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. For examples, click here.
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. More Information…
3/27/14: 4:00-5:30 pm EST: Transitioning to Broadcast Captioning - Your New Career Awaits! Please join two veteran captioners and trainers - Steve Clark and Darlene Parker for this exciting webinar to learn what it takes to transition from court reporting into the exciting world of broadcast captioning. 0.15 CEUs. Register here! This webinar is proudly sponsored by the NCRA Captioning Community of Interest (CoI).
4/3/14: 8:00-9:30 pm EST: It's all about the budget...really! Defense of steno reporting in Iowa 2008-2011. Please join us to learn how Iowa court reporters and their lobbyist responded and successfulyy defended the profession of steno reporting in Iowa Courts! 0.15 CEUs. Register here! This webinar is proudly sponsored by the NCRA Officials Community of Interest (CoI).
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.
Brief Addiction - Part 1: Turning Key Strokes into Dollars! Finally an addiction that's actually good for you! If you're not addicted to briefs yet, you will be when this webinar is complete! Please join us for Part One of this two-part series on briefs. Register here. 0.15 CEUs.
- Brief Addiction - Part 2: Unbox Your Brain! Join us for Part Two of Kathy Zebert's brief series to unbox the magic inside your brain and feed your new healthy brief addicition! Register here. 0.15 CEUs.
- Do You Have Game? You don't have to be an athlete to get into this game. If you're a captioner who's been sitting on the sidelines because you don't know a lot about sports, you're intimidated by all of the names or you just don't know where to start to make that transition, join Amy Bowlen for a glimpse into this already vast and still growing area of sports captioning. Register here. 0.15 CEUs.
- Think Change: How to Transform Anything with Your Thoughts - Part One. Join us for Part One in a series designed to empower individuals to take charge of negative, pointless, habitual thoughts, reduce stress and start thinking like a winner! Register here. 0.15 CEUs.
- Top Productivity Gadgets. This webinar will focus on gadgets to boost your productivity in the courtroom and beyond! Join Lynette Mueller as she discusses her top go-to products that help with her court reporting business and productivity overall. Register here. 0.10 CEUs.
- Think Change: How to Transform Anything with Your Thoughts - Part Two. Join us for Part Two in a series designed to empower individuals to take charge of negative, pointless, habitual thoughts, reduce stress and start thinking like a winner! Register here. 0.15 CEUs.
- CART Captioners and Confidentiality - Before, During and After the Job. Join members of NCRA's CART Community of Interest for a candid discussion on the need for confidentiality and ethics. Register here. 0.15 CEUs
- You Really Can Have Fun Captioning Sports and Entertainment Programs. Join two veteran captioners and trainers to learn how to build the skills necessary to caption sports and entertainment programming. You will also learn how to harness your natural motivation and existing skills as an excellent writer so that you can learn new material easily -- and have fun doing it! Register here. 0.15 CEUs.
- Effective Web Search for Legal Professionals -- Part One. Join us for part one of this two part series on searching effectively on Google! You're buried in pages and burning the midnight oil. Do you really have time to teach yourself Google search tools? After all, don't you just type the word(s) into the box, hit enter and you're on your way? Text, images, case law, dictionaries, private and wildcard searching; there's more to Google search than you know! What's in YOUR Google Search? 0.15 CEUs. Click here to register today!
- Effective Web Search for Legal Professionals -- Part Two. Join us for part two on searching effectively on Google! You will leave this webinar equipped with powerful search techniques. Watch your results transform from overwhelming to manageable as you become a fast and efficient power searcher. Set yourself apart and be on the digital cutting edge in your production-driven environment. What's in YOUR Google Search? 0.10 CEUs. Click here to register today!
- CART in the Courtroom: Official Reporter or Interpreter? Topics for this webinar will include the need for the CART provider to act as an interpreter and not as an official court reporter, identifying consumers of CART services and the settings in the courthouse in which CART services can take place, security issues, equipment needed, timeline for requesting CART services, how consumers request CART services, and working with court administrators to establish official policies and procedures and formula of compensation to the CART provider. This webinar is proudly sponsored by the NCRA CART Community of Interest. 0.15 CEUs. Click here to register today!
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…
NCRA Pre-Approved Seminars/Events – State Associations/Third Party Vendors
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 2014 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…
- 0.25 PDC for each test.
- 0.25 PDC for each test.
- 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 Practical Test-Part II - 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 profesisonal 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. More Information…
- 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, correspondence courses, or CLEP exams
- 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.
NCRA currently offers book and article tests, and members will earn Professional Development Credits for successfully passing – or writing – a qualifying book or article test under the new continuing education requirements (earning .25 credits per submission after October 1). But the Association 101 exam will be a new offering beginning in October. Following a year of state or national board service, members may download the Association 101 manual from NCRA’s website, study it, and then take a 50-question, open-book exam using the manual as the reference. The grading and processing fee to download the test (and to record the credits, if you pass the exam) is $25. A passing grade is 80% or 10 incorrect answers, and you will be notified of the pass/fail after the exam has been graded. A member may only earn credits for the Association 101 exam once in his or her lifetime, but you may take it once per year until you have passed.