Students in high school who take a series of Career and Technical Education classes and adults 18 years and older who are job seekers or currently employed can earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is a portable credential that was developed by ACT to demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

Individuals can earn the NCRC by taking three WorkKeys® assessments:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Locating Information
  • Reading for Information

WorkKeys assessments measure “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.

The ACT NCRC offers the efficient matching of talent with work—which helps people find great jobs, companies find skilled workers, and our nation’s economy grow and prosper. Launched in 2006, today more than 2.3 million certificates have been issued and more than 40 states have statewide or regional certificate programs.

Learn more by checking out these websites:

Public Schools Career & College Readiness

NC Works Certified Work Ready Communities


ACT National Career Readiness Certification