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Certified CART Provider

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Prove you are on the cutting edge. Become a Certified CART Provider and take advantage of the growing number of opportunities becoming available to realtime practitioners. As one of the top national programs that certifies your ability in realtime captioning, attaining the CCP designation commands instant respect and the immediate attention of potential employers.

Who is eligible to take the CCP Exam

Canidates must be current or aspiring stenographic (broadcast, CART, or judicial) reporters in order to take the CBC and/or CCP. Candidates no longer need to be a member of NCRA to sit for the exam.

How to register for the CCP exam

The NCRA written knowledge and skills tests are being offered on separate days and at separate testing centers.  Please visit the Certification Test Center for more information.

Because the tests are being offered separately, candidates must register for the written knowledge and skills tests separately.  For registration dates and deadlines, please visit the Certification Test Center for frequent updates.

What does the CCP exam consist of?

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 complete, accurate, simultaneous translation and display of live proceedings utilizing computer-aided translation.

A CCP Job Analysis which is the blueprint for this certification program is available at no charge online in Adobe Acrobat Format or by calling 1-800-272-NCRA (6272).

Candidates who passed the Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) test

Prior to November 2011, the CBC, CCP and CRR skills tests were the same -- five minutes of literary matter at 180 wpm. In November 2011, the CRR changed to a two-voice testimony test at 200 wpm. Anyone who passed the CRR prior to November 2011 does not need to take the CBC and/or CCP skills test because they were the same test. Anyone who passed the CRR on or after November 2011 will need to take the CBC and/or CCP skills and written tests to become CBC and/or CCP certified. Please note that the CBC and CCP skills tests are still the same.

What it takes to pass the CCP Written Knowledge Test

The WKT is a 90-minute, 100 question, multiple-choice test based on, but not limited to, the following four areas of knowledge needed to perform the duties of a CART provider. A candidate must pass with a scaled score of 70.  A list of references can be found here.

  • Writing Realtime
  • Research
  • Language Skills
  • Communication Access Realtime Translation

What it takes to pass the CCP Skills Test

The CCP Skills Test consists of three steps:

  1. Setting up and operating your equipment
  2. Accurately writing realtime for five minutes at 96% accuracy from professionally recorded literary material at the speed of 180 words per minute.
  3. Converting your file to an ASCII text file. You are only graded on your final submitted text file.

Suggested Study References for the CCP Exam

A suggested study reference list has been put together by NCRA's CART Community of Interest (CoI) and can be found here. In addition, the CBC/CCP Certification has identified these references:

1.  Alternative Realtime Careers
2. Guidelines for CART Captioning
3. CART Provider’s Manual
4. Gregg Reference Manual
5. The Computer Glossary – NCRA Bookstore Alan Freedman 1998
6. Realtime Writing.   2nd edition
7. Realtime Captioning:  The VITAC Way
8. CART Consumer Bill of Rights
9. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
10. JCR “Most Important Variables for a CART Provider” (URL)
11. COPE Guidelines – NCRA General Guidelines of Professional Practice
12. CAT Software Manual
13. Closed Captioning Handbook
14. Janice T. Young, “Fingerspelling Made Simple” JCR (URL)
15. CART COI/Articles/”Breaking Down Laws Applicable to CART” (URL)
16. NCRA (2003) CART in the Courtroom:  Model Guidelines, JCR Jan 2003 p. 56
17. NCRA (2014) TRAIN:  “Ways to Hook Up” p. 42
18. Merriam-Websters
19. JCR “Am I Selling Myself Short?” January 2014 pg 51  JCR 

How you maintain your CCP Certification

Once you pass both portions of the CCP, you'll need to maintain it by participating in NCRA's Continuing Education program. You must maintain your NCRA membership and earn a minimum of 3.0 CEUs over a three-year period.

Recognition of your achievement

After you have earned your CCP you will receive a handsome certificate to display in your home or office. You will also be recognized in the Journal of Court Reporting, the Court Reporter Sourcebook, and on NCRA's Web site.