North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)

North Carolina’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is designed to meet the needs of both employers and job seekers in this transitioning economy.  The CRC is a portable skills credential that gives employers and career seekers an objective measure of key workplace skills. It certifies that a person has workplace skills that are transferrable between industry sectors, and across jobs within a sector. The CRC is issued at four levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

In North Carolina the CRC is based on three WorkKeys™ assessments: Applied Mathematics, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy. For employers, the CRC offers a reliable means of determining whether a potential employee has the necessary literacy, numeracy, and problem solving skills to be “job ready.” For job seekers, the CRC serves as a portable credential that can be more meaningful to employers than a resume citing experience in a different job setting.


Here are some key things you want to know about the credential:

  • On the front of the certificate you will see the level earned and a 9 digit registration number. If the individual has made their certificate publically available, you can verify the certificate by entering the registration number.
  • On the back of the certificate you will find the actual WorkKeys assessment scores earned and the skills verified for each of the assessments completed.
  • Since the levels build upon each other, you can see the full list of skills verified at each level.
  • The ACT WorkKeys NCRC is backed by ACT and validated by ACT research.