The Kentucky National Career Readiness Certificate (KY NCRC) is an assessment-based credential that gives employers and job seekers a portable and uniform measure of key workplace skills.
NCRC is free for veterans and their spouses.
This site provides employers, job seekers, and workforce professionals with information about ACT's WorkKeys assessments and the NCRC.
• If you are an employer, start at our Employers page.
• For more details about the KY NCRC program, explore our About NCRC page.
About the NCRC
Research has shown a clear gap between skills of our nation’s workforce and the basic skill needs of employers. To reduce the cost of remedial training and lost efficiency, more employers are implementing pre-employment assessments to identify these skills prior to hiring.
The Kentucky NCRC is a credential based upon the WorkKeys assessments that substantiate to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st-century jobs.
Even if an individual has a high school diploma, or GED or a postsecondary degree, the KY NCRC further verifies that the worker can handle tasks that are common and vital in today’s workplaces.
The KY NCRC verifies to employers anywhere in the United States that an individual has essential core employability skills in reading, mathematics and locating information.
Reading for Information – Comprehending work-related reading materials from memos and bulletins to policy manuals and government regulations.
Applied Mathematics – Applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems.
Locating Information – Using information from such materials as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs and charts.
There are three levels of assessment, indicating the individual's achievement:
Silver Level - An individual achieving this level possesses core employability skills for approximately 65 percent of all profiled jobs.
Gold Level - An individual achieving this level possesses core employability skills for approximately 90 percent of all profiled jobs.
Platinum Level - An individual achieving this level possesses core employability skills for approximately 99 percent of all profiled jobs.
Where to take the assessments for the KY NCRC?
To read more about these levels and the NCRC from the employer perspective, click here
Individuals should contact their local Kentucky Career Center for more information or the Joseph Paul, state NCRC program coordinator.
Office of Employment and Training
275 E. Main St. - 2WA
Frankfort, KY 40621
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