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Certificates Earned!

More than 5 million people in the United States have earned the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® proving that they have the skills American employers need. Learn More.


Hire the Best. Hire Work Ready Employees.

Work Ready Communities help you match employees to jobs based on verified skill levels.

An ACT Work Ready Community is one where the supply of ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificates earned by individuals is matched with a demand for ACT WorkKeys NCRC from employers who either recognize superscript of a grey circle with the letter I in the middle of it or recommend superscript of a grey circle with the letter I in the middle of it the credential. ACT has developed a methodology for establishing county goals proportionate to a community's size.  Once 'certified', the county can continue to maintain their status keeping the flow of supply and demand in sync. Employers can help their communities build a stronger workforce with the right foundational skill set by supporting their states and counties by learning how the ACT WorkKeys NCRC can help them find the right employee with the right skill set.

ACT WRC participating states, regions and counties offer a suite of ACT Work Keys assessments and the ACT WorkKeys NCRC that measure an individual's foundational workplace skills such as math, reading, information and locating skills required for a majority of today's jobs. The ACT WorkKeys NCRC complements such traditional credentials as high school diplomas, community college degrees, and certificates of technical proficiency. Academic credentials mark the fulfillment of an individual’s classroom learning experiences. The ACT WorkKeys NCRC relies on standardized assessments and confirms an individual’s competence in a specific set of workplace skills.

Show your company's support

Your participation in ACT Work Ready Communities [ACT WRC] benefits not just your company, but your entire community. ACT WRC is helping job seekers in your area understand what skills employers like you are looking for, and it helps local educators prepare students for success. And — they need you as an employer to value their earning an ACT WorkKeys NCRC!

Read the Summary of ACT WorkKeys Validation Research.

Case Studies

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics refines hiring process and develops talent pipeline

Boeing improves retention while reducing training time

Additional Case Studies

ACT WorkKeys Videos

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Mercedes
Sector: Automotive Manufacturing
Solutions: Quality of hire, screening, career pathway, precision robotics skillset
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Eastman Chemical
Sector: Chemical Additives Manufacturing
Solutions: Candidate pipeline, job profiling, improving quality of hire, dual enrollment HS-college
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Phifer, Inc.
Sector: Materials Manufacturing
Solutions: Turnover reduction, hiring process, screening, WK curriculum, custom training with community college
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Tri County Region/United Tool and Mold
Sector: Custom tooling and engineering for plastics industry
Solutions: Apprenticeship, job profiling, candidate pipeline, Work Ready Communities
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Carthage Water and Electric
Sector: Energy and Telecommunications
Solutions: Improving quality of hire, Talent soft skills assessment, Work Ready Communities, smaller firms without fulltime HR
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Daikin America
Sector: Polymer/Chemical Manufacturing
Solutions: Candidate pipeline, training improvement and cost reduction, quality of hire, HR process improvement, job profiling
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Toray Carbon Fibers
Sector: Carbon Fiber Manufacturing
Solutions: Candidate pipeline, quality of hire, reduced training time, improved retention
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Newell Coach
Sector: Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing
Solutions: Quality of hire, job profiling, screening
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Click Bond
Sector: Aerospace
Solutions: Quality of hire, predictor of success, job candidate pipeline, time and cost savings, employee mobility/career pathway
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Martco, LLC
Sector: Forestry
Solutions: Turnover reduction, test validity, job profiling, curriculum
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Huntsville, Alabama Police Department
Sector: Public Safety
Solutions: Quality of hire, screening, reduced training time