Certification Note that you
can click on many links by hovering over the text.
Note also that you have 15 years
from when you got out of the military to use these benefits.
You can receive reimbursement for licensing and certification tests you take on
or after March 1, 2001. (MGIB-AD, VEAP & DEA beneficiaries only.) Effective
January 6, 2006 MGIB-SR & REAP participants became eligible for this
program. These tests must be specifically approved for the G.I. Bill. There is
no limit to the number of test you may take, or number of times you may take
the same test. However, your entitlement is charged proportionate to the cost
of the test compared to your full-time monthly payment rate.
For recipients of the Post-9/11 GI Bill
you are limited to reimbursement for only 1 test, but your GI Bill entitlement
is not charged.
(As of 8/1/2011 there is
again no limit to the number of tests you can take, GI Bill 2.0 fixed that).
VA can pay only for the cost of the tests, up
to $2,000.00, and not other fees connected with obtaining a license or
certification. VA will pay for tests even if failed. Organizations providing
tests can obtain a supply of a VA Licensing and Certification
Pamphlet explaining this
Payment is issued after you submit proof of
payment, etc. to the VA.
Licensing and Certification TestsSearch for approved tests.
NOTE: If the test is not listed it doesn't
mean that it is not a valid test, it only means that we have not approved it
If you have never filed an application for
education benefits, you need to submit an application for benefits along with
your request for payment for a test or tests. If you are a veteran or are on
active duty, download VA Form 22-1990. If you are an eligible child or spouse,
download VA Form 22-5490.
Mail your application form together with your test information shown below to
the VA office listed below for your state.
(Click here to go to that information). Include the test
information in the Remarks section of the form.
Send us a copy of your test results with a
note requesting reimbursement.
Please include: *Your name and social
security number *The name of the test
or certification you took and the date you took it
*Name and address of
the organization issuing the license or certificate (not necessarily the
organization that administered the test)
*Cost of the test NOTE:
Registration fees, preparation guides, processing fees, etc. will not be
· *The following
statement: "I authorize release of my test information to VA."