The National Organization for Career Credentialing is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inform and educate individuals and organizations interested in skills and career credentialing as a way of improving the lives of individuals and benefitting the economy.

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Confronting the Skills Crisis And Workforce
Challenges of the New World Economy

The NOCC supports the concept that talent is the currency of economic development.

We actively endorse connectivity between education, economic, and workforce development through the use of innovative approaches to education and skills training, with a strong emphasis on career credentialing.

The NOCC provides advice, assistance, and expertise to employers and organizations:

    • Innovative projects--strategic planning, representation, and partnering
    • National, state and local networking of professionals
    • Marketing--ideas, materials, and information sharing
    • Presentations and group facilitation
    • Grants--research, writing and editing
    • Information sharing through social media and publications


The NOCC also supports the work of the states and organizations that comprise the Career Readiness Certificate Consortium through:

  • Web site hosting and maintenance (
  • Social media
  • Presentations
  • Assisting new and interested members

Click here to see the number of Career Readiness Certificates issued by state.


  • The skills crisis, especially in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields threatens our economy and standard of living.
  • There is a sense of urgency that we must do something quickly to address the skills shortage in our current and emerging workforce if we are to remain successful in the global economy.
  • There is an urgent need to create awareness of the skills crisis, to engage students more in the learning process,and employers in the P-20 educational system.
  • Too many students do not see the relevance of academics to their future career choices. Applied, project-based learning and hands-on activities have been shown to make classroom curricula relevant, engaging, and meaningful to students.
  • Over the last fifteen years, the skilled trades and apprenticeship programs have been largely eclipsed by the push for college education while the current skilled workforce has reached retirement age. Now this trend must be reversed to meet a serious workforce shortage.
  • Many thousands of dollars are spent annually by employers, governors, state agencies, and educators to develop and implement skills training and credentialing programs to certify both the technical and employability skills of incumbent and potential employees.
  • There is often confusion as to exactly what skills are needed for specific careers, where to get those skills, and what career credentialing programs are available or might be developed.
  • As the effects of globalization are felt in every facet of our economy, employers and career seekers are sometimes confused by the number and variety of training and certification programs available.

The NOCC is supported by public donations.

For more information, contact:
Barbara Bolin, Ph.D.
President, NOCC

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