ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™

ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information, and Reading for Information. In the future, ACT Career Credentials powered by ACT WorkKeys is an expanding program that will offer certifications in other areas.

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.

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

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.