ACT WorkKeys Info for Employers

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC) benefits employers as it provides objective and factual workplace skill levels that are useful when managing the skills in the company’s labor force. According to ACT, businesses that accept the ACT NCRC, which is the resulting credential from the WorkKeys, saw a 23% increase in worker productivity.


Understanding The Work Keys Assessment & The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

The ACT WorkKeys Assessment is the Measuring Tool. This system measures job skills that are valuable for any occupation - skilled or professional - at any level and in any industry.

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate is the earned credential. This industry-recognized portable, evidence-based credential certifies achievement of foundational skills essential for workplace success.


The core assessment focuses on three areas:

What do the scores mean to you?

  • Each module receives a numerical score from three to seven. A minimum score of three is required on all three modules to obtain a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).
  • The NCRC levels are bronze, silver, gold or platinum.  The level score is determined by the lowest number score




6 or 7=Platinum