National Career Readiness Certificate
For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), contact any job service office.
Preparing for the WorkKeys Assessment: KeyTrain®
KeyTrain is a comprehensive, easy-to-use system for improving the basic skills measured by the WorkKeys Assessment System. Using KeyTrain, individuals can assess their potential WorkKeys score, review topics in each WorkKeys skill area and practice with item types similar to those found on an actual WorkKeys assessment.
The KeyTrain system includes targeted, self-paced instruction, pre- and post-assessments, a complete learning management system and an occupational job profile database. These components can help individuals learn, practice and demonstrate the skills they need to succeed in the jobs and career they desire.
The WorkKeys assessment system, developed by ACT, is the leading job skills assessment system in the nation. These assessments measure real world foundational skills critical to job success, regardless of occupation. WorkKeys assessments can provide reliable, relevant information about an individual’s workplace skill levels.
WorkKeys also offers job analysis to identify skills required for jobs, and training to correct skill gaps. ACT has profiled more than 20,000 individual jobs across the country to determine the skill being used and the level needed for job success. According to ACT findings, three skills are essential to nearly every job: applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information.
Reading for Information
WorkKeys assessments are considered high-stakes exams. They are proctored by a statewide network of providers contracted by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.