A New Credential for Today’s Workforce
Workers require strong, transferable skills in today’s rapidly changing, technology-based economy. Workers who can’t demonstrate those skills create a significant drag on productivity, revenue, and competitiveness in businesses across the nation.
To meet these challenges:
Employers need reliable methods of identifying and measuring essential skills to hire qualified people and equip employees for the future.
Job Seekers need a credential that provides a clear picture of their career readiness skills.
Educators and trainers need clearly defined specifications for the skills employers require.
Businesses, individuals, schools and agencies have relied on ACT and the WorkKeys system—today’s premier work readiness solution—for more than 15 years to help solve these problems. Now ACT offers a new tool that builds on the power of WorkKeys and on its common language for the workforce.
Introducing the National Career Readiness Certificate
This national credential is the centerpiece of a comprehensive system that helps individuals gain the skills businesses need to build tomorrow’s workforce. It verifies core employability skills that are valuable across all businesses and industries. The credential offers individuals, employers, and educators a standardized approach to recognizing the universal value of these skills to job success.
The National Career Readiness Certificate and credentialing programs that adopt its framework recognize individual skills at four levels and award a different certificate for each of them:
PLATINUM certificate are awarded to people who score level 6 or above on the three NCRC assessments. This level of certificate is the highest level an individual can receive and qualifies them for 98 percent of all jobs analyzed by ACT.
GOLD certificates are awarded to people who score level 5 or above on the three assessments. People who hold Gold certificates possess foundational skill levels needed for 90 percent of the occcupations analyzed by ACT.
SILVER certificates is achieved by scoring a level 4 or above on the three assessments. Individuals at this level qualify for 65 percent of the occupations analyzed by ACT.
BRONZE certificates are awarded to individuals who achieve scores of 3 or above. ACT research positions this level as the threshold of workplace competence. People who receive Bronze certificates are qualified for 35 percent of the jobs studied by ACT.