ACT WorkKeys for Educators and Administrators
Announcing Digital Badges for the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®)
We’re excited to announce that ACT has partnered with Credly to award Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze WorkKeys NCRC earners with digital badges. This is an opt-in service, allowing achievements and badges to be easily socialized to online platforms.
Prepare Your Students for Workplace Success
There’s never been a more challenging time to be an educator. Ensure your students are career ready and boost their employability with the WorkKeys suite.
WorkKeys is a system of assessments and curriculum that build and measure essential workplace skills that can affect your job performance and increase opportunities for career changes and advancement. By completing the assessments, students can earn the National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®).
With ACT WorkKeys, your school can:
- Administer WorkKeys Assessments
- Provide test prep for WorkKeys Assessments
- Help students match their interests to job skills profiles
- Award college credit for WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate
Administer ACT WorkKeys
Being a test administrator for the ACT WorkKeys assessments requires an active understanding of our testing policies and procedures.
Webinar On-Demand: Turning Digital Badges into Career Currency
View this webinar on-demand to learn the value of digital badging from experts in the field representing ACT, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, and Pearson.
Helping Your Students...Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!
1. Administer Assessments
Workplace skill requirements are outpacing educators’ ability to prepare their students, leaving a widening skills gap. Ensure that your students are prepared for life beyond their diploma with ACT WorkKeys® - the cornerstone of the ACT workforce solutions. Learn more about the assessments.
2. Prep for Assessments
When your students use ACT WorkKeys Curriculum, they aren’t just working on increasing assessment scores, they have the opportunity to earn the NCRC, as well as enhance the cognitive foundational skills required for success in the workplace. Learn more about the curriculum.
3. Match Skills to Jobs
The ACT WorkKeys job profiling method links job tasks with ACT WorkKeys assessments to pinpoint benchmarks for hiring, recruiting, advancement, and training. ACT job profiling takes a focus-group approach, using input from employees to ensure customized job analysis.
4. Award College Credit for WorkKeys NCRC
Research shows that students who earn credit through prior learning assessment (PLA) programs persist to graduation at a greater rate than those who do not earn credit. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends that colleges and universities award up to six semester hours of college credit to an individual who earns the WorkKeys NCRC at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum level.
Provide information to students and parents on the importance of taking the assessments and earning an NCRC.
Help your students find a test center if you're not offering WorkKeys assessments at your school.
Upon purchase of WorkKeys assessments, you may want to consider becoming a testing location for others outside of your institution.
Achieving a Platinum, Gold, or Silver NCRC level is comparable to achievement in college-level coursework.
ACT WorkKeys Curriculum
A proven tool for helping individuals acquire skills critical to workplace success.
The Curriculum is easy to implement. It can be accessed from any computer, tablet, or mobile device with a browser that supports HTML5. No apps to install. No plugins necessary. An ACT WorkKeys Curriculum site license for your institution provides you with unlimited access to the curriculum.
How Educators and Communities are Benefiting from ACT WorkKeys
Work Ready Communities
ACT WorkKeys system is helping counties, states, and regions throughout the nation build a more productive workforce and encourage economic growth through the ACT Work Ready Communities (WRC) initiative.