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National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

Transfer your skills to the right position

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that helps build a job seeker’s confidence and verifies that his or her skills match an employer’s needs.

The backbone of this NCRC initiative is ACT, Inc.’s WorkKeys job skill assessment system which includes the three core assessments of Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information -- skills that are highly important to the majority of jobs in the workplace.

This, combined with an innovative job profiling process that accurately identifies the exact skills required for specific jobs is helping to create the perfect match between Wisconsin workers and jobs.

Printer at workBenefits of the National Career Readiness Certificate

Earning an NCRC can be your ticket to the job you've always wanted. And it's free and easy to access. The Certificate verifies your work readiness skill level to potential employers and demonstrates your commitment to success. If you want to improve your skills, Wisconsin also offers skills gap training through the KeyTrain® system -- aimed at helping improve WorkKeys and NCRC scores, enabling career growth and continued on-the-job success.

All of this adds up to a competitive advantage, better job opportunities and a brighter employment future.

Are there different levels of the NCRC?

There are four levels of the NCRC. They are determined by the participant’s score on the three WorkKeys assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information. The four levels are: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.

What do the different levels mean?

Bronze: The recipient has scored at least a Level 3 on each of the three assessments and possesses skills for 35 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.

Silver: The recipient has scored at least a Level 4 on each of the three assessments and possesses skills for 65 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.

Gold: The recipient has scored at least a Level 5 on each of the three assessments and possesses skills for 90 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.

Platinum: The recipient has scored at least a Level 6 on each of the three assessments and possesses skills for 99 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.

Why is an NCRC necessary? Working in pharmacy

  1. It demonstrates your basic skill levels in three specific areas to employers.
  2. It gives you an advantage when applying for jobs.
  3. Once employers know your skill levels, they can determine if you are a qualified candidate for their job openings, as the NCRC complements your diploma and resume.
  4. Employers across all businesses and industries are looking for a reliable way to measure foundational skills to ensure they are hiring qualified candidates.
  5. An NCRC increases the likelihood that you will be successful in a particular job.

I already have my high school diploma. Do I still need an NCRC Certificate?

Yes. Your diploma demonstrates your achievements in the academic world. The NCRC gives employers an insight into your work readiness skills, and skill levels in each of the three areas of Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. An NCRC complements your GED, high school diploma, or degree you’ve earned from a community college or university, and can often be more meaningful to an employer than a resume listing experiences in different job settings.

If I do not earn the NCRC on my first attempt, will I have an opportunity to try again? Woman in healthcare

Yes. One of the best things about the certificate is that you can continue to improve your skills through the KeyTrain® curriculum by completing computer based lessons.

Continuing to improve your basic job skills and proving to employers that you are motivated enough to work on them demonstrates that you are motivated to advance, improving your chances of moving into higher-paying jobs.

Information from ACT regarding the NCRC:

Job Seeker certificate

Already earned your NCRC?

Share your Personal Profile with prospective Employers.

How do I get signed up to take the WorkKeys Assessments in order to earn my NCRC? NCRC recipient

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