NCRA Committees & Task Forces
|General Committee Information|
To help the Association function more effectively and address the needs of the membership, NCRA maintains a number of committees and task forces. To find out who serves on the various committees click on the committee name on the left-hand menu. For questions on a particular committee, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014-2015 NCRA Committees, Councils, Task Forces
The Broadcast and CART Captioning Committee identifies, develops, and updates programs, products, and services for the broadcast and CART captioning communities.
The CART Ethics Task Force was created to produce ethical guidelines that will guide CART captioners when they have a dilemma related to how they do their job.
The Certified Legal Video Specialist Council serves as faculty at the biannual CLVS seminar/forum and conducts the skills testing for CLVS certification; reviews and updates CLVS Standards; creates resources for the CLVS community; and reviews written CLVS exams.
The CLVS Item Writing Committee works with a PES (Professional Examination Service) consultant to write and edit questions (also known as items) for the CLVS written knowledge test. This Commitete also reviews the CLVS job analysis and item bank.
The Committee on Professional Ethics is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Code of Professional Ethics and the CLVS Code of Ethics in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws; addresses all COPE complaints and creates content for the JCR; and reviews language in COPE and Complaint Procedures.
The Constitution and Bylaws Committee reviews the Constitution and Bylaws and makes recommendations for amendments to the Board of Directors and the Membership. This committee also contributes to educational/PR content relating to NCRA’s Constitution and Bylaws.
The Contests Committee prepares, conducts, and grades the national speed contest and the national realtime contest during the Annual Convention. This committee also contributes to educational/PR content relating to the contests and creates and reviews the contest procedure manual.
The Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters is responsible for the development and administration of continuing education programs, credential examinations, and any additional programs assigned by the Board of Directors; works with NCRA staff and others as necessary to develop resources that allow court reporters to prepare for NCRA exams; oversees the appeal process for lost certifications; and documents CAPR’s policies and procedures for reinstatements, testing appeals, and all other necessary activities. The Constitution and Bylaws state that the Council shall consist of at least five Fellows, as well as voting representation from at least one consumer or public member.
The CAPR CBC/CCP Certification Committee creates skills and written knowledge tests for the CBC and CCP exams; reviews tests submitted by content writing committee and selects the CBC/CCP skills test; evaluates the changes within the profession and in consumer needs and preferences, and recommend general directions and long-term strategies to CAPR.
The CAPR Item Writing Committee writes and edits test questions for the RPR and RDR written knowledge tests. The committee works with a Professional Exam Service consultant to develop written knowledge test items.
The CAPR Test Advisory Committee is responsible for writing and selecting the RPR, RMR, RDR and CRR exams, and writing the CBC/CCP skills tests. TAC also standard-sets the RPR written test each meeting.
The CAPR Test Advisory Content Writers Committee is responsible for writing content for the RPR, RMR, CRR and CBC/CCP exams.
The Council on Approved Student Education is responsible for the certification and development of court reporter student training and education programs; Maintains and updates the General Requirements and Minimum Standards; participate in execution of plan established by the Vision for Educational Excellence Task Force subgroup related to Instruction and how these efforts might adapt or change GRMS; and assists in the creation of educational content for events and webinars when needed. The Constitution and Bylaws state that the Council shall consist of at least five members, including at least two Registered Reporters and at least three reporting educators from NCRA certified programs representing both public and private institutions.
The Court Reporting Program Advisory Committee develops programs for the annual Teacher’s Workshop. The Committee also identifies and develops needed products and services for school owners, administrators, and teachers, and promotes NCRA membership, certification, and involvement in the profession to all teachers, school owners, and administrators.
The Distinguished Service Award Committee recommends to the Board of Directors a recipient for the Distinguished Service Award. The Constitution and Bylaws state that this committee shall consist of five (5) members, who may be past recipients of the Distinguished Service Award.
The Freelance Committee (Firm Owners Subcommittee) develops seminar topics, descriptions, and identifies speakers for the NCRA Annual Convention and as needed throughout the committee year. The Firm Owners Subcommittee develops the format and overall theme/tone of the annual Firm Owners Executive Conference. The combined committee suggests other value-added programs and services for the freelance and firm owner segments of NCRA’s membership.
The Intersteno Task Force provides oversight and direction into NCRA’s involvement in Intersteno and provides subject matter expertise to Intersteno on program content and contests.
The National Committee of State Associations Governing Committee provides a forum for delegates appointed by affiliated reporter associations to exchange experiences, information, and various points of view about matters of current relevance to NCRA, affiliates, and the profession.
The National Outreach Committee will coordinate NCRA’s volunteer network, including committees, to help raise awareness of and to advocate the many services offered and the importance of court reporting profession as a whole, to an established target group of external audiences via identified national events and communications channels.
The New Markets Task Force creates new resources to assist firms to better position themselves to market their services on a local and national basis and examines survey data and does research for where NCRA can develop new market resources.
The Nominating Committee interviews and identifies nominees for officers and directorships to be filled at the annual business meeting. The Constitution and Bylaws state that the committee shall consist of four Registered Members and the Immediate Past President.
The Officials Committee identifies and develops programs and services for official reporters, including webinars and educational material for external markets; develops seminar topics, content and identify speakers for the Annual Convention relevant to this membership segment; and identifies content for articles to be placed in legal publications with a focus on the judicial setting.
The PAC Governing Board - NCRA PAC’s goal is to raise money through contributions in order to disburse those funds to supportive, key elected officials. NCRA PAC prides itself on judiciously and effectively contributing to political campaigns.
The Policies and Procedures Task Force reviews one-third of the NCRA Policies and Procedures Manual annually and explicitly reaffirm, revise, or rescind each item contained therein, for consideration by the Board of Directors.
The Realtime Systems Administrator Certificate Committee supports the development and implementation of the Realtime Systems Administrators Certificate program.
The Student Community of Interest develops the student seminar program for the Annual Convention, as well as content to be delivered online via the NCRA Institute. This committee also creates content and provides management support for the NCRA’s student website. Members work with other committees to keep students involved as they graduate and enter the profession.
The Technology Committee assists in education content development created for NCRA webinars, the NCRA Institute, TechCon, Firm Owners, and the Annual Convention and Expo. The committee also researches current and emerging technologies for the purpose of educating the membership through consistent communications, and works in concert with the National Outreach Committee regarding external events.
The TRAIN Task Force - The program, Taking Realtime Awareness and Innovation Nationwide, sets a lofty goal of training more realtime writers around the country through small-group training.