ACT WorkKeys for Employers

Find qualified applicants and reduce costs.

Pinpoint the Skills Needed to Grow Your Business

ACT® WorkKeys® assessments are a collection of proctored tests that measure the most important workplace skills affecting an individual’s job performance, and are the basis for the National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC)—the nation’s most recognized work readiness credential. Issued at four-levels of achievement, the NCRC measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations.

When you require or recommend the ACT WorkKeys NCRC from your applicants, you'll tap into the most qualified labor pool in your area.

With ACT WorkKeys, you can:

  1. Administer Assessments for Employees or Candidates 
  2. Purchase Curriculum for Employee Training 
  3. Match Skills to Jobs

What We Test and Why

Unlike other assessments, WorkKeys assessments don’t simply give an indication of reading and writing competency. Instead they measure a range of hard and soft skills relevant to any occupation, at any level, across industries.

Finding the Best Candidates...Easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Administer Assessments

ACT WorkKeys® assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace, and help measure the workplace skills that can affect job performance. Learn more about the assessments.

2. Train Employees

ACT WorkKeys Curriculum helps individuals build the essential career-relevant skills needed for learning, personal development and effective job performance. Learn more about the curriculum.

3. Match Skills to Jobs

ACT WorkKeys Job Profiling links job tasks with ACT WorkKeys assessments to pinpoint benchmarks for hiring, recruiting, advancement, and training, and ensures customized job analysis.

ACT WorkKeys Test Centers

Administer the assessments for job-seekers in your region, or assist your employees and candidates in finding existing test centers in your area.

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.

The National Career Readiness Certificate

Nationally certified. Nationally recognized.

Powered by the WorkKeys assessments, the National Career Readiness Certificate® helps individuals prove they possess the skills employers deem essential. The NCRC is a portable credential that helps job seekers and current employees improve their career outcome and succeed in a variety of career pathways.

Job Profiling

Job profiles identify the skill levels required for an occupation across jobs, companies, or industries. Job profiles can be used to set instructional standards and develop curricula designed to help students meet the skill requirements for occupations.

Success Stories

How Employers and Communities are Benefiting from ACT WorkKeys

How job skills help communities

Career readiness credentials are creating a buzz in education and workforce development because they arm students and job seekers with proof of their real-world skills.

But job seekers aren’t the only group helped by these credentials. They help businesses stay competitive and help communities attract employers.

Learn more about how communities are benefiting from certifying job skills.

ACT Work Ready Communities

ACT Workforce solutions are 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.

Map of Work Ready Communities in the United States

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