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Total Registered Certificates last updated October 25, 2010

  • Platinum Certificates: 3,171
  • Gold Certificates: 133,518
  • Silver Certificates: 370,529
  • Bronze Certificates: 184,696
  • Total Certificates: 691,914

ACT began issuing National Career Readiness Certificates in September 2006. Each Certificate is assigned a unique registration number that indicates the Certificate's authenticity. Employers can also use the registration number to verify the details of an individual's Certificate.

The numbers listed above represent the National Career Readiness Certificates registered in ACT's database.

National Career Readiness Certificate Programs

Alaska

The National Career Readiness Certificate is being issued in Alaska by the Department of Labor and Department of Education. Both departments have been issuing The Certificate since the spring of 2008.

Arizona

Arizona has regional activity with the City of Phoenix, Tucson Unified School District, and Yavapai College.

Arkansas

The University of Arkansas–Fort Smith is issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate to students.

California

California has regional programs with the Central Coast Consortium and Work2Future. Both programs began in July 2009.

Connecticut

Connecticut began issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate in May 2008. Testing is done through Department of Labor locations across the state. They continue to issue credentials on a weekly basis, while raising recognition of the credential statewide.

Florida

The Florida Ready to Work program issues state certificates with an ACT-authorized certificate number for employers to verify using the National Career Readiness Certificate database.

Georgia

Georgia Work Ready was launched by Governor Sonny Perdue in August 2006. As part of Georgia Work Ready, individuals receive state certificates with an ACT-authorized certificate number for employers to verify in the National Career Readiness Certificate database.

Guam

In 2010, the Department of Labor and the Guam Community College began issuing National Career Readiness Certificates.

Hawaii

National Career Readiness Certificates are being issued by the O’ahu Workforce Investment Board.

Illinois

Illinois has numerous high schools and community and technical colleges, as well as a youth outreach program, issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate. This regional activity began in early 2009.

Indiana

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development and WorkOne have established a statewide National Career Readiness Certificate program. For more information, contact:

Patty Spencer
Product Development Coordinator WorkOne
812/941-6419
pspencer@jobworksinc.org

Iowa

In April 2009, The Iowa Department of Workforce Development implemented a statewide National Career Readiness Certificate program.

Kentucky

The state of Kentucky’s Office of Employment and Training implemented a statewide National Career Readiness Certificate program. The Certificate is signed by Governor Steve Beshear and Dave Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Louisiana

The Louisiana Workforce Commission, which is made up of the Department of Labor and Department of Education, is now offering the National Career Readiness Certificate statewide.

Maryland

Allegany College of Maryland and Anne Arundel Community College are now issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate.

Michigan

In 2006, Michigan began regionally adopting the National Career Readiness Certificate by organizing and developing leadership teams across the state to advocate and drive adoption. Recently, the Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG) established a statewide initiative that includes a co-branded Certificate signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Minnesota

Minnesota has regional adoption throughout the state and has been issuing National Career Readiness Certificates since July 2009.

Missouri

The Missouri Division of Workforce Development is now issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate. The Missouri state seal and Governor Jay Nixon's signature are printed on The Certificate.

Montana

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry have implemented a statewide National Career Readiness Certificate program. The Certificate is signed by Governor Brian Schweitzer.

Nebraska

Nebraska has one community college issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate. Mid-Plains Community College implemented the program in January 2009.

Nevada

Truckee Meadows Community College and Nevada State High School are issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate.

New Jersey

In New Jersey, National Career Readiness Certificates are being issued by the Edison Job Corps Academy.

New Mexico

The National Career Readiness Certificate is being issued in New Mexico by the Department of Labor, in conjunction with New Mexico Technet and the Department of Corrections. Credentials are signed by Governor Bill Richardson and Terri Cole, chair of the New Mexico Workforce Development Board. Certificates have been distributed to individuals since October 2008.

New York

In New York, National Career Readiness Certificates are being distributed regionally through Syracuse University, Northern Area Health Education Center (NAHEC), Corning Community College, and the South Bronx and Brooklyn Job Corps Academies.

North Carolina

As of October 2009, the North Carolina program issues state certificates with an ACT-authorized certificate number for employers to verify in the National Career Readiness Certificate database.

Ohio

Ohio has regional activity, with numerous career centers, community colleges and a school district issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate.

Oklahoma

The Comanche Nation College in Oklahoma is issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate.

Oregon

Since May 2008, the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development has been issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate. Learn more at www.oregonncrc.org.

Pennsylvania

The Department of Labor has organized an initiative to help career centers across the state of Pennsylvania issue the National Career Readiness Certificate.

South Carolina

As part of the Work Ready South Carolina program, individuals receive state certificates with an ACT-authorized certificate number for employers to verify in the National Career Readiness Certificate database.

South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Labor began issuing National Career Readiness Certificates in August 2009.

Tennessee

Tennessee initiated statewide adoption in October 2007. In June 2009, it began issuing National Career Readiness Certificates through Technology Centers and Department of Labor sites.

Texas

Texas has regional programs issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate throughout the state—Concho Valley Workforce Development Board, Frenship ISD and Northeast Lakeview College.

Utah

The Utah Department of Workforce Services has implemented a statewide National Career Readiness Certificate program.

Vermont

Community colleges of Vermont and the State of Vermont began issuing the National Career Readiness Certificate in mid-April 2009. Testing is done at community college sites throughout the state.

Virginia

Virginia has regional activity through the Blue Ridge and Old Dominion Job Corps Centers, along with Inova Health System.

Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development began issuing The Certificate at testing sites across the state in September 2009.

Wyoming

The Wyoming career ready initiative is a joint partnership between the following entities: The Governor's Office, Wyoming Community Colleges, Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. As part of the Wyoming program, individuals receive state certificates with an ACT-authorized certificate number for employers to verify in the National Career Readiness Certificate database.