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Career Readiness Certification

National Career Readiness Certificates

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate is a portable, evidence-based credential certifying essential workplace success skills. To learn more, continue reading below, contact your local Workforce Center, or visit ACT.org.

Arkansas CRC for Job Seekers

What is a Career Readiness Certificate? The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate is a portable, evidence-based credential that certifies the essential skills for workplace success. In Arkansas, you can earn your Career Readiness Certificate at no cost. Your certificate is recorded in ACT’s national RegiSTAR™ database, and this validates your certificate no matter in what state you seek employment.

Why should I earn a Career Readiness Certificate? It indicates that you have the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school, work-based learning programs, or through postsecondary paths because it is a valid predictor of job performance.

How do I earn a Career Readiness Certificate? A Career Readiness Certificate is earned by completing the three WorkKeys® Assessments: Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy. The first step toward earning a Career Readiness Certificate is to take the WorkKeys Curriculum® which will determine if you are ready to take the WorkKeys® Assessments.

The WorkKeys NCRC® measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. With the WorkKeys NCRC, individuals can: 

  • Build confidence that their skills meet the needs of employers 
  • Show prospective employers concrete proof of their skills  
  • Apply real-world use to coursework from the classroom 
  • Determine skill improvement and training needs 
  • Improve the opportunities for career changes and advancement 
  • Earn college credit at many institutions and reach academic goals more quickly 

Available in Spanish
Examinees that complete the Spanish-language versions of the assessments are eligible for the WorkKeys NCRC en Español.

Ask your local Arkansas Workforce Center about taking the WorkKeys Curriculum® to get started!

Job Seeker Brochure

Arkansas CRC for Employers

Employers nationwide are overwhelmed by stacks of applications for open positions. Sifting through these applications is time-consuming and inefficient. You need a way to quickly pinpoint individuals with essential, verifiable workplace skills—your solution: the Career Readiness Certificate.

The certificate is a nationally recognized portable credential based on the ACT WorkKeys® assessments that substantiate to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills they seek.

Employer Commitment Form
CRC Employer’s Guide Brochure
Arkansas Work Ready Benefits

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FROM THE ARKANSAS DIVISION OF WORKFORCE SERVICES​

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We are hiring! You can view and apply for our jobs online at ARcareers.Arkansas.gov. To narrow your search, click 'Show more options' and select 'Commerce' under Cabinet, and 'Dept of Workforce Services' under Division/Agency.

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