ACT WorkKeys® Solutions

The Business & Career Institute (BCI) is a licensed ACT WorkKeys Provider that administers the ACT WorkKeys® assessment and value-added services. ACT WorkKeys® assessments available for corporate personnel and individuals interested in:

In today’s workplace, individuals must possess a wide range of skills. Both perspective and incumbent employees need to demonstrate competence in “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation- skilled or professional- and at any level of education. ACT WorkKeys® incorporates these skills using a systematic approach that is designed to help business and industry link the components of job task analysis, assessment, and instruction within their workplace. This workplace skills assessment system bridges the gap between actual skill levels and the documented skill levels needed to succeed in specific jobs in the workplace. WorkKeys® uses the same scale to score tests and measure job skills, showing comparisons between a person’s skill levels and the job requirements. The system supports hiring, promotion, and training decisions and meets requirements adopted by the EEOC. WorkKeys® is a proven success tool for students, employees and employers to choose, change or boost careers and help build a high-performance workforce.

The WorkKeys® System follows a three-step process:

  1. Job Profiling An authorized and licensed Job Profiler, using the SkillPro software from ACT with a specific process, performs a job observation, and then meets with incumbent workers to describe the tasks involved in their job and to determine the level of competency in needed skill areas to effectively perform their job. Skill areas include: Applied Technology, Locating Information, Listening for Information, Business Writing, Applied Mathematics, Reading For information, Teamwork, and Workplace Observation.
  2. Assessment Assessments give individuals information about their competence in the skill areas. The scores from the assessments are criterion referenced (i.e. they are measured against predetermined levels of proficiency in skills required for effective job performance). Individual results can then be measured against job requirements.
  3. Instruction Training specific to the requirements of the job can be developed to include the WorkKeys® skill areas. The WorkKeys® “Targets for Instruction” provide guides that can be used for training needs.

The Business & Career Institute is an ACT WorkKeys® Solutions Provider that includes job profiling, assessments, and training. A licensed WorkKeys® job profiler is on staff and has been successfully profiling in the U.S. for over 15 years.

Employers, Employees & Individuals

Companies worldwide use ACT WorkKeys® to assess a potential new hire’s skill levels for comparison to the job requirements. For employers wanting additional information on the benefits, rewards, and costs associated with WorkKeys® Job Profiling or individuals required to take the ACT WorkKeys® assessment as a part of a job application, contact Lois Fuentes at (708) 225-6040.

National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)

South Suburban College Business & Career Institute is offering the National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). The Career Readiness Certificate provides existing and potential job candidates with a credential that proves their skill level to enhance employability. This certification allows employers a more efficient way to assess work skills.

The certificate is designed to complement other traditional credentials, such as a high school diploma or community college degree, and confirms the person’s competence in specific workplace skills in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. Employers use the certificate, along with other education and background information, to make employment and training decisions. Higher scores indicate an individual’s readiness for a greater range of jobs.

The KeyTrain® training system is offered by the Business & Career Institute and sharpens workplace skills of students and employees. If new employees and students are going to be adequately prepared for the workforce, they need to understand the requirements for jobs they are considering. ACT WorkKeys® helps determine the skill levels and education required for various jobs. After taking the ACT WorkKeys® tests you will know exactly where your skills stand in being able to perform well at a specific job.
The National Career Readiness Certificate uses test results from assessments to award certificates in three categories:

  • Bronze Level signifies an individual has scored at least a level 3 in each of the three core areas (Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information) and has the necessary skills for 35 percent of the jobs in the ACT WorkKeys® database.
  • Silver Level signifies an individual has scored at least a level 4 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary skills for 65 percent of the jobs in the ACT WorkKeys® database.
  • Gold Level signifies an individual has scored at least a level 5 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary skills for 90 percent of the jobs in the ACT WorkKeys® database.
  • Platinum Level signifies an individual has scored at least a level 6 in each of the three core areas and has the necessary skills for 99 percent of the jobs in the ACT WorkKeys® database.

Anyone over 18 years of age is eligible to take the ACT WorkKeys® CRC assessments. Assessment test schedules are being created and will be posted on campus, in the non-credit schedule, and on the web site. Assessment tests can be taken at the Business & Career Institute. Employers may also arrange special assessment sessions for promotion purposes.
Contact Lois Fuentes at (708) 225-6040 for pricing.

Paraprofessionals (Teacher’s Assistant)

ACT WorkKeys® Assessments for Teacher Assistants for paraprofessional certification fulfill the state and federal “No Child Left Behind” requirements.
Individuals looking for more information on Paraprofessional Testing should contact (708) 596-2000 ext. 3267.

FALL 2019 WorkKeys DatesPOSTED 8/19/19