Ways to Earn Continuing Education
CEUS vs. PDCs
CEUs are awarded for class time. These may be taken online, in webinar or e-seminar format, or as in-person classes. There will usually be a lecture component for a CEU worthy program. The individual submitting the course for credit must be the student/participant. All other activities for which we grant units would be awarded PDCs. PDCs may not be applied to CLVS or reinstatement continuing education requirements. For examples, please visit our Continuing Education Rules page.
NCRA's live webinars feature leading speakers from around the country speaking on engaging topics relevant to the court reporting profession. This delivery format includes live audio and PowerPoint slides that are controlled by the speaker in real time.
Thursday, Sept 29th, 2016: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST (0.1 CEU)
Practicing in the digital age: How to evolve with your attorneysIn a recent ALM survey, 97 percent of attorneys believed electronic case management can mitigate the risk of missing critical details. Attorneys today are under constant pressure to produce an accurate, efficient work product with the expectation of providing exceptional client service. Attendees will learn how transcript workflow technology benefits both you and your clients by relieving pressures and producing secure, flexible transcripts efficiently. Brought to you by Thomson Reuters.
Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016: 3:00 – 4:30pm EST (0.15 CEU)
Mentoring students today for tomorrow's professionalsWhat is involved in successfully mentoring students in a court reporting program? What do schools need from professionals? Current best practices along with common pitfalls for the implementation and maintenance of effective mentorship activities will be discussed. Make a difference in students’ lives through mentoring!
E-Seminars represent the most convenient way to earn CEUs when and where you need them. Featuring recorded video and downloadable handout materials, e-seminars allow you to access the best presentations from past NCRA events and webinars. Explore NCRA's E-Seminar Library here.
- Disability Awareness and Etiquette More than one out of every five individuals has a disability in the United States. As the baby-boomer population ages, the prevalence of disability will increase. People with disabilities are entitled to the same courtesies you would extend to anyone. Yet, many of us have not had personal experience with disability and/or have not been exposed to a wide variety of types of disabilities and, thus, feel awkward or inadequately prepared to interact or respond appropriately. This session will review common disabilities and discuss courtesies and responses that are applicable in everyday interactions. Individuals will have an opportunity to dialogue about personal experiences and discuss specific situations with the presenter. 0.1 CEU. Register here!
- Podcasting to Promote Your Business In this seminar, Steve Lubetkin, CLVS, co-author with Donna Papacosta of The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional, reviews and explains how to make audio and video podcasts (Internet-distributed audio and video programs) part of your marketing and communications plan. 0.1 CEU. Register here!
- 90 Apps in 90 Minutes In this fast-paced, high-energy session, learn from Sara Wood and Christine Phipps about the latest and best apps that can help you improve your productivity, organize your day, and provide you with the necessary tools to be a rock star in the field. Including everything from reference apps to just plain stress-relieving fun, this session will give you resources you can start using right away. 0.15 CEU. Register here!
- How to Caption Sports Like a Pro! An overview of captioning sports for the seasoned captioner, and newbies, too! We'll start with the opportunities available, where to begin, dictionary management, and how to prep! Tips, tricks, and sports-related terminology. Are you an avid sports fan? Great! Do you know NOTHING about sports? Great!! No matter your Sports I.Q., we'll help get you started on the right path to gain the skills and confidence to start saying yes to sports captioning assignments. 0.15 CEU. Register here!
- How to Make the Most out of the Best Practices for CART Captioning. Learn about CART captioning best practices with Sami Silvia and Carol Studenmund. We will discuss the roles of all the parties involved in bringing access to people with hearing disabilities through CART captioning. You will learn about your role as the captioner and how to do a great job for the people who need your services. We will challenge you to find four things you can do this year to become a better CART captioner. 0.1 CEU. Register here!
- Empower Hour with Julie. This webinar, taught by Julie Lessa, will discuss equipping, empowering and educating women on safety. She will present different lethal and non-lethal options for protecting yourself in different situations. Most importantly, she will look at various what to do if….scenarios and how to keep yourself from being an easy target. 0.1 CEU. Register here!
- Medical Captioning. Please join Mirabai Knight for a discussion of prefixes, suffixes, research skills, fingerspelling techniques, and other strategies that can be used to build a robust medical dictionary. 0.15 CEU. Register here!
- CRR Boot Camp - Part 2 of 2. Think you are ready to take the CRR Exam? Want to make sure? Join Kathryn as she guides you through advice and helpful tips and tricks to help you pass the Certified Realtime Reporter Exam. 0.15 CEU. Register here!
- CRR Boot Camp - Part 1 of 2. Think you are ready to take the CRR Exam? Want to make sure? Join Kathryn as she guides you through advice and helpful tips and tricks to help you pass the Certified Realtime Reporter Exam. 0.15 CEU. Register here!
PLAY NCRA's Courting Disaster Game
Play NCRA's Courting Disaster game! Courting Disaster is the first online learning game designed to simulate the unique challenges that court reporters face every day. The game is free to play, and offers a one-of- a-kind interactive learning experience for court reporters, students and anyone interested in the reporting profession. Reporters have the option to claim CEU credit by purchasing a follow-up e-seminar that explores the issues encountered in the game in more detail. Play the game, purchase the e-seminar and earn 0.15 CEUs!
To play now, register here!
NCRA Meetings and Events
NCRA holds a large number of educational events throughout the year from which members can earn continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain their NCRA certifications. More Information...
Attend conventions, conferences, webinars or workshops provided by a State Association/Third Party Vendor that have been pre-approved for CEUs by the NCRA.
The calendar of 2016 pre-approved seminars for obtaining CEUs is now available! Click here.
