMP certification in career advancement and its ability to level the plying field.

The Challenge for Air Force Officers

Unlike their enlisted counterparts, Air Force Officers find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to funding for PMP certification. The Air Force COOL program, which covers training and exam fees for various professional certifications, unfortunately does not extend this benefit to officers. This gap poses a significant barrier to officers who wish to pursue PMP certification to enhance their post-military career prospects.

Bridging the Gap with the Post-9/11 GI Bill

Time to embrace a new strategy: Air Force Officers can employ one month of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to cover the cost of PMP training and the exam fee through PM-ProLearn. This approach not only circumvents the funding barrier but also ensures that officers can leverage this prestigious certification for their civilian career transition. PM-ProLearn, a training company qualified for Veterans Administration reimbursement through the GI Bill, offers a comprehensive PMP training program specifically designed to equip veterans with the knowledge and skills required to excel in project management roles.

Why Choose PM-ProLearn?

PM-ProLearn stands out for several reasons:

  • Veteran-focused curriculum: Tailored to bridge the gap between military service and civilian project management standards.

  • GI Bill reimbursement: The program is fully reimbursable through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, making it financially accessible for officers.

  • Success Stories Abound: PM-ProLearn boasts an incredible number of success stories for first-time PMP exam takers, ensuring a solid return on your educational investment. See some of those stories here:

No More Excuses

The transition from military to civilian life presents both challenges and opportunities. For Air Force Officers, the disparity in professional development funding is a hurdle that can be overcome with strategic planning. By investing just one month of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits into PMP certification through PM-ProLearn, officers can significantly enhance their employability and career prospects in the civilian workforce.

The story of the Marine Corps Officer and Master Sergeant is more than a narrative; it’s a valuable lesson in the power of certification to transform careers. Don’t let a funding barrier excuse hold you back. Embrace the opportunity to advance your career through PMP certification and step into the civilian world with confidence and a competitive edge.

Start today by calling PM-ProLearn at 301-494-3888 or emailing us at

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