National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

WorkKeys & the National Career Readiness Certificate

How can you prove you have the necessary skills to be successful in the workplace? How can you distinguish yourself from other candidates? How can you increase your opportunity for career change and advancement?

The National Career Readiness Certificate is a portable, nationally recognized credential that can help individuals get the job they want. Based on the proven ACT WorkKeys® system the NCRC gives job seekers proof of their workplace skills. WorkKeys, a system of real world workplace assessments can act both as a tool to increase an individual’s employability skills and give employers the tools necessary to plan, screen, select, train and promote the appropriate candidates. Test results can be beneficial information for many groups and organizations such as Public School Systems, local and federal government, employers, and economic strategists. Learn more about the advantages of the NCRC.

The Assessments

Individuals who successfully complete the three WorkKeys Assessments—Applied MathGraphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents—earn the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate® (WorkKeysNCRC®), a valuable credential for students and job seekers seeking to verify foundational workplace skills. ACT WorkKeys also offers additional assessments to measure interests, values, and behaviors that can lead to greater job satisfaction.


Open Lab – A starting place for all things WorkKeys and NCRC, open labs are free and available to the public. During these floating sessions individuals can learn the ins and outs of the NCRC, get access to the NCRC Prep Class or online study tool, ask questions, and register for testing.  Please come to an open lab session to get started on the process of earning an NCRC. Registration is not required.

View our NCRC Lab Schedule. Our lab is located in Room 107 of the PCC Greenville Center Annex (located directly behind the Greenville Center). The address for the Annex is 550 Dexter St. Greenville, NC.

ACT WorkKeys Curriculum – An online study tool that helps individuals prepare for the NCRC Assessment. The Curriculum can be performed from any computer that has internet access and at various location, however you must first register during an NCRC Open Lab.


Please come to an open lab session to make a reservation to take the National Career Readiness Certificate test.


Visit our blog to stay up to date on the latest WorkKeys/NCRC news. Our blog will notify you of unique opportunities for NCRC holders, program changes and even job openings. Click on the “follow” button to receive blog updates sent directly to your email. This is continually updated, so be sure to check often!

Need Your Scores?

If you need your WorkKeys/NCRC Scores, there is great news! You have access to all of your WorkKeys scores at any time. Through you can publicize and print a copy of your scores whenever you need. For directions on how to get a copy of your scores.