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Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS)

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What is CLVS?

The Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) program sets and enforces standards for competency in the capture, utilization, and retention of legal video and promotes awareness of these standards within the legal marketplace. Legal videographers partner with court reporters to ensure the integrity of both the video of legal proceedings and the official transcript.

CLVS Certification Process

Three steps required for certification:



Cost (Member)

Cost (Nonmember)

Legal Environment Seminar Three day in-person seminar – Fri., Sat., Sun. $885 $985
Production Examination In-person test $325 $425
CLVS Written Knowledge Test Test at your closest Pearson Vue center $185 $210

Note: These steps cannot typically be taken on consecutive days, unless an experience track application is approved. The seminar needs to be completed before taking either of the production exam or WKT.

Alternate: Experienced Track
If you have sufficient legal videography and deposition taking experience, please submit an experience track evaluation form and the CLVS Council will review your application within 3-5 business days.



Cost (Member)

Cost (Nonmember)

Legal Environment Seminar One day in-person seminar – Sat. only $555 $655
Production Examination Next day – Sun. only $325 $425
CLVS Written Knowledge Test Test at your closest Pearson Vue center $185 $210

Legal Environment Seminar

This three day seminar is currently held twice a year in the spring and summer at various locations across the country. The CLVS Seminar will set you on your way to recording depositions and courtroom proceedings with confidence and skill and in accordance with accepted Rules of Civil Procedure.

This program is led by some of the best and brightest in the legal video profession, who also comprise the CLVS Council.

CLVS Seminar Schedule


Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Date TBD, 2017 August 10-13, 2017

NCRA Headquarters
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 400
Reston, VA 20191

NCRA Convention & Expo
Las Vegas, NV
Registration TBD, 2017 TBD, Q2 2017

3-Day Seminar

Member:  $TBD / Nonmember:  $TBD


1 Day Seminar (Mandatory Day - Saturday)

Member:  $TBD / Nonmember:  $TBD



CLVS Written Knowledge Test

The Written Knowledge Test, or WKT, is a 115*-question, multiple-choice test that focuses on the areas that come from the CLVS Job Analysis:

  • Videotape recording production (45%)
  • Post production (15%)
  • Legal and judicial procedures (25%)
  • Office procedures and operating practices (10%)
  • Professional development (5%)

You must pass with a scaled score of 70 or better.

This exam will stay on your record for three years. If you have not taken your Production Test within three years of the WKT, you must retake the exam. Learn more about the CLVS Exam Retention Policy.

Written Knowledge Test Schedule

  • January 9-21, 2017 (Registration period: December 1-31, 2016)
  • April 8-20, 2017 (Registration period: March 1-31, 2017)
  • July 8-20, 2017 (Registration period: June 1-30, 2017)
  • October 7-19, 2017 (Registration period: September 1-30, 2017)

Registration for the January WKT will be posted here on December 1, 2016

Production Examination

The production test is administered three times a year: early spring, late summer and early winter (depending on interest).  Please contact NCRA by calling 800-272-NCRA (6272) for more information, or contact the CLVS Staff. During this test you'll run the show at a staged deposition and be graded on your ability to follow video deposition guidelines and produce a usable, high-quality video of the deposition. When your passing grade is confirmed, you have earned your CLVS. This exam will stay on your record for 3 years. If you have not taken your WKT within three years of the Production Test, you must retake the exam.

Those who already hold another NCRA certification will earn 0.5 CEUs after passing both the Written Knowledge Test and the Production Test.

Experienced Legal Videographer?

If you're already an experienced legal videographer, you may apply for the Experienced Track. Upon application approval, this track allows the candidate to attend the CLVS Seminar on the Mandatory Day (Saturday) and then take the Production Exam on Sunday.

Production Exam Schedule


Fall 2016

Spring or Summer 2017

Date Nov. 5-6, 2016 TBD
Location NCRA Headquarters
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 400
Reston, VA 20191

Reston, VA  (spring), OR

Las Vegas, NV (summer)

Registration Oct. 1-28, 2016 TBD

Member:  $325

Nonmember:  $425

Member:  $TBD

Nonmember:  $TBD


Register for the November CLVS Production Exam by filling out the appropriate form below

and sending it to clvs@ncra. org or fax to 703-391-0629.


Maintaining Your CLVS Certification

As an CLVS, you'll participate in NCRA's continuing education program.

  • As a CLVS, you will participate in NCRA's continuing education program. CLVSs are required to earn 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU), the equivalent of 10 hours of approved seminar time, per three-year CEU cycle.
  • CLVS are NOT eligible for Professional Development Credits (PDCs). Learn more about the difference between CEUs and PDCs here
  • CLVS certification is maintained with the one of the following annual renewals:

*Written Knowledge Tests have 115 questions but only 100 are used to calculate a candidate's official score. The other 15 questions are new questions that are being tested to capture metrics on their validity.