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Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a
national, portable, foundation work skills certification designed and
maintained by ACT, Inc. Iowa adopted this credentialing system in 2008
creating an opportunity for individuals to obtain an applied skills
certificate through several Community Colleges and Iowa Workforce
Development Centers. The certificate was created to assist employers in
recruiting new employees, discover training needs, and/or promote incumbent
workers based on a series of three WorkKeys® assessments that make up the
NCRC – Reading for Information, Locating Information and Applied
Mathematics. These three foundation skills are critical in over 90 percent
of all occupations. Iowa’s NCRC can help an employer hire the best suited
individuals, discover what critical training needs may be needed, and can be
used as a means of promoting incumbent workers. This credential is noted as
an essential component in transitioning workers from declining to emerging
occupations. ACT has profiled over 16,000 different occupations and
determined the level of the three foundational skills for each occupation
that share the same identification number as outlined in the O*Net
(Occupational Information Network) database. The levels associated with the
completed certificates and occupations are Level 3-Bronze, Level 4-Silver,
Level 5-gold and Level 6-Platinum.
For more information on Iowa’s National Career
Readiness Certificate, and information on how to get one, please contact:
The Skills Development Team at
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