How does the National Career Readiness Certificate work?
The NCRC is a multi-functional, Nationally Known and Recognized credential designed to document the current essential skills of job seekers and students. A Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum certificate can point to a specific industry and/or job type that is translates into a "right fit" for an employer. Students also have the opportunity to take the three WorkKeys assessments and earn an the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). * There are no direct cost to job seekers, students or schools as the program is state and federally funded.
There are three assessments that make up the NCRC: Reading for Information, Locating Information, and Applied Mathematics; students can meet their Essential Skills Requirements for High School Graduation in Reading and Math by achieving a 5 or better in these two focus areas. Students must complete all three assessments to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).
Register and Practice, Practice, Practice!
The Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) Initial Skills Assessment and Courseware are available to job seekers and students. They can understand their skills and utilize the tool to skill up before they sit for the NCRC. This courseware is intended for students in 10th grade and above, as well as job seekers. This courseware has no fees.
Once a student or a job seeker registers and obtains a Job Seeker ID they can move forward with the practice assessment and access the skilling up courseware, which is all available online. WIN training courses are aligned to the assessment and are a good indicator of what a participants outcome will be when assessed using the NCRC.
The NCRC is different.
It is so much more than your typical assessment!
Earning the NCRC can leave a lasting positive effect and value for a job seeker or a student in multiple ways. When students achieve a score of 5 or better, they meet their Essential Skills Requirements in reading and math for High School Graduation in Oregon!
Education and skills development play such a crucial role in helping a region close skill gaps--skills gaps that prevent people from getting jobs and put existing jobs at risk. The NCRC validates these skills and a learner’s readiness for work and for college. For some students it can mean the difference between graduating and dropping out.
Job Readiness in Five Steps!
1. Take the Worldwide Interactive Network
(WIN) Skills Review (understand your
strengths and your skills)
2. Use the Worldwide Interactive Network
(WIN) Courseware (improve your skills)
3. Research ACT WorkKeys Occupational
Database (learn what skills your chosen
4. Earn the National Career Readiness
Certificate (NCRC) at your nearest
WorkSource Office (demonstrate your skills)
5. Share your skills with employers/educators
(achieve your career goals and/or connect to college)
The American Council on Education (ACE) recognizes and endorses the NCRC at the Silver level and above for 3 college credits. Please see the "College" tab for more information
WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Certificate logo are registered trademarks of ACT, Inc. The Oregon NCRC program is funded with a mix of federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) funds and state general funds and administered by the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. The Oregon NCRC is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary formats are available upon request to persons with disabilities.