National Career Readiness Certificate

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an industry-recognized, portable, evidence-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success. This credential is used across all sectors of the economy and verifies the following cognitive skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading and using work-related text
  • Applying information from workplace documents to solve problems
  • Applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems
  • Setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations
  • Locating, synthesizing, and applying information that is presented graphically
  • Comparing, summarizing, and analyzing information presented in multiple related graphics

Individuals can earn the NCRC by taking three WorkKeys® assessments:

  • Applied Math
  • Graphic Literacy
  • Workplace Documents

WorkKeys® assessments measure “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Assessment questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.
Your WorkKeys® scores will determine what level of certificate you are eligible to earn.

  • Bronze – scores at least a level 3 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 16 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database
  • Silver – scores at least a level 4 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 67 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database
  • Gold – scores at least a level 5 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 93 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database
  • Platinum – scores at least a level 6 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 99 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database

Benefits

Career Seekers – Provide employers with verifiable evidence of their job skills
Employers – Screen applicants and find the right workers for jobs at all levels, as well as make decisions about training and advancement of current employees
Educators – Ensure that their students are ready for meaningful careers
Industry Associations – Adopt the NCRC as the foundational credential of their skills certification systems
Economic Developers – Inform businesses’ decisions about where to locate or expand by demonstrating the skill level of regional labor sheds
Workforce Developers – Help to supply employers with workers possessing the necessary skills to meet demand

For more information, visit the ACT website.

Contact

Jenny Troyer
Director, Career Development Program
troyerj@sandhills.edu
(910) 695-3926

For information on how to schedule and take the WorkKeys® Assessments, click here.