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National Career Readiness Certificate

What is the certificate?

NCRCFor Career Seekers - Each day employers receive stacks of applications for only a handful of open positions.  With the National Career Readiness Certificate, issued by ACT, you can prove you have the skills for the job.  The Certificate provides proof of your job skills for employers nationwide.

For Employers - Now more than ever, American businesses need a strong, skilled workforce to overcome today’s challenges.  When you ask for the National Career Readiness Certificate, issued by ACT, you will profit with the most skilled employees at your business.  The Certificate is the work-related skills credential, providing objective documentation of employees’ skills that can be accepted nationwide.

The Certificate is composed of three WorkKeys® assessments that measure skills critical to on-the-job success:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Reading for Information
  • Locating Information

WorkKeys® assessments measure “real-world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success.  The WorkKeys® scores will determine which level of certification is earned.

  • Bronze – scores at least a level 3 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 16 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys® database.
  • Silver – scores at least a level 4 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 67 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys® database.
  • Gold – scores at least a level 5 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 93 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys® database.
  • Platinum – scores at least a level 6 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary foundational skills for 99 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys® database.

Introducing the NCRC Plus

Foundational knowledge and skills related to job tasks are the most valid predictors of work performance.  Combining measures of cognitive skills with measures of work-related behaviors, or soft skills, brings even greater accuracy to predictions about an individual’s success at work or in training.  In addition to the cognitive skills listed above, the NCRC Plus ranks individuals in the following soft skills categories:

  • Work Discipline: Productivity and dependability
  • Teamwork: Tolerance, communication and attitude
  • Customer Service Orientation: Interpersonal skills and perseverance
  • Managerial Potential: Persuasion, enthusiasm and problem solving
The NCRC Plus ranks individuals with 1–4 stars in each of the categories listed above.  Higher numbers of stars reflect personal characteristics that indicate stronger inclination for success.  Individuals can earn the NCRC Plus by taking the WorkKeys® Talent assessment.Add Content...

NCRC Assessment Prep

Get prepared for the National Career Readiness Certificate through an Internet-based system called KeyTrain.  The KeyTrain system includes self-paced computer instruction, pre- and post-assessments and an occupational job profile database.  These components can be used to help you learn, practice and demonstrate the skills needed to succeed in your desired career.

For more information on WorkKeys®, NCRC, NCRC+ and KeyTrain, please contact the Capital City Training Center at 217-782-1086.

NCRC+ Assessment Schedule

July 19, 2012 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
August 16, 2012 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
September 20, 2012 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
October 18, 2012 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 15, 2012 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
December 20, 2012 8:00 am – 1:00 pm





Costs: $99/person to take all four tests to earn the NCRC+; $199/person to take all four tests to earn the NCRC+ and eight weeks of access to KeyTrain.

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