NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Navy's Master-at-Arms (MA) professionals can now earn formal certification in homeland security as part of the Navy's free Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) program.
COOL gives Sailors the opportunity to earn civilian certifications and licenses that correspond to their military work experience and career goals.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity for our security force personnel to not only broaden their military career, but also narrow the professional gap between them and their civilian counterparts in terms of professional credentials," said Jose Bautista, deputy director of MA career management at the Center for Security Forces. "As of 10 June, there have been over 500 certifications funded through COOL for personnel in the master-at-arms rating, which makes this a very exciting inaugural year."
The American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI) has certified professionals across America in homeland security since 2003 through its Certification in Homeland Security (CHS) program.
ACFEI divides the CHS program into five levels commensurate to various career milestones and work experiences of Sailors and other security professionals from the public, private, and government sectors, which includes incident management and first-responder organizations.
Level I covers disasters and introductory concepts related to basic emergency preparedness. Level II takes an in-depth look into the world and weapons of terrorism, where they have been used, how they cause injury, and what can be done to avoid or minimize harm. Level III discusses the scope of proactive emergency preparedness and focuses on involvement in community and coordinated group efforts and emphasizes leadership. Levels IV and V are advanced levels reserved for those members who have completed all previous levels.
An additional benefit for MAs who earn a certification in homeland security includes a CHS membership that provides access to a network of training resources and a pool of professionals who work collaboratively to improve homeland security.
The American Board for Certification in Homeland Security Web site (www.chs.acfei.com) provides additional information into the benefits of earning a certification in homeland security.
To enroll in the CHS program, visit https://www.cool.navy.mil/ma.htm.
For more news from the Center for Security Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/csf/.