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The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) helps:

Find the RIGHT candidate

The NCRC is a transferable credential that proves an individual is work ready. It is a tool that demonstrates to employers that an individual possesses the basic skills required for success in today’s workforce. The program is based on hard-skills testing integrated into a system called WorkKeys®, which was created by ACT, a nationally-recognized assessment organization.

The ACT WorkKeys job skill assessment system is a validated, EEOC-compliant system used to evaluate jobs and compare the skills required by certain jobs. It verifies that the person can handle tasks in

These are skills critical in 77% of the jobs in the country.

Improve your bottom line

Assess the Work Readiness of Your Applicants

To qualify for a National Career Readiness Certificate, career seekers take the three WorkKeys assessments: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. Certificates are awarded in four levels, including Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Gold certificate

Bronze: The person scores at least a level 3 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 35 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database.

Silver: The person scores at least a level 4 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 65 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database.

Gold: The person scores at least a level five in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 90 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database.

Platinum: The person scores at least a level six or above in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 99 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys database.

[NCRC Registration and Assistance]

[Employer Letter of Support]

ACT Links:

ACT Resources:

More information on the assessments that make up the NCRC:

APPLIED MATHEMATICS

READING FOR INFORMATION

LOCATING INFORMATION

Legal Considerations

Wisconsin Businesses Support NCRC

Testimony from Wisconsin businesses about NCRC.

"As we recruit new members, we're always focused on finding the best candidates -- those who will be a good fit with the company for the long-term. The NCRC process is something we're now beginning to implement as one part of our recruiting process, as we feel it will help bring in the most qualified and strongest candidates to our company. Additionally, we see this as another tool we can utilize to help maintain standardized hiring practices across our company and reduce turnover."

-- John Schwantes, Senior Business Partner, Johnsonville Sausage

"Having NCRC preferred on our job orders has allowed us to tap into a group of people who are willing to take charge of their employment future. They are willing to put forth the effort (in taking the WorkKeys exams) to show us that they are serious about becoming a part of our team."

-- Wendy Bauer, Human Resources Manager, Universal Recycling Technologies

"The NCRC has helped dramatically in finding the ‘best fit’ for a candidate after they have made it through our interview process."

-- Chris Henry, Training Manager, Federal Mogul

The following are highlights of employers' WorkKeys success stories in other states:

Contact information:

For additional information, please send an email message to: jobcenterofwisconsin@dwd.wisconsin.gov

WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Certificate are registered trademarks of ACT, Inc.