NCRC - Employer's


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The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC®) demonstrates to employers that a job candidate possesses the foundational skills required across industries and occupations.

The NCRC is achieved by completing three WorkKeys® assessments that measure important workplace skills. The WorkKeys assessments and the NCRC were developed by ACT, a nationally-recognized assessment organization well known for college entrance testing.

The ACT WorkKeys job skill assessment system is an independently validated system used to evaluate jobs and compare the skills required by certain jobs. It verifies that a job candidate possessing an NCRC can handle tasks in:

Applied Math This assessment measures mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques related to work-related problems.

Workplace Documents This assessment measures the ability to read and use written text in job functions. Written text includes memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations.

Graphic Literacy This assessment measures the ability to compare, summarize, and analyze information found in workplace graphics.

Benefits of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

Pinpoint individuals with essential, verifiable workplace skills when making hiring decisions. The NCRC provides documentation that NCRC job candidates possess the foundational skills needed in the workplace.

Recognizing applicants with an NCRC helps:

Find Skilled Applicants: Know that job candidates possess relevant foundational skills.

Reduce Hiring/Training Costs: Diminish the need to train on basic skills.

Reduce Turnover: Match the best applicants with corresponding critical skills.

Collaboration & Partnership: Job postings on (JCW) are free for employers and includes an option to select the NCRC preference.

Connect with Qualified Candidates indicates which job candidates have achieved an NCRC. Search for candidates on JCW and look for those with an NCRC indicator.

A screen shot showing the four levels of NCRC and how they are represented within JCW while doing a candidate search

How the NCRC Works:

There are four levels of the NCRC, bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. The levels are determined by the job seeker's scores on the three WorkKeys assessments: Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy. An NCRC demonstrates the candidate has the basic, intermediate, advanced, or elite work skills needed for open positions.

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