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National Career Readiness Certificate

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WHAT IS THE NATIONAL CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE?

A nationally recognized work-related skills credential, the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) provides objective documentation of employees’ job-related skills.

The NCRC and methodology underlying it were developed by ACT (The American College Testing Program), an international leader in educational assessment and workforce development services for more than 40 years.  Research by ACT indicates there are three foundational skills critical to on-the-job success in most occupations.  They are: math, reading and locating information.  WorkKeys is the job skills assessment system used to measure these skills.

The National Career Readiness Certificate At Work:

The NCRC has benefitted would-be employees right here in Lane County. The video on the right illustrates the value of helping job seekers find employment.

"It made it very easy for me to look at the five candidates and figure out which ones had the transferable skills," said Dick Sabath with Agate Healthcare.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR USING THE NATIONAL CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE?

Employers who ask applicants for the Certificate get documentation of skills.  The NCRC offers a reliable means of determining whether a potential employee has the necessary literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills to be "job ready."  Use of the Certificate helps employers by reducing hiring time and costs. View employers who prefer the NCRC.

The NCRC gives job seekers the competitive edge when applying for a first or new job.  It’s a tangible way to provide proof of work related skills to potential employers.  It is a perfect document for job seekers to include with a resume when applying for a job.

WHAT SKILLS ARE ASSESSED?

The WorkKeys assessments present workplace situations, reading materials, problems and messages for the employee to respond to and/or resolve.  Each assessment is constructed with a number of levels, with each successive level more complex than the previous.  The assessment is composed of three parts:

  • Applied mathematics – measures the skills people use when they apply mathematical reasoning, critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems.
  • Reading – measures the skills 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.
  • Locating information – measures the skills people use when they work with workplace graphics, including comparing, summarizing and analyzing information found in charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, maps and instrument gauges.

HOW CAN A JOB SEEKER EARN A CERTIFICATE?

Individuals can take proctored assessments at the WorkSource Lane Center at 2510 Oakmont Street, Eugene.  Candidates can learn whether they are ready to take the NCRC or if they need to first brush up on their skills.

An individual’s performance on the assessments determines the level at which the Certificate is awarded.  Higher levels signify readiness for a wider range of jobs.  In order to earn a certificate, you must score a 3 or above on each test.  Credentials are awarded at four levels:

WorkKeys Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
Certificates are awarded by achieving the minimum Level 3 score on all assessments Level 4 score on all assessments Level 5 score on all assessments Level 6 score on all assessments
Skill levels demonstrate ability for* 35% of jobs 65% of jobs 90% of jobs 99% of jobs

* Approximate percentage based on jobs in the WorkKeys occupational profile database

HOW CAN EMPLOYERS ACCESS THIS SERVICE?

Oregon is making a public investment in the NCRC, and there is no cost for employers to use the service.

Staff  work with employers to identify unique organizational needs and to connect local job candidates with the NCRC.   Employers and job seekers interested in the NCRC can visit the WorkSource Lane Center at 2510 Oakmont Way, Eugene or call (541) 686-7601.