• National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

    The National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) is designed to meet the needs of both employers and job seekers in our transitioning economy.

    • For employers, the NCRC offers a reliable means of determining whether a potential employee has the necessary literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills to be “job ready.”  

    • For job seekers, the NCRC serves as a portable credential that can be more meaningful to employers than a high school diploma or a resume citing experience in a different job setting.

    The NCRC is based upon WorkKeys, a nationally recognized skills assessment tool developed by ACT Inc. The NCRC measures and certifies the essential employability skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. It is awarded at four levels, based on the scores achieved on the component assessments. They are:

    • Platinum: Scores of Level 6 or higher on all three exams

    • Gold: Scores of Level 5 or higher on all three exams

    • Silver: Scores of Level 4 or higher on all three exams

    • Bronze: Scores of Level 3 or higher on all three exams

    For more information concerning the NCRC, go to: 


    Sharing Your Credential

    Once you have received your WorkKeys test scores, you should include them in college applications, job applications, and your resume. You can register your credentials using the ACT WorkKeys website after setting up an account. Use the following link to read more about the ACT WorkKeys credential and how it can benefit you as a potential job seeker and potential employer.


Last Modified on September 1, 2023