Certificate + License Info

State or local certifications and/or licenses are required in many portable careers. While the licensing and certifications process can present obstacles, such portable careers can be a great choice for a military spouse trying to maintain a career throughout countless PCS seasons. Licensing and certification cover a wide variety of fields and include trade school programs.

Our scholarship program and our partners offer funds for spouses pursuing certifications, trade school, licenses, and more. Learn More>>

FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Accredited Financial Counselor® Fellowship


Military Spouse FINRA Fellowship Application will be open March 1 through April 21

The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) in association with the National Military Family Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation is pleased to announce the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Accredited Financial Counselor® Fellowship. This program provides military spouses with the education necessary to enter the financial counseling career field.

The fellowship covers the costs associated with completing the Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) training and the first two attempts at both exams. Upon successful completion of the program and required practicum, the participant will be awarded the Accredited Financial Counselor® designation from AFCPE®.

Visit www.militaryspouseafcpe.org for more information.

Please click here if you would like to receive an email notification about this program (Select Military Spouse Scholarships + Education eNotices).

State Licensing Requirements

State licensing requirements may restrict career portability for some military spouses.

Those military spouses who require a license to work are encouraged to contact their state licensing board early to inquire about the licensing process.

Efforts have been made to streamline license portability for military spouses using one of three strategies: endorsing existing licenses, issuing temporary licenses, or conducting expedited review processes for military spouses.

However, some states exclude certain professions from meeting these requirements, such as attorneys or teachers.

If you are PCSing with Mental Health credentials, click here to view our checklist.

If you are PCSing with a Teaching license, click here to view our checklist.

Be sure to review the licensing requirements in the state where you are planning to seek work. 

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