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