Work Readiness Credential
Washington State has developed a national Work Readiness Credential (WRC) which defines, assesses, and certifies that individuals can meet the demands of entry-level work. Initiated in response to business concerns about the difficulty in finding qualified applicants, the WRC is based on a cross-industry standard, defined by experts from multiple business sectors, of what entry-level workers need to meet to be successful. This standard includes the ability to:
- cooperate with others
- communicate (orally in English, as well as to read and write)
- solve problems
- resolve conflicts
- take responsibility
- adapt to change
Although other tests are available to test employability skills, no other assessment tool addresses entry-level work readiness.
Designed to provide a reliable and accurate tool for screening job applicants, the WRC has four modular assessments (math, reading, oral language, and situational judgment). These are conducted by computer through a web-based system to ensure maximum accessibility, security, and ease of use. Although not timed, the test should not take more than two and a half hours to complete.
For more information about the WRC, go to:
Mike Hudson, Association of Washington Business, Institute for Workforce Development and Economic Sustainability,
Mike Brennan, Workforce Board, firstname.lastname@example.org