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Career Readiness Certificate

WHAT IS THE CRC?

Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) program provides a simple, low cost tool for individuals to document their workplace skills and for employers to match those skills to fill their open positions.

The CRC matches the RIGHT PEOPLE in the RIGHT JOBS.
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The Career Readiness Certificate is based on WorkKeys® Assessments, part of ACT’s Work Readiness System assessment system developed by ACT, an international leader in assessments, research, and solutions in education and workforce development for over 50 years. ACT WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. The series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs. Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys® assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information may lead to earning the Virginia Career Readiness Certificate, a portable, standardized credential.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is implementing ACT’s Work Ready Communities (www.workreadycommunities.com) through a local or regional economic development approach. The Certified Work Ready Community program works in concert with the National Career Readiness Certificate and serves as a validating tool that a community has a skilled labor force for targeting industries.

Where to earn the Career Readiness Certificate?

The Career Readiness Certificate may be earned through any of Virginia’s Community Colleges or Virginia’s Workforce Centers. By contacting these locations, you may learn more about taking the assessment and your options for preparing to take the assessments and/or brushing up on skills if needed.

Certificate Levels

The certificates offer an efficient matching of skills with work helping people find great jobs, companies find skilled workers, and Virginia’s and the nation’s economy to grow and prosper.
bronze
Bronze signifies that a recipient possesses skills that support success for
16%
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bronze
Silver signifies that a recipient possesses skills that support success for
67%
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bronze
Gold signifies that a recipient possesses skills that support success for
93%
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Skills Tested: Bronze Level
Applied Mathematics

  • Solve problems that require a single type of mathematics operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) using whole numbers
  • Add or subtract negative numbers
  • Change numbers from one form to another using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, or percentage
  • Convert simple money and time units (e.g., hours to minutes)

Locating Information

  • Find one or two pieces of information in a graphic
  • Fill in one or two pieces of information that are missing from a graphic

Reading for Information

  • Identify main ideas and clearly stated details
  • Choose the correct meaning of a word that is clearly defined in the reading
  • Choose the correct meaning of common, everyday workplace words
  • Choose when to perform each step in a short series of steps
  • Apply instructions to a situation that is the same as the one in the reading materials

Skills Tested: Silver Level
In addition to the skills required for a Bronze certificate, Silver certification requires competence in the following areas:

Applied Mathematics

  • Solve problems that require one or two operations
  • Multiply negative numbers
  • Calculate averages, simple ratios, simple proportions, or rates using whole numbers and decimals
  • Add commonly known fractions, decimals, or percentages (e.g., 1/2, .75, 25%)
  • Add up to three fractions that share a common denominator
  • Multiply a mixed number by a whole number or decimal
  • Put the information in the right order before performing calculations

Locating Information

  • Find several pieces of information in one or two graphics
  • Understand how graphics are related to each other
  • Summarize information from one or two straightforward graphics
  • Identify trends shown in one or two straightforward graphics
  • Compare information and trends shown in one or two straightforward graphics

Reading for Information

  • Identify important details that may not be clearly stated
  • Use the reading material to figure out the meaning of words that are not defined
  • Apply instructions with several steps to a situation that is the same as the situation in the reading materials
  • Choose what to do when changing conditions call for a different action (follow directions that include “if-then” statements)

Skills Tested: Gold Level
In addition to the skills required for both Bronze and Silver certificates, Gold certification requires competence in the following areas:

Applied Mathematics

  • Decide what information, calculations, or unit conversions to use to solve the problem
  • Look up a formula and perform single-step conversions within or between systems of measurement
  • Calculate using mixed units (e.g., 3.5 hours and 4 hours 30 minutes)
  • Divide negative numbers
  • Find the best deal using one- and two-step calculations and then comparing results
  • Calculate perimeters and areas of basic shapes (rectangles and circles)
  • Calculate percent discounts or markups

Locating Information

  • Sort through distracting information
  • Summarize information from one or more detailed graphics
  • Identify trends shown in one or more detailed or complicated graphics
  • Compare information and trends from one or more complicated graphics

Reading for Information

  • Determine the correct meaning of a word based on how the word is used
  • Identify the correct meaning of an acronym that is defined in the document
  • Identify the paraphrased definition of a technical term or jargon that is defined in the document
  • Apply technical terms and jargon and relate them to stated situations
  • Apply straightforward instructions to a new situation that is similar to the one described in the material
  • Apply complex instructions that include conditionals to situations described in the materials

Benefits for Career Seekers and Businesses

CAREER SEEKERS

For the career seeker, obtaining a CRC will:

  • Certify foundational workplace skills
  • Provide employers with additional insight into your qualifications
  • Give an advantage over other job applicants who have not demonstrated needed skills
  • Build confidence that skills meet the needs of local employers
  • Enhance employability and set the stage for possible career advancement

BUSINESSES

Today’s search for qualified applicants can be difficult. Businesses and organizations – large and small, have to determine the value of potential candidates and current employees. The CRC can assist employers and trainers to:
  • Decrease turnover, overtime and waste
  • Take the “guesswork” out of the selection process
  • Identify gaps between student skills and employment needs
  • Meet ISO 9000 standards
  • Gain more efficiency from your training practices
  • Improve participants’ success and increase the bottom line
The CRC has gained wide acceptance in the business and economic development communities nationwide. The CRC is endorsed by the Governor of Virginia as a statewide workforce credential. Ask for the CRC when placing job announcements or as an addition to staff professional development plans.
After registering on this site, employers can gain access to the list of CRC examinees in their business region to help identify and perhaps select qualified workers by clicking on the “CRC Business Options” box above. A CRC assures that an individual can demonstrate a certain level of documented skills. Registered employers will be given access to contact information for each CRC recipient.