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National 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 (319) 235-2123.

To see a list of area businesses that support Iowa’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Click Here

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You may download, print and enter the requested information prior to visiting your nearest Iowa Workforce Development Center.

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Cedar Valley IowaWORKS
3420 University Avenue
Waterloo, IA  50701

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday

General Services Information:
Voice  (319) 235-2123
Fax     (319) 235-1068

Workforce Investment Act (W.I.A.)
and Promise Jobs Information

Voice  (319) 291-2546
Fax      (319) 291-2651

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