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National Career Readiness Certificate

NCRCStand out from the crowd.

Earn a nationally recognized work skills certification - show potential employers what you're capable of.

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), issued by ACT, is a portable, research-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success. The Certificate uses WorkKeys testing to measure three foundational skills:

  • Reading for Information—comprehending work-related reading materials that range from memos and bulletins to policy manuals and regulations
  • Applied Mathematics—applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems
  • Locating Information—using information from such materials as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs, and charts

Certificates are awarded at four levels based on your performance on the assessment: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The higher the skill level, the more jobs you qualify for. And according to ACT research, higher Certificate levels lead to higher pay.

The Michigan National Career Readiness Certificate
Michigan is the first state to use the NCRC statewide in both its education and workforce systems. All three of the WorkKeys tests that make up the NCRC are included in the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) given to all high school juniors. Additionally, your MI NCRC may include an Employability Skills Endorsement Sticker. This verifies that you have completed training in areas such as effective communication, teamwork, diversity, conflict resolution, program solving and critical thinking.

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