The Navy COOL program is available to active-duty Navy and Navy Reserve, less Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), and Voluntary Training Unit (VTU). 

Check with Navy COOL to determine eligibility requirements for enlisted Sailors (E4 to E9) and Officers. 

Due to budget cuts, Navy COOL funding for RBLP Certifications is exhausted until October 2022.

Certification training and exams can be purchased using unit funding and SF182.

Military service members can earn their leadership certification no matter where they are stationed globally.

Our certification exams are conducted online.

Our Authorized Education Partners (AEPs) and Authorized Training Partners (ATPs) offer instructor-led online exam prep training.

Levels of Certification

is for front-line supervisors.

Sailors at pay grades
E4 and E5

is for middle managers.

Sailors at pay grades O1, O2, W1, and E6

is for senior leaders.

Sailors at pay grades O3 and above; W2-W5; and E7 – E9

Navy units may use SF182 and the government charge card to pay for exam prep training and our certification exams for personnel at paygrades E4-E9 and all Officers.

Benefits of Certification

Global Reach

Sailors stationed all over the globe can earn an RBLP leadership certification because exam prep training and certification exams are conducted virtually by video conference.

Range of Experience

No matter where you are in your military career, you may benefit from getting a credential that is related to your Navy training and experience.

Career Advancement

Earning a civilian credential may improve your prospects for assignments and promotion while you’re still in the Navy. An RBLP leadership certification can be added to your official military record.

Civilian Translation

Credentialing can help translate your Navy training, education, and experience into something that civilian employers recognize.

See what they’re saying.

Sailors who have earned certification through RBLP have a lot to say about the program.

This certification has helped me serve those I lead both as a Naval Officer and a Speaker, Coach, and Trainer.

Anthony Waite


This certification is an amazing way to translate all the leadership training service members receive, which all too often doesn’t translate to the civilian sector well. 

Brandon Andriot


The RBLP-T certification should be required for every new Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. 

Cristopher Silva


I have strongly encouraged my superiors, peers, and subordinates to consider this certification program.  

Daniel King


I have served in leadership positions for a long time (>20 years) and I can honestly say this certification process is one of the best I have been through. It really helped me to refocus on the highly important priority of building resilient teams to create learning organizations.

David Carter


Helpful links for sailors:  

– Use Full Credential Search to find the RBLP, RBLP-C, and RBLP-T leadership certifications

– Learn more about the Navy COOL Program 

– Review the Navy COOL Funding FAQ

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