Career Readiness Certificate (CRC):
North Carolina's CRC certifies core employability skills required across multiple industries and occupations. The CRC is a portable credential that promotes career development and skill attainment for the individual, and confirms to employers that an individual possesses basic workplace skills in reading, applied math, and locating information - skills that most jobs require.
Multi-Level Approach: Bronze, Silver, and Gold Level Certificates:
North Carolina's CRC has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The three levels allow an individual to advance his or her reading, applied math, and locating information skill levels in order to qualify for more jobs.
Bronze Level - An individual achieving this level of certification possesses core employability skills for approximately 30% of the jobs profiled by WorkKeys in these skill areas.
Silver Level - An individual achieving this level of certification possesses core employability skills for approximately 65% of the jobs profiled by WorkKeys in these skill areas.
Gold Level - An individual achieving this level of certification possesses core employability skills for approximately 85% of the jobs profiled by WorkKeys in these skill areas.
Assessment Used to Certify the CRC:
To earn a CRC, individuals are tested in reading, applied math, and locating information through an employability skills assessment system. Because of the testing, individuals earn a CRC or identify areas in which they need further training to obtain the certificate.
WorkKeys is a comprehensive employability skills assessment tool designed to help employers and individuals develop better workplace skills. Thousands of companies in the United States and internationally use WorkKeys skill assessments, job profiles, training evaluations, and research and reporting services to assess skill needs and measure progress. Several North Carolina employers have recognized the value of the WorkKeys assessments and the CRC and have starting implementing the program in their companies.
How to Obtain a CRC:
An individual can receive a CRC by testing at the appropriate skill levels on the WorkKeys assessments. WorkKeys assessments may be taken at your local community college or JobLink Career Center. For individuals who do not initially achieve the certificate, assessment results will indicate targeted training needed in order to achieve the skill levels necessary to obtain the certificate. The targeted training could include re-mediation within the Basic Skills Program at the Beaufort County Community College or other classes.
Additional WorkKeys Assessments:
Within the assessments offered by WorkKeys, we can also offer WorkKeys for Healthcare and WorkKeys Personal Skills Assessments, which measures Talent, Fit, and Performance.
Whom to Contact:
For more information on how to obtain a North Carolina CRC and the assessments offered through WorkKeys, please contact:
Director, HRD/CRC/Occupational Extension
Division of Continuing Education
Beaufort County Community College
ACT - WorkKeys:www.act.org
North Carolina CRC:www.crcnc.org