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The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC®) is a portable and national credential that measures and certifies essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. Certifications are defined as a qualification, achievement, personal quality, or aspect of a person's background, typically when used to indicate that they are suitable for something.
Step 1: Get signed up:
- Go to your local Job Center
- Send an email to JobCenterofWisconsin@dwd.wisconsin.gov for more information or
- Call the Job Service Call Center to get started: 888-258-9966.
Step 2: Practice:
ACT WorkKeys Curriculum allows you to practice for the assessments you need to achieve an NCRC.
Step 3: Take the WorkKeys Assessments:
The WorkKeys assessments demonstrate to employers that you have the skills they need to fill open positions.
Step 4: Get your NCRC:
There are four levels of the NCRC, bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. They are determined by your scores on the three WorkKeys assessments. The higher the scores, the higher level you will receive. You are demonstrating to employers that you have the basic, intermediate, advanced, or elite work skills that make you marketable when applying for jobs.
Step 5: Add your NCRC to your resume
Place your NCRC on your resume to demonstrate your verified skills to employers. JobCenterofWisconsin.com lets employers search for candidates with an NCRC and lets you search for employers who request an NCRC from job candidates.
Benefits of the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate ((ACT WorkKeys NCRC®))
- Provides evidence of your work skills to employers
- Demonstrates to employers that you are a life-long learner
- Fills gaps on your resume
- Builds your confidence
- Gives you an advantage over other applicants
- No cost to you!
I already have my high school diploma or other academic degree. Do I still need an NCRC Certificate?
Yes. Your diploma or degree demonstrates your achievements in the academic world. The NCRC demonstrates to employers that you have specific workplace skills.
If I do not earn the NCRC on my first attempt, will I have an opportunity to try again?
Yes. One of the best things about the certificate is that you can continue to improve your skills as proof to employers that you are motivated and hard-working. You can continue to take the practice tests to help raise your NCRC level and increase your chances of moving into higher-paying and more desirable positions.