by Rachel Vilsack

If you are entering the labor market for the first time or after a long stretch away, you want to make sure you’re relevant.  Do you have the skills employers are looking for? If your answer is yes, how can you demonstrate it to an employer? In your answer is no, what can you do to get workforce ready?


One option might be to obtain the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™). The NCRC™ was developed by ACT, an independent non-profit organization, and is used in more than 40 states. It’s a credential that a worker can take from job to job to demonstrate to an employer that they have the essential skills needed for workplace success.


The NCRC™ is comprised of three WorkKeys assessments that measure skills critical to:


These assessments measure your work-related knowledge and fundamental skills in:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading and using work-related text
  • Applying information from workplace documents to solve problems
  • Applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems
  • Setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations
  • Locating, synthesizing and applying information presented graphically
  • Comparing, summarizing and analyzing information presented in multiple related graphics


Your scores on the three assessments will determine the certificate level received, which include bronze, silver, gold, or platinum. Your certificate can be marketed to an employer on a job application, resume or during a job interview.


So how do you get workforce ready? The NCRC™ assessment is available free of charge at select WorkForce Centers and other locations around Minnesota. Contact the location nearest you for resources on how to prepare for the assessment and testing information.