Career Readiness Certificate

WorkKeys®

The implementation of WorkKeys® in a community ensures that students and employees are adequately prepared for higher-skilled, higher-wage jobs. Employers can identify and develop workers for a wide range of skilled jobs. Employers also profile and identify specific levels of skills needed for positions. Students and workers can document and advance their employability skills, and educational institutions can tailor instructional programs to help students acquire the skills employers need.

National Career Readiness Certificate

The realities of today’s economy are well documented. Individuals must attain higher skill levels than ever to get a job and stay employed. Businesses look for workers with documented skills to succeed in high performance work settings. Industry, community, and government leaders see the need for regional and state initiatives to increase workforce skills and improve the quality of life for the individuals they represent.

The National Career Readiness Certificate utilizes the WorkKeys® assessment developed by ACT,™ a nationally recognized leader in educational testing. ACT™ is best known for its college entrance exam, which measures one’s potential to succeed in the academic world. Likewise, the WorkKeys® system measures a candidate’s potential to succeed in the business/working world. The WorkKeys® system provides an innovative approach to bridge the skills gap in the workplace. 

What is a National Career Readiness Certificate?

Three levels of certificates standardize skills that indicate the certificate holder is job ready. The three levels allow an individual to advance his/her skill level in order to qualify for more jobs. 

  • Bronze Level—Indicates the certificate holder possesses core employability skills for approximately 30% of the profiled jobs.
  • Silver Level—Indicates the certificate holder possesses core employability skills for approximately 65% of the profiled jobs.
  • Gold Level—Indicates the certificate holder possesses core employability skills for approximately 90% of the profiled jobs.

For individuals who do not initially achieve the Career Readiness Certificate, assessment results will indicate the targeted training needed to achieve the skill level(s) necessary to obtain the certificate. The Tennessee Career Centers will assist those individuals in increasing their skill levels through the use of KeyTrain™ software.