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 Program Rules.
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.
The Perfect PC
Please join Pam Szczecinski on May 2nd at 6 p.m. EST to learn what makes a perfect personal computer. Is there such a thing? For reporters, this choice is almost as important as the steno writer. 0.15 CEU. Register here
What Reporters Must Know about Punctuation
Please join Santo "Joe" Aurelio, E.d., FAPR, RDR on July 12th at 6 p.m. EST to for an in-depth look at sentence structure and punctuation. 0.15 CEU. Register here
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.
- English Grammar Gremlins: Ways to Conquer Them Many speakers and writers will use the wrong word when they speak and write. This session offers a refresher course to help attendees correct these errors. This e-seminar will embrace commonsense ways for attendees to learn and remember how to always speak and write using the correct word. Register here
- Data Backup Solutions and Practices Please join Daniel Bistany on February 23rd at 5:30 p.m. EST to learn best practices for protecting your data. 0.1 CEU. Register here
- Lighting Your Fire! – Sparking Your Inner Motivation and Potential Please join Lynette Eggers on January 26th at 7:00pm to learn how to understand how personal growth really works and how you can develop yourself to become a more effective and fulfilled individual. 0.1 CEU. Register here
- Transitioning from Court Reporting to Captioning Please join Stephen Clark and Chase Frazier on January 24th at 6:30pm as they discuss transitioning from court reporting to captioning. 0.15 CEU. Register here
- Communicate with Power and Influence Please join Lynette Eggers on January 18th at 7:00pm to learn how to build good relationships by effective communication. 0.1 CEU. Register here
- The Leader's Journey: From Mindset to Impact Please join Lynette Eggers on January 9th at 7pm to learn how to effectively take the lead in any situation. You can empower and influence others to live their best lives and work with you toward your desired goal, to the greater benefit of all involved. 0.1 CEU. Register here
- Setting up the audio chain for a deposition video Please join Steve Lubetkin on December 12th at 4pm for a step-by-step tutorial in setting up audio for a video deposition, including setting up microphones, connecting to a mixer, connecting the mixer to the camera, using the unity gain procedure to set volume, and making a side recording for the court reporter. 0.1 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 2017 pre-approved seminars for obtaining CEUs is now available! Click here.
External Activity Eligibility
Members can choose to take a course outside of NCRA events, approved events, or pre-qualified learning opportunities, but must request a determination of eligibility before taking the course. More information...
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
A minimum of five (5) hours of mentoring are required per .25 Professional Development Credits earned. Those hours can be divided up among multiple students or can be with the same student. A mentor may submit for the same student up to two times per cycle (for a total of 10 hours/.5 credits, if in an extended relationship. The mentoring relationships must be completed during the member's three-year cycle. Visit the NCRA's Virtual Mentor Program for more information.