Career Readiness Certificate

The N.C. Career Readiness Certificate is a statewide assessment-based credential that gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills.


The Career Readiness Certificate offers a reliable means of determining whether a potential employee has the necessary literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills to be job-ready.

Career Seekers

Even if you have a high school diploma, GED®, or a post-secondary degree, the certificate further verifies that you can handle the tasks that are common in today's workplace: finding information, reading and understanding directions, as well as working with figures.

How it Works

The certificate 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.

Workkeys Assessment and Schedule

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.

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

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022 – Harris Campus, Building II, Room 2125
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022 – Harris Campus, Building II, Room 2125
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022 – Harris Campus, Building II, Room 2125

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

Workkeys Registration, Requirements, and Cost

Registration for the WorkKeys testing is required at least one week in advance. For additional information or to register, email

Cost for the Career Readiness Certificate (which includes the required Workplace Documents, Applied Math, Graphic Literacy assessments) is $54. For the additional Workplace Observation or Business Writing assessment, the cost is $26 per assessment.

For the Gastonia Firefighter Silver-Level Career Readiness Certificate and Workplace Observation assessment, the cost is $80.

Assessment Results

To view your results, create an account at, or contact WorkKeys at 1.800.967.5539 for assistance. The following chart indicates levels. Note that the lowest level score determines the certificate you will receive.

Assessment Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
Workplace Documents 3 4 5 6
Applied Math 3 4 5 6
Graphic Literacy 3 4 5 6


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