Coursera + USO: Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals!

Check out this specially designed 8-week course taught by Cory Boatwright, Air Force veteran and military transition expert. This free course provides actionable steps for building meaningful careers.

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The USO Pathfinder Transition Program and Coursera are offering FREE professional certifications

The USO has partnered with Coursera, a leading online education platform, to offer FREE access to one of 5 professional certificate offerings in a variety of relevant and high-value industries, 100% online, with no degree or prior experience required. Service members and military spouses enrolled in the USO Pathfinder® Transition Program will have the opportunity to select one Coursera professional certification of their choice to enrich their professional development. Choose from:

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Program Requirements

  • Active duty service members, National Guard, Reserve, and military spouses throughout military service are eligible for this program.
  • In order to apply, you must be an active program participant in the USO Pathfinder Transition program.

Ready to apply? Complete the form here.

Option 1: Google IT Support Professional Certificate

This is your path to a career in IT. In this program, you’ll learn in-demand skills that will have you job-ready in less than 6 months. No degree or experience required.

Empower yourself with a pathway to an in-demand career in IT

Prepare for a career in the high-growth field of IT, no experience or degree required. Get professional training designed by Google and get on the fast-track to a competitively paid job. Upon completion, you can directly apply for jobs with Google and over 130 U.S. employers, including Walmart, Best Buy, and Astreya.

This program is ACE® approved—when you complete, you can earn up to 12 college credits, the equivalent of 4 associate degree-level courses.



Note: USO learners receive 12 months of access to this self-guided certification program – on average, most learners complete this certificate in 6 months at a suggested pace of 5 hours per week.

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Option 2: Facebook Social Media Marketing Professional Certificate

Launch your career in social media marketing. Build job-ready skills and credentials to go from beginner to job ready in about 5 months. No degree or prior experience required.

Empower yourself with a pathway to an in-demand career in Social Media Marketing

Whether you’ve been tinkering with social media platforms for your business already or are completely new to the field of digital marketing, you’ve come to the right place. This 6 course program, developed by digital marketing experts at Aptly and Facebook, includes industry-relevant curriculum designed to prepare you for an entry-level role in social media marketing.




Note: USO learners receive 12 months of access to this self-guided certification program – on average, most learners complete this certificate in 6 months at a suggested pace of 6 hours per week.

$45,851 Median Social Media Marketing salary in the US Share on




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Option 3: Salesforce Sales Development Representative Professional Certificate

Unlock your potential in tech sales. Build job-ready skills for an in-demand career as an entry-level Sales Development Representative (SDR). No degree or prior experience required.

Empower yourself with a pathway to an in-demand career in Sales Development

Do you enjoy engaging with others and coming up with out-of-the-box solutions to their problems? Do you need to be immersed in a value-driving, stimulating industry that’s constantly giving you new, exciting challenges? Would you like to thrive in a high-energy environment that’s collaborative and data-driven? Then it sounds like tech sales is for you.




Note: USO learners receive 12 months of access to this self-guided certification program – on average, most learners complete this certificate in 5 months at a suggested pace of 5 hours per week.

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Option 4: IBM Data Analyst Professional Certificate

Unlock your potential in data analytics. Build job-ready skills for an in-demand career as a data analyst. No degree or prior experience required.

Empower yourself with a pathway to an in-demand career in Data Analytics

Learn the foundational skills required for an entry-level data analyst role through this nine course Professional Certificate from IBM and position yourself competitively in the thriving job market for data analysts.

Learn the core principles of data analysis and gain hands-on skills practice. You’ll work with a variety of data sources, project scenarios, and data analysis tools, including Excel, SQL, Python, Jupyter Notebooks, and Cognos Analytics, gaining practical experience with data manipulation and applying analytical techniques.




Note: USO learners receive 12 months of access to this self-guided certification program – on average, most learners complete this certificate in 3 months at a suggested pace of 10 hours per week.

$74,440 Median Data Analyst salary in the US Share on




749,363 Open Data Analyst roles in the US Share on




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Option 5: ASU Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Professional Certificate

Launch Your Career as an English Teacher! Master strategies to teach English as a second or foreign language.

Empower yourself with a pathway to a career in Education

This course is designed for anyone who wants to teach English anywhere in the world. If you want to become a teacher, polish your teaching skills, or add a credential to your resume, this is the course for you! Get certified by a nationally-ranked university.

Throughout this professional certificate, learners will write lesson plans, record themselves teaching, and create a professional teaching portfolio that is sure to impress current or future employers. In the final Capstone course, you will have the opportunity to submit a teaching portfolio for expert review.





Note: USO learners receive 12 months of access to this self-guided certification program – on average, most learners complete this certificate in 12 months at a suggested pace of 4 hours per week.

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