Career Readiness Certification Program

Career Readiness Certification Overview

The Career Readiness Certification Program is part of a national job skills assessment system measuring “real world” core communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal employability skills that employers believe are critical to job success - skills valuable for any occupation, skilled or professional, and at any level of education.

The North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is a portable credential based on the three most required ACT WorkKeys® skills:

  • Reading for Information
  • Locating Information
  • Applied Mathematics

These skills are required by 90% of jobs.


These three assessments address workplace situations one might encounter on the job and prove to employers you have the skills to understand written information and can use it to perform assignments including simple calculations. The information can have potentially major implications for career plans and growth.

The CRC assessment program is offered without cost. Registration for the program takes place in the Employability Lab Monday-Thursday afternoons on the New Bern Campus or at other arranged times or places. Each assessment is a timed event.

Assessment Schedule: Monday - Thursday afternoons in the WorkForce Employability Lab located in the Business, Industry and Technology Building

Scores on the three assessments generate a certificate:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

Practice Tool for Skills Testing

If you are interested in practice on these skills, you can use the Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) software. The practice sessions identify your skill practice level. Only the assessment will generate a certificate.

Additional Resources

North Carolina Career Readiness Certification (CRC):

ACT WorkKeys®:


For registration or practice information for the CRC assessment program, contact George Kramer at 252-638-7289 or

Contact Information

George T. Kramer, PhD
Workforce Development Coordinator
Workforce Development Learning Center
Craven Community College
800 College Court
New Bern, North Carolina 28562
Phone: 252-638-7289
Fax: 252-672-4699