Serving the demands of 21st-century markets

The future of jobs market for students entering kindergarten will look very different than the one graduates are entering now. Learn to Start Market-Ready™ Certifications are accredited and trusted by industry and have been engineered over a decade of learning, iterating, and executing, to ensure students are prepared with the employability and entrepreneurial skills necessary to enter, and add value to, current and emerging industries.


A Learn to Start market-ready student submits standard of proof, over time, for 20 highly demanded employability skills.

Learn to Start created, implemented, and maintains the Learn to Start Model. This model provides education a transformative solution to drive change and develops students highly capable of attaining certification through the Learn to Start Market-Ready credential system. 

Market-Ready Certification 1: Competitive Entry Level Employability

Critical Thinking Skills

  • 1
    The learner is able to clearly understand and process the information they are consuming.
  • 2
    The learner develops sustainable habits and takes advantage of opportunities to obtain knowledge and grow their skill base.
  • 3
    The learner can discern between reliable and unreliable sources and consults and corroborates with a variety of sources when determining answers and taking actions.
  • 4
    The learner competently gathers relevant data and applies it to solution creation.

Creativity Skills

  • 1
    The learner embraces both failure and change as they approach their work and collaborates effectively with others.
  • 2
    The learner recognizes and deploys the power of creative thinking as they seek alternative solutions.
  • 3
    The learner is in control of their work habits and holds themself personally accountable for their actions and results as they lead themselves first.
  • 4
    The learner takes advantage of opportunities despite the possibility of failure.

Collaboration Skills

  • 1
    The learner exercises leadership skills to construct and execute according to a timeline of actions to create a solution.
  • 2
    The learner expresses themself and their ideas in the context of specific mediums.
  • 3
    The learner commands their own expertise and collaboratively works with others to achieve goals.
  • 4
    The learner understands appropriate behavior when engaging with digital mediums.

Market-Ready Certification 2: Competitive Project Management Employability/Self-Employment

Leadership Skills

  • 1
    The learner utilizes the process of iterative solution creation.
  • 2
    The learner demonstrates their believability, credibility, and charisma to an audience.
  • 3
    The learner is prone to action and leadership rather than reaction as they move to achieve their goals.
  • 4
    The learner exercises leadership skills to construct and execute according to a timeline of actions to create a solution.

Enterprise Skills

  • 1
    The learner efficiently uses technology to search and evaluate data, and communicate value and execute on solutions.
  • 2
    The learner recognizes the importance of feedback and directly communicates with peers, team members, and mentors to resolve issues.
  • 3
    The learner makes evidence-based decisions concerning their personal and professional finances.
  • 4
    The learner creates processes for thinking and understanding solutions.

Solving for a Global Problem

Impact of the Worldwide Skills Gap

$ 6 trillion
Loss expected by 2030 due to the talent shortage and skills gap in the U.S. alone. (PWC)
54 %
L&D professionals who said that reskilling the current workforce to fill skills gaps is a priority now. (LinkedIn)
69 %
Organizations that are pursuing initiatives to address skills gaps amid a tightening labor market. (CompTIA)
67 %
Employers who report having trouble finding qualified talent due to skills gaps. (Monster)
36 %
Workers surveyed who believe their current skill set will become irrelevant by 2023. (Degreed)
24 %
Workers surveyed who feel supported by their organization's skill development opportunities. (MIT & Deloitte)


Developing Future-Proofed Students

According to Adobe's In Demand Skills 2022 Report: How to grow skills and get hired

Diversify Your Knowledge

Learn to Start builds a diversity of essential skills in students to ensure they are highly marketable, adaptable and prepared to function in unpredictable markets with a high level of agency.

Prepare While Getting an Education

Learn to Start has been invented to integrate directly into the current system of traditional K-20 education to ensure every student we serve is becoming aligned with 21st-century markets from day one. We call this K-Market™.

Expand Your Hard and Soft Skills

Learn to Start allows students to identify their strengths and weaknesses and become intrinsically motivated to build portfolios that prove they have mastered both the soft and hard skills that are aligned with their passions, interests and capabilities.

Ready Your Portfolio

Learn to Start students build powerful proof-of-self inside their sharable digital portfolio.

See how the Learn to Start Market-Ready Certification Stacks Up Against Current Market Demanded Skills


Learn to Start students are empowered to bring their issued certificates to the markets where they can claim real market-readiness with confidence. To attain certification a student must… 


Be enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution offering Learn to Start programming.


Be subscribed on the Learn to Start Learner Platform.


For secondary, participate in a minimum of two years of Learn to Start Programming per certificate. For post-secondary, a minimum of one year of Learn to Start Programming per certificate.


Complete Proof of Work for all skills inside the student’s IAMR Platform and signed off by a secondary or post secondary instructor as ready for submission.

Complete a minimum of one industry certification per every Market-Ready level applied for aligned to a student’s Learn to Start Market-Ready Portfolio

Submit a completed Learn to Start Market-Ready Portfolio for all three sections –  Alignment, Productivity and Competitiveness.

Certification is issued by Learn to Start’s Issuance and Auditing Department upon their final review and assessment of proof of skills inside each student’s IAMR, submission of completed industry certifications, and full review of student’s completed Learn to Start Market-Ready Portfolio.
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Learn to Start empowers industry to have the final say when it comes to endorsing a Learn to Start student’s market-ready skills using our LTS Industry Verification Platform.

Through this powerful platform students continue to work towards certification using a more autonomous method of learning.

Students who successfully become Market-Ready Certified access a trove of incredible industry resources that includes insights, internships and even employment offered by our Learn to Start, global network of industry partners. 

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