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Florida Ready to Work

Florida Ready to Work (FRTW) is a career education and credentialing program focused on foundational employability and essential soft skills readiness for technical education / industry certification, college, apprenticeship, and employment.  The credentials and corresponding courseware are available to all Miami Dade College students and prospective students. For more information, please visit the Florida Ready to Work website.

The Credentials

Students who complete the program may earn the Florida Ready to Work Credential and/or the Florida Soft Skills Credential. Both credentials are signed by the Governor and recognized as a common measure of readiness for most jobs, across industry sectors, by employers large and small.

To earn the Florida Soft Skills Credential, students must pass one proctored, online assessment – essential soft skills. Each assessment is 55 minutes. All questions are multiple choice, based on career contextualized scenarios.  Soft Skills measures competency in work tasks and behaviors including: cooperate with others, resolve conflict, negotiate effectively, solve problems, make decisions, observe critically, and take responsibility for learning.

To earn the Florida Ready to Work Credential, students must pass three proctored, online assessments – applied math, reading for information and locating information.

The Soft Skills Curriculum

To prepare students for internship and employment, the program also provides a new blended online and classroom-based curriculum targeting essential soft skills including:

  • Conveying Professionalism – Dependability, courtesy, attitude, motivation, personal accountability, and time management.
  • Communicating Effectively – Verbal and nonverbal communication and listening; use of communication tools including email etiquette, cell phone, and social networking; resolving conflict; and acknowledging criticism.
  • Promoting Teamwork and Collaboration – Teamwork skills and interactions, benefits of diversity and sensitivity to differences, accepting responsibility, and leadership.
  • Thinking Critically and Solving Problems – Innovation, creativity, flexibility, overcoming adversity, goal setting, and critical thinking strategies.

The Florida Ready to Work Curriculum

An effective supplemental instructional solution for student success in industry certification coursework and testing, the online Florida Ready to Work curriculum provides targeted, career contextualized instruction in foundational employability skills including:

  • Applied Math – Use of workplace math – four basic functions of math – to communicate information and problem solve (i.e. calculate percentage discounts and mark-ups).
  • Reading for Information – Use of workplace text to communicate information and problem solve (i.e. emails, manuals, memos, policies).
  • Locating Information – Use of workplace graphics to communicate information and problem solve (i.e. spreadsheets, charts, graphs, instrument gauges).

What is the Process to earn the credentials?

  • Step 1: Complete a Florida Ready to Work Assessment Request form here to receive an email with the login instructions.
  • Step 2: Go to My Florida Ready to Work portal and login to complete the online placement tests to measure current skills.
  • Step 3: Click on the “Soft Skills” Training (middle option) and use the online, self-paced courseware to improve skills.
  • Step 4: Complete all 4 Soft Skills sections. Each section takes about 45 minutes each and includes a pretest, course, and posttest. You are welcome to take the 3 additional “Hard Skills” training modules in reading, math and technology to complete the “Hard Skills” credentialing.
  • Step 5: Take the required proctored assessments for Soft Skills and/or Hard Skills at a Miami Dade College Testing Center or on a remote basis.
  • Step 6: To schedule a testing appointment, please use the button below:

    Schedule a Testing Appointment
  • Step 7: For Soft Skills: Earn a passing score on the assessment.
    For Hard Skills: Earn passing scores on all 3 assessments.
  • Step 8: Receive the Soft Skills and/or Hard Skills Florida Ready to Work credentials signed by Governor Ron DeSantis.
  • Step 9: Add your new credential(s) onto your resume, Handshake, and LinkedIn profiles.
  • Step 10: Celebrate your accomplishment

View the Florida Ready to Work FAQs

For More Information Contact

MDC WORKS Career Studio
305-237-9675 (Work)

Silvio Rodriguez
Miami Dade College, Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing  |

Florida Ready to Work

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