The Career Readiness Certification (CRC) is an assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills. Employers are increasingly concerned with ensuring that both potential and incumbent employees have the skills necessary to thrive in today’s workplace. More than 80 percent of all jobs are projected to require skills beyond those earned in high school by 2010. The CRC is based upon WorkKeys, a nationally recognized, skills assessment tool developed by ACT Inc.

Getting a North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate allows you to show prospective employers that you possess the basic skills they require. Even if you have a high school diploma (or GED) or a post-secondary degree, the CRC further verifies that you can handle the kinds of tasks – finding information, reading instructions and directions, even working with figures – that are common in today’s workplace.

The Certificate is based on established WorkKeys® assessment tests. (WorkKeys is a comprehensive skills assessment tool recognized by thousands of companies in the U.S. and by state and federal agencies.) To earn a Career Readiness Certificate, individuals undergo testing related to reading, applied math, and locating information through the WorkKeys skills assessment system.

Individuals can earn three levels of Career Readiness Certificates based on their test performance in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

Bronze level signifies that a recipient possesses skills for approximately 30% of the jobs profiled by WorkKeys in these three specific skill areas.

Silver signifies that a recipient possesses skills for approximately 65% of jobs profiled by WorkKeys in these areas.

Gold signifies that a recipient possesses skills for 85% of jobs profiled by WorkKeys in the three areas.

Tarheel ChalleNGe’s Career Readiness Certificate Program is offered in the Job Skills portion of required classes for Cadet Success completing the 8 Core Componets.  Cadets will be recommended for testing upon completing self paced training in support of Basic Skills classroom work offered for GED coursework.  This Certification course will assure potential employers that Tarheel ChalleNGe Cadets have the basic skills and training to become a valuable part of their company.

Competition for Employment in Today’s Employment Market is tough.  Verification of these critical job skills by a national agency provides relief for employers hiring entry level employees.  Tarheel ChalleNGe cadets are offered to undergo this training in addition with their classes to give them this chance of certification by Graduation.  Employers are looking for ways to make decisions for hiring the best candidate for the job.  Career Readiness Certification gives this edge to those who undertake this training.

The Following images are of the recently graduated class’ Career Readiness Certificate holders by Levels tested.