Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is an assessment-based credential endorsed by Governor McDonnell that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills. The opportunity to earn a CRC is available through Virginia’s Community Colleges and local One-Stop Centers.
The CRC, based on ACT’s WorkKeys Assessments, is a portable skills credential, ensuring employers of a job seeker’s skills. Over the past decade, WorkKeys has become widely accepted nationwide among employers, educators/trainers and potential/incumbent employees to provide a common language for skills definition. The assessments are based on job profiles identifying the basic employability skills for over 17,500 jobs.
Included in the certification are three WorkKeys assessments: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics and Locating Information. Certificates are awarded at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels depending on the assessment scores. Skill-gap training is also available to assist individuals to improve their award levels.
As a tool that assists both the employer and the job seeker even beyond the high school diploma or GED or post-secondary degree, the CRC verifies that an individual can handle the kinds of tasks – finding information, reading instructions and directions, even working with figures – that are required by at least 85% of all jobs profiled by ACT WorkKeys in the country.
The Governor-endorsed CRC is supported by the Virginia Workforce Council, Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, the Virginia Manufacturers Association and many Virginia businesses.
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