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Job Seekers

  • Beef up your resume.
  • Boost your chances of getting a job sooner.
  • Find your dream job.

Earning a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) through the Skilled Iowa Initiative sets you apart from other job candidates.

Proof to employers of your skills

The NCRC is a portable, nationally recognized credential that serves as proof of your workplace skills. Employers across Iowa recommend the certificate to job applicants and use it in their hiring processes.

Take the test

By taking a test – at no cost to you – workers earn one of four levels of certificates: platinum, gold, silver or bronze to show employers they are qualified for open positions.

Testing sites are located throughout the state, and tests are administered at no cost.

The test can also identify areas where you might need to strengthen your skills. Skilled Iowa provides training through KeyTrain® to improve in those areas.

What are you waiting for?

Join other job applicants nationwide who have already earned their NCRC! Get a jump on your job hunt today and start the process to earn your own NCRC!  Contact a local IowaWORKS Center or e-mail skillediowa@iwd.iowa.gov to schedule a test.

Future Ready Iowa

Additional Job Seeker Information can be found visiting the Future Ready Iowa website. The Future Ready Iowa website directly connects job seekers to tools for finding education, training and jobs, It uses Labor Market Information to identify the number of jobs, the average median income and what training is required within a geographically determined distance from a specified location.

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