National Career Readiness Certificates
If you do not find the information on National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC™) you are seeking through one of the links below, contact one of the state contacts for more information.
What is the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)?
How do employers use the NCRC?
What is job profiling?
What analysis is used for job profiling?
What are the benefits of job profiling?
What South Dakota certified job profiler can I contact?
Where can I learn more?
Who are the state office contacts for the NCRC?
The NCRC is a portable, national credential verifying to employers, anywhere in the United States, that an individual has essential core employability skills in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. This easily understood and nationally valued credential certifies attainment of these employability skills at a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum level of achievement.
To earn a National Career Readiness Certificate, individuals must successfully complete assessments that measure cognitive abilities, examining some of the "real world" foundational skills critical to job success. ACT (the college testing company) has researched more than 16,000 occupations, concluding that these three skills are very important for almost any occupation--skilled or professional--at any level of education.
When you recommend or require the NCRC for job applicants, you will tap into the most qualified labor pool in your area. Applicants who come into your business with a NCRC will give you solid insight into their foundational employability skills.
Determine Hiring Qualifications
Retention and Promotion Decisions
ACT Inc.'s job profiling analysis system helps businesses identify the skills and skill levels employees must have to perform particular jobs effectively. It also gives individuals a clear picture of the skill levels they need to qualify for and be successful in the jobs they want.
Job profiling identifies the skills and WorkKeys® skill levels an individual must have to perform successfully for each position. By comparing job profile information with individuals' WorkKeys assessment scores, organizations can make reliable decisions about hiring, training and program development.
The profiling procedure is designed to systematically develop accurate profiles through:
The benefits of job profiling are:
The following certified job profilers are available to assist any business in South Dakota.
Career Learning Center of the Black Hills
730 E. Watertown St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
Southeast Job Link
1200 W. 21st St.
Yankton, SD 57078
Cornerstones Career Learning Center
420 S. Roosevelt
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Visit the ACT website.
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Eastern South Dakota:
Western South Dakota:
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