These are two- to three-page articles, which are followed by a short multiple-choice test. Some research may be required to answer the questions. The passing score on these tests is 75% and they are marked Pass or Fail. Each test may be taken only once pass or fail. More Information...
The Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters has developed a list of approved books for continuing education units. Each of these books has a 20-question short answer or multiple choice test. The passing score is 85%. Each test may be taken only once pass or fail. More Information…
NCRA Certification Testing
Members who pass the NCRA Skills Test or the Written Knowledge Test (WKT) portion of the RMR, RDR, CRR, CLVS (if already an RPR), CCP (if an RPR), or CBC (if an RPR) will earn Professional Development Credits (PDCs). More Information...
- Passing any skill portion of the RMR - 0.25 PDC
- Passing WKT portion of the RMR - 0.25 PDC
- Passing the RDR exam (WKT only) - 0.25 PDC
- Passing the CRR exam - 0.25 PDC
- Passing the CLVS Skills or WKT exams - 0.25 PDC
Speed and Realtime Contests
All speed contests must be at or above the level of the RMR speeds in order to qualify for professional development credits. Credit for any speed contest leg will be awarded only once per three-year term. All realtime contests must be at or above 180 wpm straight matter, at 96% accuracy in order to qualify for credit. Credit for any realtime contest will be awarded only once per three-year term.
- Each leg of an NCRA speed contest - 0.25 PDC
- Each leg of a state speed contest or Award of Excellence - 0.25 PDC
- NCRA realtime contest - 0.25 PDC
- State realtime contest - 0.25 PDC
CEUs will not be awarded for any course involving a non-academic subject such as dancing, sewing, crafts, or learning a musical instrument. Please request a submission form from NCRA before sending in transcripts or certificates. All courses will be evaluated based on the core curriculum, depending on subject matter. All submissions must be accompanied by an evaluation fee. College courses taken for credit (Grade must be "C" or above).
- Each Semester Hour - 1.5 CEUs
- Each Trimester Hour - 1.4 CEUs
- Each Quarter Hour - 1.0 CEU
Audited college courses
- Each Semester Hour - 0.75 CEU
- Each Trimester Hour - 0.7 CEU
- Each Quarter Hour - 0.5 CEU
Adult education classes not taken for college credit
- 0.1 CEU for every contact hour
CPR and First Aid Courses
CEUs will be awarded for CPR and First Aid courses conducted by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or any other organization that meets the Federal standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
- 0.1 CEU per hour, up to a maximum of 1.2 CEUs (Academic core)
Credits for either of these two classes may only be received once each three-year term.
Promoting the Profession to External Audiences
Examples of events that would satisfy this requirement include presentations at court reporting schools (as a guest speaker or career day participant), law schools, and judges’ associations. If a question arises as to whether an event qualifies, CAPR will review the request for approval. Members seeking Professional Development Credits must submit an outline or agenda of their presentation, accompanied by either a signed NCRA submission form or letter signed by a representative of the host event.
Providing pro Bono Services (Judicial, CART, Captioning)
Pro Bono Services are defined by the Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters (CAPR) as “providing court reporting, realtime, CART, or captioning services for which compensation in any form was not rendered.” In practice, this can include any variety of services, such as providing CART services for a deaf consumer at a meeting or church service or taking depositions for litigants who could not afford reporting services. Specifically, 0.25 credit will be awarded for a minimum of 2.5 hours of pro bono service, of which 30 minutes can be the preparation involved. Services for two one-hour events plus 30 minutes of preparation, for example, can be combined for one submission. The preparation time will be accounted for on the honor system. Members will submit an NCRA form along with the processing fee when requesting the credits. The form must be signed by either the deaf consumer or the host of the event for which the pro bono services were performed.
Service on an NCRA, NCRF, or affiliate board or committee
Members will receive .25 Professional Development Credits per year of service on an NCRA, NCRF, or state court reporting association board or committee. Service on a board or committee of the United States Court Reporting Association (USCRA) also qualifies for this category. Members will submit an NCRA form along with the processing fee when requesting the credits, and the year of service must be completed prior to submission (with the exception of this first year, in which the service must be completed after October 1, 2011). A cross check with NCRA or NCRF board and committee rosters will provide sufficient documentation for the national service. For affiliate service and USCRA service, the state and USCRA boards will be required to maintain those records and verify a member’s service with a signature from the state or USCRA board president.
Involvement in a Formal Mentoring Program
To qualify for Professional Development Credits, mentoring must take place with students enrolled in a school. A minimum of five (5) hours will be required for earning the .25 credits, and those hours can either be divided up among multiple students or can all be spent with the same student. A mentor may submit the same student up to two times per cycle (for a total of 10 hours and 0.5 credits), if they have an extended relationship.
Reporters who host students completing their internships will also be entitled to earn credits. Internship reporters are assigned by the school the students are attending, and the students typically fill out logs of time spent. To earn Professional Development Credits, the reporter will also be required to fill out NCRA’s mentor form and can then submit a copy of the internship log at the end of the internship period.Mentoring relationships must be completed during the member’s three-year cycle.
Serving as Lead Chief Examiner at NCRA testing sites
Members will receive .25 Professional Development Credits for spending a year serving as an NCRA Lead Chief Examiner. Members will submit an NCRA form along with the $40 processing fee when requesting the credits, and documentation will be verified with a cross check of NCRA's master roster of chief examiners' names.
In order to serve as an NCRA Chief Examiner, you must be a member of NCRA in good standing and preferably hold an NCRA credential. Additional requirements include the ability to maintain strict confidentiality and security, adherence to NCRA policies and procedures, and administration of the exams at a suitable testing facility.
Continuing Education Fee FAQ
Please read our Continuing Education Fee FAQ.