Section 305 of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, known as the “Forever GI Bill,” requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in consultation with the State Approving Agencies, to develop and administer required training for School Certifying Officials (SCOs) effective August 1, 2018.
Training is required for “new” SCOs who work at covered educational institutions that have enrolled 20 or more individuals using GI Bill® benefits. Covered educational institutions also include those other locations (e.g. branch campuses, extensions, satellite locations, annexes, etc.) that have a combined 20 or more individuals using GI Bill® benefits. Click Covered Educational Institution to verify if your facility is subject to the training requirement. SCOs who have questions regarding covered educational institutions should direct them to the ELR of jurisdiction. Procedures are forthcoming for individuals who are not subject to this training requirement.
New SCOs at educational institutions that have enrolled 20 or more individuals using GI Bill benefits will be required to take training.
The training program consists of multiple training modules designed to present the concepts and procedures necessary for a SCO to successfully perform the basic functions of his/her duties.
VA will send reminders and notifications to SCOs throughout the training window to make them aware of the deadline. If a SCO is non-compliant after the deadline has passed, an automated email will be sent informing them of the impending loss of their ability to certify. Following that, VA may disapprove any course of education offered by the educational institution if it fails to ensure its SCO(s) satisfies the training requirements.
Note: Effective August 1, 2018, this training will be replaced for new School Certifying Officials only, as described above.
Online Training For New School Officials - This training is designed for school officials and those not familiar with the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The content may also be used as refresher training. Viewing the courseware requires Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher.