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Get your National Career Readiness Certificate today!

Prove to employers you have what it takes


The National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC®) is based on an individual’s performance on three WorkKeys® skills assessments: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents.
Scores on these assessments determine the certificate level (bronze, silver, gold, or platinum)an individual can earn.
These assessments measure a range of essential work skills, including the ability to:
  • Perform basic mathematic operations relevant to the workplace
  • Read and understand documents commonly found in the workplace
  • Find information presented in common workplace graphics
  • Set up and solve complex work-related math problems
  • Determine the relevance of written information to work-related tasks
  • Apply information derived from graphics to work-related problems
Steering Team Members receiving recognition as ACT Work Ready Community
Employers Recognize the NCRC!
Wilkes County is certified as the 21st county in N.C. to be named an ACT Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). The Wilkes Economic Development Corporation initiated the process in 2016. Meaghan Lewis with the N.C. Chamber Foundation presented the certificate to Dan Little, former president, Wilkes EDC, along with other steering team members. 


The NCRC gives individuals proof that they possess the skills employers deem essential to workplace success. This improves career outcomes for everyone from people just entering the workforce to longtime employees—and it enhances employers’ hiring, training, and promotion decisions.

Source: ACT


What is Workkeys?

WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system measuring "real-world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success.



Explanation of the score for the WorkKeys Assessment. Platinum equates to a minimum of 6 on all 3 tests, Gold is a minimum score of 5 on all 3 tests, Silver is a minimum score of 4 on all 3 tests, and Bronze is a minimum score of 3 on all 3 assessments.
Resource: Document your Skills, Career Seeker Brochure (http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/NCRC-CareerSeekersBrochure.pdf
Sample Test Questions
Understanding & Applying your Scores
  • Search by 'job title,' 'career cluster,' or 'job description.'
  • Click on the job that interests you.Notice the recommended skills levels - this corresponds to the scores you received on your Career Readiness Certificate.
  • Ask yourself - how do I match up?  What are my strengths?  What are my weaknesses?
3.  More ways to use your scores
  • Add key information about your WorkKeys scores or National Career Readiness Certificate to your application or resume.
  • Take your WorkKeys score report or National Career Readiness Certificate along with you when you go to a job interview to show the employer that you have the skills needed for the job.
  • Include your WorkKeys scores in your application materials for a community or technical college.
  • Give employers your National Career Readiness Certificate number or unique web address to verify your certificate.
Register Your National Career Readiness Certificates!
Sample image of a WorkKeys Certificate
Use this link for directions on registering your certificate