The Career Readiness Certificate Consortium

In January 2004, with leadership from Virginia, seven states (TN, WV, KY, DC, MD, NC and VA) formed the Career Readiness Certificate Consortium (Consortium). No state was asked to contribute funds or in any way commit resources to the effort. The idea of a Consortium was conceived to provide a support mechanism for and practical help to all states, particularly for those just embarking on the project.

The Consortium was comprised of states in very different stages of development of a portable skills credential based on WorkKeys® assessments. For example, Kentucky had been issuing its own Kentucky Employability Certificate for a year, Virginia was quickly advancing to deployment of its Career Readiness Certificate, and Maryland and DC were only just beginning to look at WorkKeys® scores as the language of skill sets. All other states fell somewhere in between.

By the end of 2004, another 5 states had asked to join the Consortium, and this interest and enthusiasm continued into 2005. At a meeting of the Consortium in May 2007, 14 states were represented, and it has grown tremendously since then.

Since March 2007, the Consortium has been administratively supported by the National Organization for Career Credentialing (www.nationalocc.org)

In September 2006, ACT™ announced a national CRC initiative. This ACT certificate is IDENTICAL to all other CRCs. It is not more transportable or of a higher level.

It is important to note that it is NOT necessary to be affiliated with ACT in order to issue CRC's in your state or organization. Several organizations and states (e.g. the Commonwealth of Virginia) continue to issue their own CRCs and are unaffiliated with ACT. Please contact the NOCC office for more details.

In September 2006, The CRC Handbook: Implementing the Career Readiness Certificate was released across the country. An updated and expanded second edition is available at no charge from the NOCC site (www.nationalOCC.org/resources).

The table below shows the approximate number of CRC's issued as of February 7, 2016.

STATE
TOTAL
BRONZE
SILVER
GOLD
PLATINUM
AK
41,579

10,194

23,226

8,010

149

AL

58,409

14,389

33,121

10,698

201

AR
64,815

11,289

38,343

15,069

114

AZ
5,763

1,100

3,484

1,156

23

CA
9,162

2,266

5,140

1,688

68

CO

1,217

261

796

155

5

CT
2,386

624

1,432

328

2
DE
234

33

141

60

 
FL
 114,044

28,472

64,271

21,083

 218

GA
332,210

86,340

182,807

61,082

1,981

HI
412

172

203

37

 
IA
75,824

15,224

42,812

17,364

424

ID
90

21

51

27

 
IL
149,733

34,492

77,396

36,100

1,745
IN
114,670
21,777
68,122
24,227
544
KS
34,620

5872

19,238

9189

321

KY

113,408

21,624

70,815

 20,534

435
LA
50,801
15,772
27,873
6,982
174
MA
531
144
295
91
1
MD
430
99
244
85
2
ME
81
9
46
26
 
MI
506,677
120,467
257,990
124,914
3,346
MN
22,474
3,796
12,259
6,250
169
MO
 66,993

13,264

38,826
14,659

 244

MS
28, 286

8,321

15,439

4,415

111

MT
1,572
339
894
328
11
NC
287,881
66,521
168,508
52,054
 798
ND
568
134

322

112
NE
881
204
490
183
4
NH

5,071

1,141

2,977

937

16

NJ
592

218

305

69

 
NM
24,709

6,817

13,719

4,114

 59

NV
3,981

687

2,152

1,122

20

NY

1,474

332

886

248

8

OH
129,157

20,589

79,949

28,167

 452

OK
 124,981

27,340

72,881

24,204

556

OR
50,166

6,804

26,981

15,844

537

 PA
25,081

 3,621

 14,724

 6,611

 125

RI
772

269

416

86

1
SC
300,932

 90,877

 163,811

 45,507

 737

SD
12,884

1,757

7,535

3,516

76

TN
107,035

21,750

60,387

24,838

60

TX
17,693

3,289

10,650

3,688

66

UT

3,375

410

1,907

1,035

23
VA
86,931

18,757

37,705

30,469

 
VT
2,579

511

1,443

613

12

WA
4,065

506

2,247

1,270

42

WA (DC)
53
20
26
5
2
WV

64,117

12,576

40,339

11,083

119

WI
68,197

10,937

35,843

20,773

644

WY
7,928

1,442

4,613

1,867

6

TOTAL

3,127,533

 

 

 

 

There is considerable variation in how each state is deploying its credential. In some states, the CRC is state-sanctioned, authorized by the state WIB and signed by the governor. In others, the state technical or community college system is taking the lead. In several states, the initiative is regional or local.

Many states are now using the CRC as the basis for a workready community designation.

Several states issue enhanced certificates called CRC+ certificates. The + indicates that additional assessments have been added to the three WorkKeys assessments that designate the CRC. Examples include CRC+ (Health Care), and CRC+ (Manufacturing technician).

The NCRC+ ranks individuals in the following soft skills categories:

Work Discipline: Productivity and dependability
Teamwork: Tolerance, communication, and attitude
Customer Service Orientation: Interpersonal skills and perseverance
Managerial Potential: Persuasion, enthusiasm, and problem solving

The NCRC Plus ranks individuals with 1–4 stars in each of the categories listed above. Higher numbers of stars reflect personal characteristics that indicate stronger inclination for success. Individuals can earn the NCRC Plus by taking the WorkKeys Talent assessment.

Please visit "News From The States" for more details.

Several states are now using the CRC as the basis for designating Workready Communities.

The key thing in what has become a national movement is the fact that so many states agree on the following:

1) There is a need for a portable skills credential based on a common language, easily understood by employers, educators, and citizens;
2) This common language should be WorkKeys®;
3) The three WorkKeys® assessments that should form the basis of the credential are Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading For Information;
4) The credential should be multi-level;
5) The scores for each level should be 3's for Bronze, 4's for Silver, and 5's for Gold. (Note: KY and IN issue only the Silver and Gold levels)

This represents more agreement between states than has been witnessed on almost any other initiative!

The Consortium is supported by the National Organization for Career Credentialing (www.nationalOCC.org)

The NOCC Board of Directors/Officers are:

Dr. Barbara Bolin, Michigan--President/Treasurer

Robin Fiddes, American Packaging Corporation, Texas--Secretary

John S. Palmer, Jr., Michigan

Tim Kelly--Michigan

Dr. Blossom Burton, Transition Youth International, New Jersey

For more information on the Consortium, contact the NOCC.

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