Work Ready Certificate Educator FAQs


What is Work-Readiness Certification?

It is a program designed to verify that students have the basic workplace skills Sonoma County

businesses require. Student skills are "tested" by employer groups and certificates are awarded only to

those students who the employers determine are work-ready.


How were the work-readiness skills determined?

Over 200 Sonoma County businesses and employers responded to surveys and skill outlines based on

national employment trends. Specific requirements for entry-level employment in Sonoma County were

defined from these survey responses and related focus group meetings. The skills represent input from a

large number of local businesses, especially ones that offer entry-level employment to students.


Why would I want to help students get a Work-Readiness Certificate?

By making students aware of the skills necessary for success in the workplace, you are giving them the confidence and knowledge to successfully make the transition from school to work.  Work-Ready Certification makes a practical connection between the education and experience received in high school and the essential requirements of the world of work. 


How can I teach students the required work-readiness skills?

Teacher lesson plans and curriculum are available on the website.  Lesson plans are designed so that they can be used by individual students, small groups, or an entire class.  Lesson plans are also designed to be easily used by substitute teachers when the primary teacher has to be out of class.

How can I teach Work-Readiness skills when I’ve got my subject area standards to cover?

Many of the Top 10 Skills Plus required for certification are skills that align with core academic standards.  Skills such as “communicate in spoken and written English,” “read and understand written information,” or “use and apply basic math” can easily be taught in the core academic classes.  Other skills, such as “avoid absenteeism,” demonstrate willingness to work,” or “work well with other as part of a team,” can be taught and reinforced across the curriculum.


How do I get more information?

For more information about Sonoma County Work-Ready Certification, contact Dan Blake, the Career Development Specialist for the Sonoma County Office of Education at (707) 524-2780 or






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