The National Career Readiness Certificate

The National Career Readiness Certificate


"For those who do choose a CTE path, they would also leave with some industry-standard credentials and technical studies, so we think it's a good way to ensure students have a broad array of choices after they graduate." - Jo Ann Honeycutt, CTE Director at North Carolina DPI

The ACT NCRC can help students on a postsecondary path.

You are preparing your students for life beyond high school, including their careers. When they join the job hunt, their job applications will mix with many others on the desks of employers. How can you help your students move their applications to the top of the stack? Give them the opportunity to earn the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC).

The ACT NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies the essential skills for workplace success. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school or through postsecondary paths, because it is a valid predictor of job performance.

For example:

  • The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends that its network of more than 1,000 institutions give three semester hours of college credit to an individual who earns the ACT NCRC at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum level. This recommendation is followed at the discretion of each school. For details, go to
  • The ACT NCRC is the foundation of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) stackable credential program. It is also a key component of credentialing programs in other industries, such as energy, construction, and information technology.  Students on various career paths earn the ACT NCRC on their way to earning industry credentials and certifications. 



A National Career Readiness Certificate is earned by completing the three WorkKeys Assessments

  • Applied Math
  • Workplace Documents
  • Graphic Literacy

Also available in Spanish:

  • Evaluación de Matemáticas Aplicadas
  • Evaluación de Localización de Información
  • Evaluación de Comprensión de Lectura

Examinees that complete the Spanish-language versions of the assessments are eligible for an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate en Español.

After earning the ACT NCRC, students can easily set up an online account at that enables employers to verify their credentials quickly and conveniently. They’ll also want to showcase their accomplishment by including information about achieving the ACT NCRC on their resumes and job applications.


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