National Work Readiness Credential

The National Work Readiness Credential is the first national standards-based assessment for entry-level workers to provide a universal, transferable, national standard for work readiness. It is based on the nationally validated Equipped for the Future learning standards, which were created as part of the National Institute for Literacy’s ten-year standards development initiative. The Credential has been developed to provide a portable, as well as national certification that affirms that individual job seekers have demonstrated the knowledge and skills needed for successful performance as entry-level workers. It was developed through a national consensus-building process that included businesses, unions, chambers of commerce, education and training professionals, and state workforce investment boards in the founding states of Florida, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, the District of Columbia, as well as JA Worldwide.

RTC Institute is an official testing site for this program.

Fees: $35 RTCI Fee (Paid by Credit Card upon Registration)

$65 NWRC Fee (Paid by Credit Card)

For more information contact:

Betty McAleer

Benefits for Employers

Employers will benefit from the National Work Readiness Credential in some important ways. They are likely to:

  • Reduce recruitment costs
  • Improve productivity
  • Minimize turnover
  • Maximize the effectiveness of on-the-job-training

The National Work Readiness Credential identifies the knowledge, skills, and abilities that supervisors, managers, and other workforce experts agree are most important when looking for people who can successfully perform entry-level work. With the Credential, employers can confidently hire entry-level workers who can:

  • Complete work accurately, on time, and to a high standard of quality
  • Work in teams to achieve mutual goals and objectives
  • Follow work-related rules and regulations
  • Demonstrate willingness to work and show initiative
  • Display responsible behaviors at work, including avoiding absenteeism and demonstrating promptness

Benefits for Job Seekers

With the National Work Readiness Credential, job seekers can:

  • Demonstrate to employers that they have the skills to successfully perform in entry-level jobs
  • Take the first step on a career path
  • Identify the skills they may need to strengthen in order to carry out tasks successfully
  • Advance in the workplace

Benefits for the Workforce Development System

The National Work Readiness Credential will help the workforce development system:

  • Improve its focus, alignment, and accountability
  • Facilitate a common understanding among employers, workers, and educators about the skills necessary
  • Align itself to a common goal
  • Promote the development of training programs that are appropriate to the needs of employers and job seekers
  • Provide a single set of standards to assess program performance and hold vendors accountable to obtain entry-level employment