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National Career Ready Certification

Earn Your NCRC at the EKU Adult Education Program

Employers want skilled employees. One way to demonstrate your skills (and stand above other possible applicants) is to have your National Career Ready Certification in hand.

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an assessment-based credential. The NCRC measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations.

The NCRC is widely used by employers, educators, workforce developers, and others with a stake in the success of the economy.

Benefits of the ACT NCRC

  • Job seekers and incumbents: A valuable work skills credential with the potential to improve career outcomes.
  • Employers and human resources professionals: A trusted indicator that, in combination with other selection tools, can improve hiring, training, or promotion decisions.
  • Students and educators: A credential that helps students succeed in a variety of career pathways.
  • Workforce developers: A tool that helps displaced workers reenter the job market.
  • Economic developers: Evidence of a skilled workforce that helps attract business and industry to states and local communities.
  • Industry associations: A foundation for industry- and occupation-specific stackable credentials.
  • Policymakers and legislators: A component of policy and legislative solutions to the nation’s economic and educational challenges.

Four levels of proficiency

Working with the EKU Adult Education Program in Madison, Garrard or Clay counties, students can prepare for their NCRC exam. Our goal is to support students to achieve the highest level possible in the NCRC.

The NCRC is awarded at four levels, based on the scores achieved on the component assessments.

  • Platinum: Scores of Level 6 or higher on all three exams
  • Gold: Scores of Level 5 or higher on all three exams
  • Silver: Scores of Level 4 or higher on all three exams
  • Bronze: Scores of Level 3 or higher on all three exams

Share your ACT NCRC with employers

As a valuable work skills credential, the NCRC provides employers with evidence of your skills. To use the NCRC is to share your achievement with potential employers.

How to Complete Your NCRC?

Contact the EKU Adult Education Program in Madison (859-622-8065), or Clay (606-599-1230) to register for the next NCRC session & exam.

EKU Adult Education Program in Madison County is proud to partner with the Kentucky Career Center, the Madison Library, Berea Community Schools, Union Church (Berea) and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to provide multiple locations for adults to complete their NCRC in Richmond or Berea. See NCRC Info page to learn more.

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