Career Readiness Certification

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.