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National Career Readiness Certificate

In an effort to address the workforce challenges in Southern Iowa, IowaWORKS, in a partnership with Union County Development Association and Southwestern Community College, is implementing the Career Readiness Certificate. The Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is an ACT WorkKeys* assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform, standard, objective measure of key workplace skills.

It is being used by job seekers across the country as an employment credential, and by employers as an assessment of a person’s readiness and trainability for an entry- to mid-level job or for a promotion within the company.

Employers now have a clear, standardized tool to assess the skill level of potential and current employees to assure job applicants actually have the basic work skills they seek.

That means choosing the right person for the job just got easier!

*WorkKeys developed by ACT is a leading job skills assessment system that measures “real world” foundational and personal skills that are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation and at any level of education. WorkKeys offers assessments and job analysis to identify skills required for jobs and combined with KeyTrain can provide training to correct and eliminate skill gaps.

For Job Seekers 

Career Readiness Certificate Benefits

  • Easily understood by employers, educators and recipients
  • Designed to describe the skills and abilities of a potential or current employee
  • Documents that the workforce is ready for available jobs
  • Measures three important work-related areas: applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information
  • A portable stand-alone credential, but can also be used in addition to a high school diploma, a GED or a college degree

Career Readiness Certificate Skill Levels

Individuals earn one of three levels of Career Readiness Certificates based on their test performance:

  • Bronze Level—signifies that a recipient possesses skills for approximately 35% of jobs
  • Silver Level—signifies that a recipient possesses skills for approximately 65% of jobs
  • Gold Level—signifies that a recipient possesses skills for 90% of jobs

Where to Take the Assessments

The NCRC assessments can be arranged by contacting IowaWORKS, Southern Hills at 215 N. Elm, Creston, IA 50801 or by calling us at 641-782-2119 extension 2.

For Employers

  • Can Increase ROI (Return Over Investment)
  • Reduce turnover, overtime, and waste while increasing morale
  • Reduces losses due to unskilled workers
  • Improves productivity
  • Hiring and promotion-The NCRC can be used as a "plus" factor to help you make more informed selection and promote decisions.
  • Targeting employee training and development--save money by using your training budget on employees with skills gap.

Endorsed by ABI—Association of Business and Industry


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