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WorkKeys, KeyTrain & the NCRC

Stand Out From The Crowd!

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that can be presented to an employer anywhere in the United States. The NCRC confirms to employers that you possess basic workplace skills in Reading for Information, Applied Math, and Locating Information – the three skills that most jobs require. Set yourself apart from other applicants! Based on established ACT WorkKeys assessments, the CRC gives you an edge when seeking a new position and verifies that you have the skills to handle common workplace tasks.

A NCRC credential will enable you to:

  • Earn a transferable, transportable State and National credential.
  • Enhance your resume and show perspective employers concrete proof of your skills.
  • Improve your success in entry-level jobs.
  • Enhance your chance for promotion.

NCRC is awarded at four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. 

Each is an objective validation to employers anywhere in the U.S. that an individual has met or exceeded the necessary foundational skills for a percentage of the 16,000 occupations in the WorkKeys database. For example, a Gold certificate verifies that an individual has the necessary skills for 93% of occupations.

Preregistration is required to take the NCRC.  You may also register for KeyTrain to prepare for the NCRC test.  ACT KeyTrain is a complete interactive training system based on the same skills and skill progressions found in the ACT WorkKeys assessment system.

Three of the KeyTrain courses – Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information – will help to prepare you for the NCRC.

We encourage you to contact Patrick Henry Community College, Workforce, Economic and Community Development at (276) 656-0260 or email for more information about the National Career Readiness Certificate, WorkKeys testing, or KeyTrain practice tests for WorkKeys.

Helpful links:

ACT National Career Readiness Certificate
Virginia Community College System: Career Readiness Certificate