Kentucky National Career Readiness Certification


Research has shown a clear gap between skills of our nation’s workforce and the basic skill needs of employers. To reduce the cost of remedial training and lost efficiency, more employers are implementing pre-employment assessments to confirm these skills are present prior to hiring.

The Kentucky National Career Readiness Certificate (KY NCRC) is a credential based upon the ACT WorkKeys® assessments that substantiate to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st Century jobs. Even if an individual has a high school diploma (or GED) or a post secondary degree, the KY NCRC further verifies that the worker can handle tasks that are common and vital in today’s workplaces.

The KY NCRC verifies to employers anywhere in the United States that an individual has essential core employability skills in Reading, Math, and Locating Information.

WorkKeys Workplace Documents – Comprehending work-related reading materials, from memos and bulletins to policy manuals and government regulations. 
WorkKeys Applied Math – Applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems. 
WorkKeys Graphic Literacy – Using information from such materials as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs, and charts.

Kentucky recognizes the top three levels of assessment to indicate the individual's achievement:

Silver Level - An individual achieving this level possesses core employability skills for approximately 65% of all profiled jobs. 
Gold Level - An individual achieving this level possesses core employability skills for approximately 90% of all profiled jobs. 
Platinum Level - An individual achieving this level possesses core employability skills for approximately 99% of all profiled jobs.

The current list of ACT WorkKeys assessments and Education / Government pricing is effective through September 01, 2019: Applied Math =  $10.00, Applied Technology =$12.00, Business Writing = $20.00, Fit = $12.00, Graphic Literacy = $10.00, Talent = $12.00, Workplace Documents =$10.00, Workplace Observation = $14.00. Other ACT WorkKeys may be administered if recommended by an ACT Profile.

Learn more about KY NCRC at the FAQ page.



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