ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

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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. See who is eligible.

Validate Foundational Skills for Workforce Preparedness

Help learners of all ages earn, verify, certify, and share the essential foundational skills for workplace success with the WorkKeys NCRC—a portable, evidence-based credential earned by completing and ranking scores in the Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents WorkKeys Assessments.

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.

5 Million NCRCs Earned...and Counting

Your personal and professional achievement of earning a WorkKeys NCRC puts a spotlight on your critical foundational skills that employers and communities want and need. Businesses and organizations use and accept the WorkKeys NCRC to close skills gaps and align their development efforts. The greater the awareness of these credentials, the greater the value to everyone in the workforce ecosystem.

Leverage Your WorkKeys NCRC for College Credits!

The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends that colleges and universities award up to six semester hours of college credit in Technical Mathematics and Introduction to Information Literacy to individuals who earn the WorkKeys NCRC at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum level. 

Congratulations on Earning a WorkKeys NCRC Certification!

Follow these tips and tricks to make sure your credential is recognized. 

Accept Your Digital NCRC Badge 

A badge is a digital asset used to communicate a learning achievement or credential. You can share your NCRC badge with anyone you’d like, wherever you’d like: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, email, on your resume, or embedded in a website. If you’re a Platinum, Gold, or Silver badge earner, you can also obtain college credits through digitally sharing your transcript with accepting institutions. A viewer can click on your badge and will be taken back to Credly to view all the details of your achievement. Upon earning your WorkKeys NCRC, you will receive an email from Credly to accept your digital badge.  

Celebrate Your Accomplishment 

Share the news with friends, family, institutions, and colleagues  — as well as potential future employers. What better way to do this than through your social media channels like Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter?  

LinkedIn Tip: When you add your WorkKeys NCRC credential to the end of your name on LinkedIn, recruiters searching for individuals with a National Career Readiness Certificate will be able to easily find you! 


Download PDF and Printable Resources

Download the flyers and posters below to learn and share more about the benefits and next steps of WorkKeys NCRC digital badging with individuals, K12 educators, community college and adult education testing centers, workforce developers, and employers. 


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A badge is a digital asset used to communicate a learning achievement or credential. You can share your badges with anyone you’d like, wherever you’d like: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, email, on your resume, or embedded in a website. A viewer can click on your badge and will be taken back to Credly to view all the details of your achievement.


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Frequently Asked Questions

If you earned your certification in the last 5 years, you may be able to activate a digital badge.

If you provided an email address when you registered to take the NCRC or in MyWorkKeys you are eligible for a digital badge - when they are launched after August 2nd.

If you did not provide an email address when you registered, you will not be eligible for a digital badge at this time.  Stay tuned for updates on digital badging.

After launch – if you do not receive an email from Credly by August 5th, you may be able to create an account and request a badge thru Credly with;

  • the email you provided during registration,
  • first Name,
  • certification ID number, and
  • certification level (Silver, Gold, Platinum) (Bronze only if you earned it after July 1, 2022)

If you took a paper assessment and did not share your email, you are not eligible for a digital badge at this time.

Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted, and easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of your achievement and your capabilities. Credly also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through the Credly platform.

Credly is a digital badge platform that works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.

You can share your badge directly from the Credly platform to LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website; or in your email signature.

We have partnered with Credly’s digital badge platform to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share, and verify your competencies digitally.

Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification, or learning outcome which can be verified online in real time.

You will receive an email notification from Credly ( with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Credly platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

Labor market insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills, you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges, and more. Search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through Credly. Access the labor market insights from your badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs, or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.

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