ARMY CA PROGRAMARMY CA PROGRAM

Army IgnitED has recognized Lean Alaska as a premier virtual (LIVE) Lean Six Sigma Training provider and added Lean Alaska to the approved training provider list. All of us at Lean Alaska are beyond excited to be validated by this federal tuition assistance program! More importantly, we’re excited to be able to provide and guide soldiers through the process improvement path via ARMY IgnitED. Army Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) is a tuition assistance program that pays for vocational and professional training courses for soldiers.

What Does This Mean?
Army soldiers can become Green Belt (LSSGB) or Black Belt (LSSBB) Certified at zero out of pocket cost. These certifications not only provide soldiers with the tools to benefit their units, it also prepares soldiers for entering the civilian workforce with process improvement experience. All of Lean Alaska certifications are approved by The Army Credentialing Assistance Program. As an added bonus, soldiers can also earn an Additional Skill Identifier (ASI, either 1W or 1Y). Lean Alaska's primary instructor is a Department of the Army certified Master Black Belt and can mentor a project to complete and facilitate submission to HQDA. All current Army requirements will have to be met to earn the ASI. Upon completion of training, the certificate can be added to the military education section of your ORB/ERB, and a validated project (equal to the level of training completed) will result in a verified project to earn your ASI.

How Do Soldiers Access These Benefits?
To utilize Army IgnitED, we recommend service members review the ARMY IgnitED process guide. Once reviewed, search for the credential/license you would like to earn using the Credentialing Assistance Program, Full Credential Search by typing in Lean Alaska in the vendor selection. You can also find LEAN ALASKA by searching Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (ICGB) or Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB), then look for Lean Alaska as the vendor (Typing in ALASKA first will quickly generate Lean Alaska as a Vendor). Once you have located Lean Alaska and selected the Green Belt or Black Belt, follow the "Apply for CA" guidelines and submit to your respective Education Service Office (ESO).
Lean Alaska is always happy to assist and answer any questions. We also recommend you work closely with your ESO when applying for the Army Credentialing Assistance Program.

                                   Credentialing Assistance Program Process Guide                                     Credentialing Assistance Program Checklist

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Credentialing Assistance (CA) is available on www.armyignited.com
  • All CA Requests must be submitted directly through ArmyIgnitED. The CA Request does not get submitted through the Education Center or Office.
  • Soldiers must submit CA Requests 30 business days from the start date of the course or exam
  • Soldiers have the option to request counseling from their Education Center or Office at any time prior to creating a CA Request
  • If Soldier does not see the vendor of choice (for training, exam, books, materials, etc.) select “Don’t See a Related Vendor?”. An email will appear requesting specific information which the Soldiers must provide to ACCESS, ArmyU who in turn will contact the vendor to update ArmyIgnitED with the information
  • It may take up to a few days prior to the start date of the course to receive approval email notifications from ACCESS, ArmyU

GREEN BELT REGISTRATION                                                       

 BLACK BELT REGISTRATION

How To Begin
1.  Register with Lean Alaska on the webpage under the desired Belt level you are wishing to attend
2. On the registration form be sure to fill out your civilian email address, full name, and complete address
3. Next please select the date you are wishing to attend the training
4. Were you referred? If so, please enter the persons unique code they provided you with
5. Click save and continue
6. on the Payment page, select CA Registration Quote Request
7. Click the PLACE ORDER
8. Once your order is placed please allow up to 24 hours for a quote to be emailed back to you. The email will contain instructions for ArmyignitED and the PDF Quote to submit to ArmyignitED.
9. Once you have submited the quote and registered with ArmyignitED, the last step is to screenshot or take a picture and email (trish@leanalaska.com) it back to verify you have submitted to ArmyignitED so that LEAN ALASKA can reserve your "seat" in the class.

Questions? Send an EMAIL to ArmyIgnitED@LeanAlaska.com
AIR FORCE COOLAIR FORCE COOL
Air Force COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) has also recognized Lean Alaska as a premier virtual (LIVE) Lean Six Sigma Training and Exam provider which in turn has placed Lean Alaska on the approved training provider list. Everyone at Lean Alaska are beyond excited to be validated by this federal tuition assistance program! More importantly, we’re excited to be able to provide and guide airmen through the Process Improvement path via Air Force COOL. The U.S. Air Force Credentialing Opportunity On Line (COOL) Program provides up to $4,500 in funding to enlisted RegAF, AFRES, and ANG component members for courses and exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential. Senior NCOs (E-7 through E-9) may also be eligible for leadership and management credentials. This voluntary program allows enlisted airmen to pursue civilian credentials, licenses, and certifications to enhance skills in an area within their control/duty AFSC.

What Does This Mean?
Credentialing has two purposes. First, it continues to professionalize the enlisted force by providing up-to-date industry-recognized credentials in an Airman or Space Professional’s job. Second, it provides a way for airmen to prepare for civilian life by ensuring that they are ready for work in the civilian sector. There are many aspects to credentialing including certifications and licenses. With Lean Alaska Airmen can become Green Belt (LSSGB) or Black Belt (LSSBB) Certified that is inline with IASSC. These certifications not only provide airmen with the tools to benefit their career, it also prepares you for entering the civilian workforce with process improvement experience with practical application. All of Lean Alaska certifications are approved by The Air Force COOL Program. Lean Alaska's primary instructor is an IASSC Certified Black Belt and a Department of the Army certified Master Black Belt.

How Do Airmen Access And Apply For These Benefits?
To apply for the Air Force COOL program, click onto the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC). If you meet the requirements, the first step is to search for approved, related credentials. Once you've chosen a credential for Lean Six Sigma (Black Belt or Green Belt is preferred), you will need to create an educational goal.
While you're creating this process after your supervisor has approved your educational goal, you'll be able to go into AFVEC and start uploading your supporting documentation. It is the member's responsibility to do the research and find the information that they're wanting to pursue. The AF COOL program does not offer that for you directly.

Lean Alaska is always happy to assist and answer any questions. We also recommend you work closely with your ESO when applying for the Army Credentialing Assistance Program.

AF COOL Credentialing Eligibility Letter

Once you've chosen a certification program, Lean Six Sigma (Black Belt or Green Belt), contact Lean Alaska to help provide you with the necessary vendor documentation to be uploaded to AFVEC.

GREEN BELT REGISTRATION

BLACK BELT REGISTRATION

HOW TO START A FUNDING REQUEST FOR AF COOL?
When you log into the system and you see on the right hand side of your AFVEC screen under self-service actions, click "Start a Funding Request". If you can't find the exam center that you are looking for in the drop down menu, select the hyperlink for "Find Exam Center". Type in the first word of the location you are looking for. Leave the State as All and hit Search. Next, put in the testing window. You have 60 days before the system pings you and tells you that you need to create a funding request for your exam. You can also create your exam request and the same time you do your study material request. Just know that the exam funding request will give you 120 days that you'll be able to submit for in your window and study material gives you 60 days. So be sure to utilize all of that time frame.

AF COOL APPROVAL PROCESS
Once you've created a funding request for your AF COOL certification exam and study preparation it's going to go to your supervisor for approval. Once your supervisor approves, it comes to the CPO. If all the documentation is uploaded and good to go, and the right dates and the right goal are input and match your funding request, they will approve and send it to the purchasing agents. They will make the payment on your behalf. You will receive and email at each point of this. Do not proceed to a test or study material without receiving all three of the approval emails from supervisor, CPO, and purchasing agent.

For more information please feel free to reach out to us at info@leanalaska.com