ACT National Career Readiness Certificate

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC), offered at each of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges, is an evidence-based credential that certifies to employers a potential employee has the essential skills needed to be successful in the workplace. The ACT NCRC is a valid predictor of job performance across a variety of industries. The program includes competency learning in Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy. Learn more about the ACT NCRC by calling 601-432-6518 or completing the contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions

The NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies individuals have the essential workforce skills employers are looking from job candidates.

Individuals can take ACT’s online test, WorkKeys Assessments, which comprises of three components – Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy.

There are 4 levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.  A score of 3 (Bronze) signifies an individual has the basic skills for 16% of the jobs in the United States. A score of 4 (Silver) signifies an individual has the basic skills for 67% of the jobs in the United States. A score of 5 (Gold) signifies an individual has the basic skills for 93% of the jobs in the United States. A score of 6 or 7 (Platinum) signifies an individual has the basic skills for 99% of the jobs in the United States.

According to ACT WorkReady Communities, over 2,000 employers recognize the NCRC in their hiring practices. Learn more at https://www.workreadycommunities.org/MS.

Yes. The Office of Adult Education has a contract with ACT to provide online study material called ACT WorkKeys Curriculum in all areas of the WorkKeys Assessments.

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