The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a Missouri Career Center product/service that benefits job seekers and business customers. The NCRC is used for screening, hiring, and promotion, as well as for fulfilling training needs for existing employees.

The NCRC increases our economic competitiveness, connecting Missouri businesses with workers who have certified proficiency in basic workplace skills. When new customers enter at a Missouri Career Center, the free WIN Initial Quick Assessment provides the first step on the path to obtaining a National Career Readiness Certificate. Intial screening and NCRC testing is generally provided by Missouri Career Centers free of charge.

To earn an NCRC certificate, the WorkKeys® Assessment is used to identify your skill levels in three specific areas: Applied Math, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. These three skills are highly desirable in the workplace, both for new hires and for promotions to higher-paying jobs with more responsibilities. Applicants unable to score high enough to earn an NCRC on the first attempt can work to improve their scores. Access to Internet-based remedial software is made available by the Missouri Career Center. Remediation must be successfully completed before you will be allowed to retake the assessments to earn an NCRC.

There are four achievement levels for the NCRC: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. They are issued based upon the scores of the three assessments mentioned above. The job seeker's assessment scores are entered in the Division of Workforce Development's case management system to assist Career Center staff in finding a good job match for that client.

For more information, job seekers and employers can have their call automatically routed to the Missouri Career Center closest to their calling location by calling 1-888-728-JOBS (5627). This is a toll-free call.

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