The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that is recognized nationally.  The NCRC identifies an individual’s performance on three ACT WorkKeys® skills assessments:  Reading for Information, Locating Information, and Applied Mathematics.  These are the skills needed for most jobs in today’s economy.  Scores on these assessments determine the certificate level earned:  bronze, silver, gold, or platinum.

Individuals can work on building their skill levels at any of the five NCWorks Career Centers in The Regional Partnership Local Workforce Development Area by calling and setting up an appointment to take the assessments.  Individuals may also visit NCWorks Career Centers and work on KeyTrain® which is an Internet-based curriculum that helps individuals to achieve higher skills levels and prepares individuals to take the ACT WorkKeys® assessments through lessons and tests that measure an individual’s skills level and target areas needing improvement.

WorkKeys® assessments measure a range of essential work skills, including the ability to:

·         Perform basic mathematic operations relevant to the workplace

·         Read and understand documents commonly found in the workplace

·         Find information presented in common workplace graphics

·         Set up and solve complex work-related math problems

·         Determine the relevance of written information to work-related tasks

·         Apply information derived from graphics to work-related problems

Many employers recognize this credential on resumes and some employers prefer it.  If an employer requires the Career Readiness Certificate as part of their employment process, the job must first be profiled by a certified ACT Job Profiler.

The NCRC provides proof that an individual possesses the skills employers deem essential to workplace success.  Therefore, this improves career outcomes for everyone from new hires to current workers and enhances employers’ hiring, training, and promotion decisions.