National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

The NCRC® is accepted by more than 10,000 employers nationwide as a reliable way to verify individuals' work skills.


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Features and Benefits

The NCRC makes a difference

The NCRC is a valuable resource for a variety of people. The NCRC helps:

  • Job seekers and current employees improve their career outcomes
  • Students prepare to succeed in a variety of career pathways
  • Educators gain confidence that their students are ready for life after high school
  • Employers and human resources professionals improve their hiring, training, and promotion decisions
  • Workforce developers better assist those they serve, including displaced workers, in entering or reentering the job market
  • Economic developers provide evidence of a skilled workforce that helps attract business and industry
  • Industry associations have a foundation for building systems of stackable credentials
  • Policymakers and legislators gain a resource to create policy and legislative solutions to the nation’s economic and educational challenges

When individuals earn the NCRC, they become part of a robust workforce that helps their community’s economy thrive—which benefits everyone.

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What It Takes

Proof of essential work skills

Earning the NCRC starts with an assessment—three of them, actually. Choose a convenient location from hundreds nationwide to complete the following WorkKeys® assessments: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

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Creating Career Opportunities

The NCRC gives individuals proof that they possess the skills employers deem essential to workplace success, opening doors to new career possibilities for everyone from students just entering the workforce to longtime employees.


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Ensuring College and Career Readiness

North Carolina—one of 30 states issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate in statewide or regional programs—uses WorkKeys assessments to help students measure and certify their skills.


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Test Administration and Delivery

ACT administers and scores millions of tests each year with the highest levels of integrity and accuracy. Being a test administrator for the WorkKeys assessments requires an active understanding of our testing policies and procedures. WorkKeys assessments are considered high stakes. All testing staff are required to complete a training program in preparation for testing center operations. Call 800. 967.5539 or contact us for more information on test administration training.

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RegiSTAR System

RegiSTAR, an online system used for the reporting of NCRCs, facilitates the issuance and management of NCRCs by institutions.

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