The Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is a portable skills credential that provides an employer a good snapshot of the employability skills of a potential hiring candidate.


By 2020, more than 90% of all jobs will require skill levels beyond those gained in high school.


Why a Career Readiness Certificate:

  • A CRC identifies skills and competencies for jobs

  • Identifies skills gaps and guides training decisions;

  • EEOC and ADA compliant

  • Is not an aptitude test. It is an assessment, which means everything is teachable, and the skills learned in order to raise the assessment scores.

  • A CRC does not replace other credentials; it supplements them.

  • Necessary because of permanent changes in the workplace and worker requirements.

  • Useful to people of all ages and in all career pathways.

  • A cost-effective demonstration of skills levels of individuals and geographic regions.


Benefits for the Job Seeker:

  • For job seekers, the CRC serves as a portable credential that can be more meaningful to employers than a high school degree or a resume citing experience in a different job setting.

  • Builds confidence that skills meet the needs of local employers.

  • Gives an advantage over the other job applicants who have not demonstrated needed skills.

  • Determines skill improvement and training needs.

  • Possesses a portable skills credential that enhances employability.

Benefits for the Employer:

  • For employers, the CRC offers a reliable mean of determining whether a potential employee has the necessary skills to be “job ready.”

  • Reduces turnover and overtime.

  • Takes the guesswork out of the selection process.

  • Improves the effectiveness of training dollars.

  • Streamlines hiring by including a preferred certificate level in job postings.

  • Meets EEOC requirements

  • Accuforce

  • Alexander Count

  • Alexander County Schools

  • Bernhardt Furniture

  • Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation

  • Blue Ridge Tissue Corp.

  • CCC&TI

  • Catawba County

  • Catawba County Chamber of Commerce

  • CVCC

  • Century Furniture

  • City of Hickory Fire Fighters

  • City of Lenoir

  • Concept Frames

  • Craftmaster Furniture Inc.

  • GKN Driveline

  • Hickory Springs (HSM)

  • IFH

  • Jack Sipe Construction

  • LifeStore Bank &  LifeStore Insurance

  • LP Building Products

  • Marves

  • Poppelman Plastics

  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Hickory

  • Prysmian Group

  • Punker LLC

  • Restoration Hardware

  • Schneider Mills Inc.

  • Sealed Air Corporation

  • Sherrill Furniture

  • Shurtape Technologies

  • Southern Systems

  • Taylor King

  • Technibilt

  • The Cognitive Connection

  • The Floyd Group

  • Town of Granite Falls

  • Town of Hudson

  • Turbocoating America

  • Ultra Force Staffing Services

  • United Beverages of NC. LLC

  • Wells Fargo Advisors

A Growing List of Regional Companies that Recognize
the CRC:

North Carolina’s Career Readiness Certification was endorsed by Governor Beverly Purdue.The Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board also encourages and supports the Career Readiness Certifications.

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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