National Career Readiness Certificate

A benefit of the WorkKeys program is the opportunity for individuals to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

This certificate is recognized nationally and complements other traditional credentials such as a high school diploma, technical certificate, and/or college degree. While these education credentials mark the fulfillment of classroom learning, the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) verifies that an individual possesses the essential core employability skills required to be successful in today’s workplace.

To earn an NCRC, individuals must successfully complete the three WorkKeys assessments:

  • Applied Math - This assessment measures skills used in mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving based on problems and calculations that occur in the workplace.
  • Locating Information - This assessment measures skills used when working with workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, maps, and instrument gauges.
  • Reading for Information - This assessment measures skills used when reading and using written text in order to do a job. The written text includes memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, and policies.

There are four levels of certification based on the scores earned on the above three assessments:

  • Bronze - To achieve this level an individual must score a 3 on each of the three assessments. This score indicates an individual has skills for 35% of today’s jobs.
  • Silver - To achieve this level an individual must score a 4 on each of the three assessments. This score indicates an individual has skills for 65% of today’s jobs.
  • Gold - To achieve this level an individual must score a 5 on each of the three assessments. This score indicates an individual has skills for 90% of today’s jobs.
  • Platinum - To achieve this level an individual must score a 6 on each of the three assessments. This score indicates an individual has skills for 99% of today’s jobs.

For more information on the National Career Readiness Certificate please visit: http://www.act.org/certificate