The Veterans Administration has a number of programs to assist veterans, but one of the programs that are not as well known is for the Vocational and Licensing Certification program. This is a program that provides benefits and reimbursement for certification and licensing type tests as well as some other benefits. There are specific types of licensing and certification that qualify for GI Bill Funding. The VA is able to reimburse for the cost of fees for the tests themselves, not any other fees that are associated for licensing or certification.
There are a number of jobs that are required in the business world, and the federal workforce. You can obtain a certification or license when you meet certain requirements, and you have some jobs that must have license or certification before you can start work. Most professions you have to have some type of license, while others certification can be voluntary but often helps to have. Having the right certification can advance or help you keep a job at times.
For jobs from computers to medical fields, to more vocational pursuits having the right license or certification can make all the difference in the world. You can receive funding for reimbursement for up to $2,000 dollars for each type or test that you take, but the cost has to be restricted to the specific cost of the test or certificate fee, you cannot receive more than the actual cost. If you fail a test you can retake it and receive benefits for it again, but you are not able to retake a test if you passed it, nor receive benefits for tests that you pass after passing them once.
If you use VA benefits such as the Montgomery GI bill, you will have your benefits reduced slightly, by the amount that you use to pay for test or certification test fees. You are eligible to receive benefits for tests and certifications if you are eligible for Montgomery GI Bill Active duty benefits. If you are a reservist you do not qualify for this benefit, but there are other benefits that reservists are eligible for.
You are also eligible for the vocational license testing benefit if you qualify for Dependents Educational Assistance or VEAP. You have 10 years from your date of separation from Active duty to qualify and use your benefits.