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What is the National Career Ready Certificate (NCRC)?

Students and adults can earn an NCRC - national career readiness certificate - by taking WorkKeys® assessments in three key skill areas: reading for information, applied math, and locating information (in visual formats). These are the entry-level academic skills that employers say are most needed. The assessments measure the ability to apply what someone has learned in and out of school to the workplace.

WorkKeys assessments were developed by the education nonprofit company ACT, which has analyzed the academic skill levels needed to enter thousands of occupations. This process of job profiling lets job seekers know the academic skill levels they must have to perform successfully in an occupation. By comparing information from job profiles with applicants’ scores on WorkKeys tests, employers can make reliable decisions about hiring and training.

The front of the CRC shows the name, date, and ACT national registration number.
The back of the CRC shows the skills the person has demonstrated by his/her score levels on the three assessments.

Use the links below to view or download fullsize samples of Alaska's NCRCs.

National Career Readiness Certificate Quick Facts

How can I get my NCRC?

  • If you are a high school junior or senior, talk to your school counselor or principal.  For more information, follow the "Students" menu link at the top or bottom of this page.
  • If you are a job seeker, contact your nearest Job Center.  For more information, follow the "Job Seekers" menu link at the top or bottom of this page.

How do I use my NCRC?

  • Include your NCRC information on your resume to show employers or post-secondary programs what your skills are.
  • Show your NCRC to prospective employers or post-secondary programs and explain to them what skills you have demonstrated by earning the certificate.
  • If you are a high school senior and have earned a Gold or Platinum NCRC, you may be eligible for an Alaska Performance Scholarship! Follow this link for details.

How can an employer or educational program verify my certificate?

  • On the back of your certificate you will find your user ID and a temporary password.
  • Use that information to log in to your account at
  • Follow the instructions to mark your certificate as "public". Provide the link to am employer or educational program to verify your certificate and your scores.

How many Alaskans have earned NCRCs?

  • Through March 1, 2011, over 10,000 Alaskans have now earned National Career Readiness Certificates! Of these, 2,216 are Bronze, 5,161 Silver, 2,619 Gold, and 67 have earned the Platinum Level NCRC, which is the newest and highest level attainable. The Platinum Level requires scores of at least Level 6 on all three WorkKeys tests. Congratulations to all Alaskans who have earned their NCRCs!!

What other states are using WorkKeys and the NCRC?

  • Most states are using the NCRC powered by WorkKeys in some way, whether locally, regionally, or statewide.  For more details, please see ACT's Career Readiness Certificate webpage at

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