Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)

The N.C. Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is awarded to individuals based on achievement in passing established WorkKeys® assessments competency testing. Well recognized by many national employers and government agencies, the WorkKeys certificate may be awarded based on test scores in reading, applied math and locating information.

Bronze, Silver or Gold

A participant's scores, by subject area, earn one of three levels: bronze, silver or gold. Based on validated job profiles, the levels correspond to the percentages of jobs requiring these levels, respectively 30, 65 or 85 percent.


Individuals may register to take the WorkKeys assessments required for the CRC. Each assessment costs $12 for reading, math and locating information - all required to earn the certificate. Two additional assessments, writing and workplace observation, are $20 each. Those who already hold the CRC may create or log into their online account. The cost of the certificate is $16 and sharing the certificate is free.

WorkKeys assessment schedule

Reading for InformationApplied MathLocating Information

Workplace Observation

11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. 2:15 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
7/12/17 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
8/16/17 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Location: All testing is performed at the Harris Campus, near the airport, Building 2, Room 2101. See additional location and parking information.

WorkKeys registration

For more information contact us via email:

Required Assessments and total cost for the following credentials:

Teacher Assistant: Writing, reading and math **ACT has discontinued the Writing assessment and it is no longer available.  Participants are welcome to come and take Reading and Math, but will need to contact Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools regarding the Writing assessment.**
Career Readiness Certificate: Reading, math and locating information $36
Gastonia Firefighter: Silver level CRC and workplace observation $56

Assessment results

With the exception of the writing assessment, your scores will be available within seven business days. To view, you must create an account at Chart below indicates levels. Note that the lowest level score determines the certificate you will receive.

BronzeSilver GoldPlatinum
Applied math 3 4 5 6
Locating information 3 4 5 6
Reading 3 4 5 6



Tools to help you prepare and improve WorkKeys scores include: