State of Tennessee
Career Readiness Certificate
Numerous surveys have demonstrated a gap between the
current workforce and the basic skills needs of employers.
To reduce the cost of remedial training and lost efficiency,
more employers are implementing pre-employment
assessments to identify these skills prior to hiring.
What is a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)?
A CRC is a credential based upon the WorkKeys®
assessments that substantiate to employers that an individual
possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st century
Getting a CRC will allow an individual to show prospective
employers that he or she possesses the basic skills they are
Even if an individual has a high school diploma (or GED) or a
post secondary degree, the CRC further verifies that he or
she can handle tasks that are common and vital in today’s
workplaces -such as finding information, reading instructions
and directions, and working with figures.
What are the target areas and levels of a
Career Readiness Certificate?
The CRC focuses on three targeted skills:
• Reading for Information
• Applied Mathematics
• Locating Information
Reading for Information—comprehending work-related
reading materials, from memos and bulletins to policy
manuals and governmental regulations.
Applied Mathematics—applying mathematical reasoning to
Locating Information—using information from such
materials as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs, and
Career Readiness Certificates (CRC) are becoming
widely accepted as a standard for documenting essential
skill sets of the 21st Century workforce.
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