The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is rapidly becoming the preferred way to improve the quality of hire while saving time and money in recruitment.  The NCRC packs a powerful punch as part of a value-added package of resources through the Business Solutions Center and the Missouri Career Center.

The NCRC is made up of a series of assessments specifically designed for employers to determine the work readiness of job candidates. To earn the NCRC, a job candidate must take the proctored assessment and attain a score of three (Bronze level) or higher in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

“(NCRC) testing provides an excellent key to a potential employee’s ability to learn the job and probability of future success.”

Amber Crook Robertson, SPHR Ceradyne Boron Products Quapaw, OK

Job candidates that take the assessments and earn the NCRC will be issued a certificate at either the Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum level. Higher scores indicate more mastery of associated skills. The certificates last for five years and the scores are accessible online.

Job seekers who earn the NCRC demonstrate that they have the skills to do the job. Employers can refine the applicant pool, make better job matches, and identify skill gaps to overcome any decreased productivity. Candidates successfully completing the NCRC also show they have the commitment it takes to be part of the team. This results in saving time, saving money, and improving employee retention.

“Our selection process has been reduced by 46 days based on the information obtained from these assessments.”

Suzanne Baucom, SPHR Bemis Flexibile Packaging Joplin, MO

There is no cost to eligible employers or job candidates to take any of the assessments or to earn the NCRC through the Missouri Career Center workforce system. All costs are pre-paid through workforce grants. NCRC can be packaged with other recruitment tools through the Career Center, such as application collection, video interviews, and mass-hiring events.

“The (NCRC) process allows us to concentrate on qualified candidates with a greater probability of succeeding in our jobs. …(It) saves us time and money.”

Gene Bowley, Human Resources Manager, Schaeffler Group, Joplin

Once a business is successfully using NCRC in the hiring process, they may find benefit in Job Profiling through the WorkKeys/NCRC system. Certified job profilers spend significant time studying positions in order to develop detailed job descriptions. This allows employers to require (not just request) the NCRC be taken by all job candidates for the profiled positions. There is a cost associated with profiling and training grant funds may assist eligible employers.