WorkKeys® - Earn Certificate

National Career Readiness Certificate - NWPA WIA


The WorkKeys® assessments are not like any other assessments. WorkKeys® is different in the way that it assesses how prepared you are for specific jobs or careers. Your scores can give you a better idea about your readiness for the workforce and help employers select the most qualified applicant for the job. The assessment questions are based on situations in everyday work.


Employers receive many applications and resumes for a few jobs; however, by having a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), your application and resume will stand out. By attaching your NCRC to an application or resume, you give that employer a snapshot of the important basic skills you possess. Many of the local employers in Central Pennsylvania are recognizing the NCRC.


Top 10 Benefits for Taking the Assessments

  • Stand out among a large pool of job applicants.
  • Build confidence that your skills meet the needs of local employers.
  • Improve your opportunities for career changes and opportunities.
  • Help find a job or career that fits your skills and interests.
  • Have documentation of your skills achieved.
  • Show prospective employers the concrete proof of the skills you have.
  • Rank above other job applicants with the ability to showcase your ‘real world’ skills.
  • The Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is a nationally known, therefore it’s recognized in other states besides Pennsylvania.
  • If you’re a student, you can increase the chances of being hired after graduation.
  • If you’re in training, you will be able to connect your coursework to work experiences.

Where to Get It

Each Northwest Pennsylvania CareerLink® offers the WorkKeys® assessments on a regular basis. Contact the Northwest Pennsylvania CareerLink® office near you for more information. If you already have your National Career Readiness Certificate, please visit I Have a Certificate for more information on what you can do with it.


How To Prepare

The Northwest Pennsylvania CareerLink® locations offer a wide variety of services to help you prepare for the WorkKeys assessments. Visit or call the closest PA CareerLink® for information about workshops and access to the web-based courseware called WIN Career Readiness Courseware.


Test Taking Tips

You don’t need to “cram” for this assessment, however, you may take advantage of the available resources at the Pennsylvania CareerLink® to “brush-up” on those skills you may need help with in order to be prepared to take the assessment.

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