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Career Readiness Credential for Job Seekers

The Career Readiness Credential (CRC) enables you to show prospective employers that you possess the basic foundational skills they are looking for and have the trainability for success in an organization. Even if you have a high school diploma (or GED) or a post-secondary degree, the CRC further verifies that you can handle the kinds of tasks – finding information, reading instructions and directions, even working with figures – that are common in today’s workplace.

How does the Career Readiness Credential work?

Building on a Proven Program

The CRC is based on established WorkKeys® assessments, a nationally recognized system. To earn a CRC, individuals undergo testing related to graphic literacy, applied math, and workplace documents through the WorkKeys skills assessment system. The credential confirms a person’s competence in these skill areas and provides documentation to an employer of these workplace competencies.

A Chance to Advance
Individuals can earn three levels of Career Readiness Credentials based on their test performance in Applied Mathematics, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy.

Platinum

Platinum signifies that a recipient possesses skills for 99% of jobs profiled by WorkKeys in the three areas.

Applied Mathematics

Use fractions with unlike denominators and calculate reverse percentages.
Convert units within or between systems of measurement (e.g., time, measurement, and quantity) where multiple-step conversions are required and the formulas are provided such as converting from kilometers to meters to feet.
Identify why a mistake occurred in a solution.
Find the best deal from a group of solutions and then use the result for another calculation.
Find the area of basic shapes when it may be necessary to rearrange a formula, convert units of measurement in the calculations, or use the result in further calculations.
Calculate the volume of rectangular solids (e.g., cubes).
Calculate rates, productions rates, rate by time (such as, production rate is 59 cups produced per hour, how many will be produced in an 8 hour shift).
Identify the correct equation for solving a problem.

Graphic Literacy

Locate information in a graphic using information found in another graphic

Interpret trends/patterns/relationships

Make a reasonable inference or decision based on one graphic after finding information in another graphic

Justify a decision using evidence found in a graphic

Identify the graphic that accurately represents the data

Justify an inference or decision based on information

Identify and justify the most effective graphic given a defined purpose

Workplace Documents

Infer implied details

Infer the meaning of an acronym, jargon, or technical term from context

Apply information/instructions to a situation not directly described in the document or to a completely new situation

Apply principles inferred in a passage to a situation not directly described in the document or to a completely new situation

Identify the rationale behind an entire document or a section of a document

Gold

Gold signifies that a recipient possesses skills for 90% of jobs profiled by WorkKeys in the three areas.

Applied Mathematics

Decide what information, calculations, or unit conversions to use to find the answer to a problem.

Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (such as ½ – ¼).

Convert units within or between systems of measurement (e.g., time, measurement, quantity) where the conversion factor is given either in the problem or in the formula sheet.

Solve problems that require mathematical operations using mixed units (such as adding 6 feet and 4 inches to 3 feet and 10 inches, or subtracting 4 hours and 30 minutes from 3.5 hours).

Identify the best deal using one or two step calculations that meet the stated conditions.

Calculate the perimeter or circumference of a basic shape, or calculate the area of a basic shape.

Calculate a given percentage of a given number and then use that percentage to find the solution to a problem (e.g., find the percentage and then use it to find the discount, markup, or tax).

Identify where a mistake occurred in a calculation (such as identifying the row in a spreadsheet where a problem occurred).

Graphic Literacy

Locate information in a graphic using information found in another graphic
Identify and interpret a trend/pattern/relationship
Make and justify an inference or decision
Identify the graphic that accurately represents the data
Compare two or more trends/patterns/relationships
Identify the most effective graphic given a defined purpose

Workplace Documents

Identify specific details

Infer the meaning of a word or phrase from context

Apply information/instructions to a new situation that is similar to the one described in the document while considering changing conditions

Apply information/instructions that include conditions to situations described in the document

Identify the appropriate meaning of an acronym, jargon, or technical term defined in the document

Apply technical terms and jargon to stated situations

Make inferences to accomplish a goal

Silver

Silver signifies that a recipient possesses skills for approximately 65% of jobs profiled by WorkKeys in these areas.

Applied Mathematics

Solve problems that require one or two operations
Multiply negative numbers
Calculate averages, simple ratios, simple proportions, or rates using whole numbers and decimals
Add commonly known fractions, decimals, or percentages (e.g., 1/2, .75, 25%)
Add up to three fractions that share a common denominator
Multiply a mixed number by a whole number or decimal
Put the information in the right order before performing calculations

Graphic Literacy

Locate information in a graphic using information found in a second graphic

Compare two or more pieces of information

Identify a trend/pattern/relationship

Make an inference or decision

Identify the graphic that accurately represents the data

Workplace Documents

Identify the main idea

Identify specific details

Use the information in the document to figure out the meanings of words or phrases that are not defined for them

Choose when to perform a step in a series of steps

Apply information/instructions to a situation that is the same as the situation described in the document

Choose what to do when changing conditions call for a different action

Bronze

Bronze level signifies that a recipient possesses skills for approximately 35% of the jobs profiled by WorkKeys in these three specific skill areas.

Applied Mathematics

Solve problems that require one type of mathematical operation. They add or subtract either positive or negative numbers (such as 10 or -2). They multiply or divide using only positive numbers (such as 10).•Convert a familiar fraction (such as ½ or ¼ to a decimal) and convert from a decimal to a common fraction; OR convert between decimals to percentages (such as 0.75 to 75%).

Convert between familiar units of money and time (such as one hour equals 60 minutes or ½ of a dollar equals $0.50).

Add the prices of several products together to find the total, and calculate the correct change for a customer.

Graphic Literacy

Locate and find information
Identify the next step in a process

Workplace Documents

Identify the main idea
Identify specific details
Choose when to perform a step in a series of shot steps
Apply information/instructions to a situation that is the same as the situation described in the document

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Career Readiness Credential (CRC)?

A Career Credential that certifies that job seekers have the core employability skills required across multiple industries and occupations. The three assessments that make up the CRC are Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.

Why is a CRC Needed?

There is great concern about the gap that exists between the skills required in today’s workplace and those exhibited by potential and incumbent employees. Businesses have trouble finding and hiring people who have basic employability skills and who are therefore trainable for specific jobs. The Career Readiness Credential is a portable skills credential, assuring employers that a job applicant actually has the basic skills required to be successful.

Why a tiered approach to Career Readiness credentialing?

A tiered model for a portable credential allows for a progression of skills development and connects different skill levels to the success in occupational fields consistent with that level. An individual who does not meet the minimum scores to attain a CRC or who wants to increase their scores, can do so through an on-line learning system, KeyTrain.

Why use the WorkKeys® Assessments to certify employability skills?

Over the last ten years, WorkKeys has become a widely accepted common language for skills definition among employers, educators/trainers, and potential/incumbent employees. The power of the WorkKeys system lies in its: 1) objectivity, 2) simplicity, 3) compliance with federal law (ADA, EEOC), and 4) legal defensibility.

Of the tens of thousands of jobs that have been profiled nationally using WorkKeys, about 85% of them use the three WorkKeys assessments that make up the CRC: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information.

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