National Career Readiness Certificate

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an evidence-based, portable credential which:

  • aids in reliably predicting job performance
  • identifies dependable employee candidate selections. 
  • certifies essential skills needed for workplace success.
    • problem solving
    • critical thinking
    • reading and using work-related text
    • applying information from workplace documents to solve problems
    • applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems
    • setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations
    • locating, synthesizing, and applying information that is presented graphically
    • comparing, summarizing, and analyzing information presented in multiple, related graphics

Individuals earn the NCRC by taking three WorkKeys® assessments:

1. Applied Mathematics – measures the skill people use when they apply mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems. 

2. Locating Information  – measures the skill people use when they work with workplace graphics. Examinees are asked to find information in a graphic, insert information into a graphic, and analyze information found in related graphics.

3. Reading for Information – measures the skill people use when they read and use written text in order to do a job. The written texts include memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations.

NCRC Certificate Assessment Score Levels

WorkKeys scores are determined by the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing. The skill level descriptions illustrate the skills that you have achieved and can apply on the job or in training and which also map to jobs located in the WorkKeys Job Profile Database.

Level

Level Score Requirements

% Qualified Jobs in WorkKeys Database

Platinum

Minimum Score of 6 on each of the three core areas

You have the skills for 99% of jobs in WorkKeys Job Profile Database

Gold

Minimum Score of 5 on each of the three core areas

You have the skills for 93% of jobs in WorkKeys Job Profile Database

Silver

Minimum Score of 4 on each of the three core areas

You have the skills for 67% of jobs in WorkKeys Job Profile Database

Bronze

Minimum Score of 3 on each of the three core areas

You have the skills for 16% of jobs in WorkKeys Job Profile Database

WorkKeys Job Profile Database

The WorkKeys Job Profile Database is a comprised of analysis of over 18,000 unique job titles and recommends specific minimum assessment scores based on the specific needs of a particular job. Visit the following link to research the WorkKeys Job Profile Database http://profiles.keytrain.com/profile_search/