Employers

Businesses consider many factors before establishing a presence in a particular state – with the skill level of the available workforce often being a deciding factor. Employers who are thinking of moving to or expanding in a region now have the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) to help them out.

The following describes in detail what skills are tested for at each certificate level:

Bronze Level

Applied Mathematics

  • Solve problems that require a single type of mathematics operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) using whole numbers
  • Add or subtract negative numbers
  • Change numbers from one form to another using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, or percentage
  • Convert simple money and time units (e.g., hours to minutes)

Locating Information

  • Find one or two pieces of information in a graphic
  • Fill in one or two pieces of information that are missing
    from a graphic

Reading for Information

  • Identify main ideas and clearly stated details
  • Choose the correct meaning of a word that is clearly defined
    in the reading
  • Choose the correct meaning of common, everyday
    workplace words
  • Choose when to perform each step in a short series of steps
  • Apply instructions to a situation that is the same as the one
    in the reading materials

Silver Level

In addition to the skills required for a Bronze certificate, Silver certification requires competence in the following areas:

Applied Mathematics

  • Solve problems that require one or two operations
  • Multiply negative numbers
  • Calculate averages, simple ratios, simple proportions, or rates using whole numbers and decimals
  • Add commonly known fractions, decimals, or percentages (e.g., 1/2, .75, 25%)
  • Add up to three fractions that share a common denominator
  • Multiply a mixed number by a whole number or decimal
  • Put the information in the right order before performing calculations

Locating Information

  • Find several pieces of information in one or two graphics
  • Understand how graphics are related to each other
  • Summarize information from one or two straightforward graphics
  • Identify trends shown in one or two straightforward graphics
  • Compare information and trends shown in one or two straightforward graphics

Reading for Information

  • Identify important details that may not be clearly stated
  • Use the reading material to figure out the meaning of words that
    are not defined
  • Apply instructions with several steps to a situation that is the same as the situation in the reading materials
  • Choose what to do when changing conditions call for a different action (follow directions that include "if-then" statements)

Gold Level

In addition to the skills required for both Bronze and Silver certificates, Gold certification requires competence in the following areas:

Applied Mathematics

  • Decide what information, calculations, or unit conversions to use to solve the problem
  • Look up a formula and perform single-step conversions within or between systems of measurement
  • Calculate using mixed units (e.g., 3.5 hours and 4 hours 30 minutes)
  • Divide negative numbers
  • Find the best deal using one- and two-step calculations and then comparing results
  • Calculate perimeters and areas of basic shapes
    (rectangles and circles)
  • Calculate percent discounts or markups

Locating Information

  • Sort through distracting information
  • Summarize information from one or more detailed graphics
  • Identify trends shown in one or more detailed or
    complicated graphics
  • Compare information and trends from one or more
    complicated graphics

Reading for Information

  • Determine the correct meaning of a word based on how the word
    is used
  • Identify the correct meaning of an acronym that is defined in
    the document
  • Identify the paraphrased definition of a technical term or jargon that is defined in the document
  • Apply technical terms and jargon and relate them to stated situations
  • Apply straightforward instructions to a new situation that is similar to the one described in the material
  • Apply complex instructions that include conditionals to situations described in the materials

Employers across the country who have not profiled a job are using ACT's Occupational Database as a strong guide for the WorkKeys levels requiredin the hiring process. This is legal as long as these scores are not the only hiring criteria used.

If a job requires scores like 4-5-5 in RFI, LI, and AM, an employer should require a Silver CRC (4-4-4) as a minimum. However, it is clear that a Silver certificate will not be sufficient to guarantee success on the job. If the person is otherwise a good fit for the job, an employer would be wise to assist him/her to increase the two low scores with specific, on-line training. Assistance with this training may be obtained through the local one-stop career center or the community college.

 

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