Prove to your employers that you have the ‘real world’ skills needed to succeed.

The National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is an assessment-based credential developed by ACT Inc. (the same organization that developed the SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc) to help employees gain skills and to help employers make better decisions during the hiring process.

The certificates are issued at four levels, BronzeSilverGold, and Platinum, it measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. An understanding of scores can be found here. This portable, national credential promotes career development and skill attainment for the individual and confirms to employers that an individual possesses basic workplace skills in the following areas: Workplace DocumentsApplied Math, and Graphic Literacy.

The CRC is widely used by employers, educators, workforce developers, and others with a stake in the success of the economy. More than 2.8 million CRCs have been issued nationwide since the credential was introduced in 2006.


The cost to take the CRC Exam is $45 ($15 per assessment). If for some reason you did not meet the requirement for your education program or employer, you may retest each section for $10.00 each.

TO SCHEDULE AN EXAM contact Kevin Daniels at danielsk@carteret.edu.

Employers and job seekers can look up the ACT Work Keys scores needed by job title to identify the skill levels needed for a variety of occupations.

Carteret Community College is part of the nationwide effort to help Carteret County become a Work Ready Community (WRC) which empowers states, regions, and counties with data, processes, and tools that drive economic growth. Participants are leveraging the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) to measure and close the skills gap — and build common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts.

What are the benefits…

For an individual?

  • CRC increases your chances for employment and promotion.
  • CRC focuses on employment-related competencies needed in any career.
  • CRC provides training to help you obtain certification.
  • CRC is a portable credential recognized by employers.
  • CRC builds confidence that skills meet the needs of local employers.

For employers?

  • CRC increases your bottom line through your employees.
  • CRC simplifies hiring by streamlining the application process.
  • CRC reduces turnover, overtime, and waste while increasing morale.
  • CRC takes the guesswork out of your selection decisions.
  • CRC establishes legal defensibility in your selection process.
  • CRC assists you to meet ISO 9000 standards and ensure quality business practices.
  • CRC gets the most efficiency from your training practices.
  • CRC improves the effectiveness of your training dollars.

For the community?

  • CRC encourages businesses to stay in the community.
  • CRC keeps employers from moving entry-level jobs to other cities, states, or countries.
  • CRC increases the tax base through more profitable business partners.
  • CRC decreases unemployment rates.
  • CRC improves the quality of life for community residents.
  • CRC encourages new businesses to locate in the community.

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