The National Career Readiness Certificate

The National Career Readiness Certificate

Helping students with life after high school - no matter what the career path.

The ACT NCRC Demonstrates Career Readiness

When students 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).

"For those who do choose a CTE [career and technical education] 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 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, work-based learning programs, or through postsecondary paths, because it is a valid predictor of job performance.

For example, 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.

The ACT NCRC Demonstrates College Competence

In addition, students pursuing a postsecondary education are eligible for college credit because the ACT NCRC demonstrates college-level competency. Achieving a Platinum or Gold level is comparable to achievement in college-level coursework. Credit awards are at the discretion of each school.

Learn more about ACE’s recommendationLearn more about awarding college credit as part of a prior learning assessment program.



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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