Choose NCRC For Your Business

Ask for the Best

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an assessment-based credential available at no cost to you or your job candidates. The NCRC is composed of three WorkKeys® assessments that measure skills critical to on-the-job success across industries and occupations: 

  • Applied Mathematics
    Measures the skills people use when they apply mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems. The test questions require the individual to set up and solve the types of problems and perform the types of calculations that actually occur in the workplace. 
  • Locating Information
    Measures the skills people use when they work with workplace graphics. Individuals are asked to find information in a graphic or insert information into a graphic. They also must compare, summarize, and analyze information found in related graphics. 
  • Reading for Information
    Measures the skills people use when they read and use text in order to do a job. The texts include memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations. Reading for Information materials do not include information that is presented graphically, such as in charts, forms, or blueprints.


The NCRC is useful for all industries and jobs at every level.

Certificates Level 3 score on all assessments earns Bronze certificate Level 4 score on all assessments earns Silver certificate Level 5 score on all assessments earns Gold certificate Level 6 score on all assessments earns Platinum certificate
Skill levels show ability For 35% of jobs* For 65% of jobs* For 90% of jobs* For 99% of jobs*
Sample occupation correlations Auto Body Repair
Veterinary Assistant
Janitorial Supervisor
Drywall Installer
Pharmacy Aid
Administrative Manager
Head Cook
Medical Assistant
Engineering Tech
Machinist
School Counselor
Pharmacy Tech
Semi-Conductor Processor
Business Executive
Electrician
Accountant
Technical Writer
Sales Manager
Registered Nurse Manager
Elevator Installer

*Approximate percentage based on jobs in the Workkeys® occupational profile database.


Are you ready to ask for the best?

  1. Complete the Employer Partnership Letter online or in print.
  2. Indicate your preference for NCRC's in your jobs.mo.gov job listings.
  3. Contact Missouri Job Center staff so we can screen your job candidates by your preferences.
  4. Work with your local educational and business leaders to identify and recruit additional candidates in your Work Ready Community.


For details on how the NCRC can best be utilized by your organization, contact:

NCRC Outreach Coordinator
Department of Economic Development
Division of Workforce Development
PO Box 1087
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 522-2744

Learn more about ACTNCRC, and WorkKeys®.