The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. Career seekers in our area with the NCRC typically get employed sooner, stay on the job longer, and earn more compared to those without the NCRC. 

These three WorkKeys assessments measure “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world. The ACT NCRC offers the efficient matching of talent with work—which helps people find great jobs, companies find skilled workers, and our nation’s economy to grow and prosper.

How do I obtain the NCRC?

Testing can be scheduled by appointment or walk-ins may be able to use available testing seats at any of the Missouri Job Center locations (Joplin, Monett, and Neosho). Local schools and colleges often have special NCRC test dates for their students. Visit our Job Center page to see the schedule of testing and other job center events.

How do I improve my NCRC level?

Now you can re-test with or without remediation.  If you would like to schedule your re-test, simply contact your favorite Job Center location. Feel free to visit the Joplin Job Center with any questions.  Employers are asking, so show them the card! The National Career Readiness Certificate is now recognized by over 200 employers in Southwest Missouri alone.

What if I’m an Employer that wants to use the NCRC?

The NCRC is one of the best ways to find job candidates with critical thinking skills and stronger abilities to learn. Learn more about our Employer Services and contact the Business Solutions Center for a no-obligation consultation. The NCRC also powers the Certified Work Ready Communities program across the greater Joplin region.