National Career Readiness Certificate

Through South Dakota WINS, high school students will be offered the opportunity to be assessed for employability and have their employable skills documented through the National Career Readiness Certificate program.

Purpose of the National Career Readiness Certificate program: Provide high school students the opportunity to obtain the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).


  1. Offer the NCRC to 2,000 high school junior and senior students in order to assess students for employment capability and provide certification for increased employability.
  2. Encourage or enable schools to offer students access to the NCRC beyond first year state funding.
The NCRC is an industry-recognized, evidence-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success. This credential is used across all sectors of the economy and verifies reading skills, problem solving, critical thinking and work-related mathematical reasoning, as well as the comparing, summarizing and analyzing of information presented in multiple related graphics.
The NCRC offers individuals, employers and educators an easily understood and nationally valued credential that certifies essential workplace skills. Employers across the state utilize the NCRC to determine whether applicants are a good fit for the jobs for which they are applying, giving individuals with NCRC certification a competitive edge in the job market.
During the 2013-14 school year, the NCRC will be made available to additional pilot districts (up to 4,000 students) who have demonstrated an interest in administering the assessment and equipping their students with the certification. Full implementation of the NCRC is expected for the 2014-2015 school year with an estimated 8,000 students taking the assessment.

For more about the NCRC, please visit the SD Department of Labor & Regulation's website


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