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 Workplace Documents, Applied Math and Graphic Literacy.

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 $18 for Workplace Documents, Applied Math and Graphic Literacy - all required to earn the certificate. One additional assessment, Workplace Observation, is $26.00. Those who already hold the CRC may create or log into their online WorkKeys account to see their scores or contact WorkKeys at 1-800-967-5539 for assistance.

WorkKeys assessment schedule

Assessments begin at exactly 11:00 am on the following dates. If you are taking the three assessments to earn a CRC, please plan to be at the testing site for approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.

September 12, 2018 - Harris Campus, Building 2, Room 2127
October 10, 2018 - Harris Campus, Building 2, Room 2127
November 7, 2018 - Harris Campus, Building 2, Room 2127
January 9, 2019 - Harris Campus, Building 2, Room 2127

Location: All testing is performed at the Harris Campus, near the airport, Building 2, Room 2125 or 2127. Testing starts on time. Any late arrivals will need to reschedule.

WorkKeys registration

Registration for the WorkKeys testing is required at least one business day in advance.  Please contact for additional information or to get registered for testing.

Required assessments and total cost for the following credentials:

Career Readiness Certificate: Workplace Documents, Applied Math, Graphic Literacy $54
Gastonia Firefighter: Silver level CRC and workplace observation $80

Assessment results

To view your results, you must create an account at Chart below indicates levels. Note that the lowest level score determines the certificate you will receive.

Workplace Documents 3 4 5 6
Applied Math 3 4 5 6
Graphic Literacy 3 4 5 6



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