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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 committees@ncra.org.

2013-14 NCRA Committees, Councils, Task Forces 

The Captioning Community of Interest identifies and develops programs, products, and services for captioners; works with NCRA education staff regarding event and webinar content; and works with the NCRA Government Relations Team on advocacy issues.

The Captioning Quality Standards Subcommittee explores issues related to captioning quality related to live and near-live captioning; With expected movement by the FCC, this group will work with groups representing folks who are deaf and hard-of-hearing to ensure that the interests of captioners are heard during any discussion related to captioning.The CART Community of Interest Committee identifies and develops programs, products, and services for CART providers.

The CART Community of Interest Committee identifies and develops programs, products, and services for CART providers; works with NCRA education staff regarding event and webinar content; and works with the NCRA Government Relations Team on advocacy issues.

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 CBC/CCP Certification Content Writers Committee creates skills and written knowledge tests for the CBC and CCP exams.

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, as well as reviews RPR and RDR job analyses to ensure they are current. 

The CAPR Test Advisory Committee is responsible for writing and selecting the RPR, RMR, RDR and CRR exams.  TAC also standard-sets the RPR written test each meeting and reviews tests submitted by the content writing committee to approve for future use.

The CAPR Test Advisory Content Writers Committee is responsible for writing content for the RPR, RMR, and CRR skills exams.

The Council on Approved Student Education is responsible for the certification and development of court reporter student training and education programs; mMaintains 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 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 Firm Owners Community of Interest develops the format and overall theme/tone of the annual Firm Owners Executive Conference.  CoI members suggest other value-added programs and services for the firm owner segment of NCRA’s membership.  This Community works with other groups to incorporate firm owners’ topics regarding seminars, webinars, articles, and other professional development-related activities; and works with NCRA staff to create value for the firm owners audience.

The Freelance Reporter Community of Interest develops seminar topics, descriptions, and speakers for the NCRA Annual Convention, as well as webinar development.  CoI members suggest other value-added programs and services for the freelance segment of NCRA’s membership.  This Community also develops and helps distributed educational materials and best practices for the freelance community.

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 Membership Marketing Committee donducts telemarketing projects related to membership, including an annual renewal phone-a-thon. During this three day phone-a-thon, committee members make over 3,000 calls to members who have not renewed their membership for the current year. This Committee also works with NCRA staff on related promotions and issues regarding membership recruitment and retention.

The National Committee of State Associations 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. NCSA also provides information and advice to the NCRA Board of Directors through the submission of resolutions and position statements. The president appoints a NCSA chair and vice-chair.

The National Outreach Committee coordinates 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. This Committee also develops materials, presentations, and articles that may be needed for physical attendance at events.

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 Official Reporters Community of Interest 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 Paperless Future Task Force identifies and analyzes how to assist court reporters in transitioning to a paperless environment;and creates best practices for paperless future technologies and makes recommendations to the NCRA Board.

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; works on publications and Web resources related to the Realtime Systems Administrator program; identifies target audiences, create tactics for reaching the audience, and develop materials (articles, etc.) for reaching that audience.

The School Owners and Administrators Community of Interest identifies and develops products and services for school owners and administrators, with a view toward helping every school to succeed in increasing enrollments and retaining students; creates best practices, communicates trends, and conducts market research; monitors changes to the Department of Education rules and proposed revisions to accreditation standards; and engages with schools and promotes programs to prospective students.

The Student Community of Interest develops the Student Seminar Program for the Annual Convention, as well as content to be delivered online; creates content and provides management support for the Student Community Website; explores new ways to encourage more court reporting students to become members of NCRA and implements one or more of those ideas during the year.

The Teacher Community of Interest develops programs for the annual Teachers’ Workshop and creates material for the Teachers’ CoI Website; develops products and services for teachers’ use and promotes NCRA membership, certification, and involvement in the CoI to all teachers; Produces content for NCRA publications.

The Technology Education Committee assists in educational content development and creation for NCRA webinars, the NCRA Institute, TechCon, Firm Owners, and Convention.

The Technology Review Committee researches current and emerging technologies for the purpose of educating the membership. Aligned with NCRA’s overall strategic goals, this committee works in concert with the National Outreach Committee regarding external events. This committee also increases member value by developing online tech resources through continued communication with NCRA vendors.

The TRAIN Task Force (Taking Realtime Awareness and Innovation Nationwide) implements Phase II of a plan to train more court reporters who can provide realtime to attorneys, judges, and other consumers of court reporting services; and considers how to engage in more systematic outreach to end users of realtime services to build wider awareness of realtime reporting and its benefits to the larger community.

The Trial Presentation Certificate Committee supports the development and implementation of the Trial Presentation Certificate program; creates and executes plans to build wider understanding and appreciation of the concept of trial presentation among NCRA members as well as external audiences; writes articles and/or make presentations, cross-pollinating work with the National Outreach Committee; evaluates Trial Presentation curriculum to ensure it meets standard industry practice.