WorkKeys & Career Readiness

What is WorkKeys?                                                          WK

WorkKeys is an ACT assessment which is administered to all North Carolina 12th grade CTE completers. A CTE completer is a student who has taken at least four courses in a Career Cluster. WorkKeys test measure “real world” skills that are critical to job success. These skills are essential to any occupation, skilled or professional, at any level of education and in any industry. CTE Completers take the following three WorkKeys test:

Reading for Information
Applied Mathematics
Locating Information

By taking the WorkKeys tests, students can earn a State Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), as well as a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). CRC’s and NCRC’s are awarded at four different levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. For questions on whether your child is eligible to take the WorkKeys test, please contact your school career development coordinator.

CRC Levels


Click on any of the links below to read more about the benefits of your child taking the WorkKeys assessment:
WorkKeys Parent Brochure
Work Readiness Credential Profile – skills employers are looking for

Preparing for WorkKeys
Sample Questions
WorkKeys Scale Score Interpretation Guide

DPI Letter of Congrats – information on how to register certificate with ACT
           CRC Registration Process*
NCWorks Online Student Registration* – to register certificate in NC employer database 

To read more about the importance of the Career Readiness Certificate and how it affects our local economy, please visit the ACT Work Ready Communities website and then click on Catawba County for local information. There are several significant employers in the area that recognize the Career Readiness Certificate. More employers are signing up for this initiative in Catawba County and across North Carolina.

CTE Concentrator Survey*

*Action items for students who receive a Career Readiness Certificate