KANSAS COURT REPORTERS ASSOCIATION



Guide to NCRA Certification Programs

RPR Registered Professional Reporter. The nationally recognized RPR examination includes a three-part skills test and a Written Knowledge Test (WKT). The skills portion of the test is a dictation test of Literary matter at 180 wpm, Jury Charge at 200 wmp and Testimony at 225 wpm. The WKT portion tests those areas of knowledge needed to perform the duties of a court reporter, such as English grammar and spelling, technology, terminology, courtroom rules and procedures, transcript format, use of legal research materials and professional responsibility._ The RPR designation is renewed periodically. Every three years, each RPR must accumulate 3.0 continuing education units to maintain certification.


RMR Registered Merit Reporter. An RPR can achieve fu1ther recognition by passing the RMR exam. The skills portion of this exam consists of Literary matter at 200 wpm, Jury Charge at 240 wpm and Testimony at 260 wpm. The merit-level WKT certifies an attainment of distinction. A RMR designation is renewed periodically and requires the accumulation of 3.0 continuing education credits to maintain certification.


RDR Registered Diplomata Reporter. RDR is the highest level of certification a reporter can achieve, requiring a reporter to exhibit exemplary organization and practical skills in all reporting activities. The exam consists of a WKT administered to candidates who have been RM Rs for at least five years or to RM Rs with either a baccalaureate degree or two other NCRA certifications.

CRR Certified Realtime Reporter. The CRR exam tests a candidates ability to write realtime at variable speeds ranging from 180 to 200 wpm. The test is five minutes in length and must be passed with a 96% accuracy rate.

CBC Certified Broadcast Captioner. The CBC is a two-part exam consisting of a Written Knowledge Test (WKT) and a Skills Test (SKT). The CBC is an entry level exam that measures the knowledge, skill, and ability of the candidate to produce an accurate, simultaneous translation and display of broadcasts utilizing realtime translation software.

CCP Certified CART Provider. The CCP is a two-part exam consisting of a Written Knowledge Test (WKT) and a Skills Test (SKT). The CCP is an entry level exam that measures the knowledge, skill, and ability of the candidate to produce complex, accurate, simultaneous translation and display of live proceedings utilizing computer-aided translation. 

CLVS Certified Legal Video Specialist. The CLVS WKT is a 90 minute, 100-question, multiple-choice test based on, but not limited to the following five areas of knowledge needed to perform the duties of a legal video specialist. Special emphasis is placed on the use of legal video for preservation of deposition testimony. The percentages shown to the right of each knowledge area listed below Indicate the appropriate number of questions relative to that area on the WKT. A candidate must pass the WKT with a scaled score of 70 or better.

CRI: Certified Reporting Instructor. Certification requires attendance of the NCRA Council on Approved Student Education-sponsored Orientation session for CR! and successful completion of the assignments. The CR! designation is effective for three years from the date of completion.

MCRI: Master Certified Reporting Instructor. Certification requires completion of the NCRA Master Certified Reporting Instructor program, a four-phase, performance-based assessment process. The certification is valid for three years, during which time the MCRI will meet the continuing education requirements to assure renewal of the MCRI certification.

CMRS: Certified Manager of Reporting Services. Certification requires completion of the NCRA Certified Manager of Reporting Services Program, which focuses on topics crucial to the management of court reporters.

CPE: Certified Program Evaluator. Certification requires completion of the NCRA E-Seminars "Interpersonal Skills" and "Introduction to the Certified Program Evaluator Certification." A CPE is an individual trained to evaluate and certify undergraduate court reporting programs. The CPE assists the school through the rigorous certification process and performs the official evaluation. 

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