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, 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. More Information…
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.
- Recipes for Success for Court Reporting Firms: Lessons from NCRA's 2013 Firm Owners' Economic Benchmark Survey. Please join Jim Cudahy as he shares the benchmark survey that identifies new and emerging trends in the court reporting industry. 0.10 CEUs. Register here!
- Court Reporters and HIPAA. Concerned about becoming HIPAA Compliant? This e-seminar will go over the basics of how HIPAA affects you and how to become compliant. Jon Moretti and Joe Dylewski originally presented to our Firm Owners in January 2014. We wanted to bring them back to broadcast this important information to our membership. 0.10 CEUs. Register here!
- How to be Mindful in a Mindless World. Six common sense steps to more inner peace! This empowering 90 minute course will provide participants with self-awareness strategies for more mindful, conscious living. 0.15 CEUs. Register here!
- Troubleshooting for Remote CART. Two experts will give you tips on what to do in those stressful situations when you hit a snag. They will share with you things you should have in your toolbox both at home and on-site to help you get out of that jam, or prevent it from happening in the first place. 0.15 CEUs. Register here! This e-seminar is proudly sponsored by NCRA's CART Community of Interest (CoI).
- An Introduction to Grassroots Lobbying. This e-seminar, provided by NCRA's Government Relations Team, provides a baseline understanding of how to effectively create a grassroots lobbying campaign at the state or the federal level. In this day and age, you must incorporate grassroots efforts into your overall legislative strategy to ensure that you are successful. This session will give you a baseline understanding of grassroots campaigns as well as tips for better communicating with decision-makers. 0.10 CEUs. Register here!
- Up Close and Personal - Job Stress and Vicarious Trauma. Working in systems that involve traumatized individuals and details of their experiences, whether in criminal or civil court cases, can be stressful for Court Reporters. Working closely with traumatized individuals results in second-hand exposure which multiplies case after case, client after client causing stress to a Court Reporter. Vicarious trauma and job stress is an occupational hazard for the reporter and may affect an individual in profound ways. Please join us for this workshop to examine the indicators of vicarious trauma and job stress and learn how to build the necessary coping skills to minimize stress and trauma in the workplace. 0.15 CEUs. 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…
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 2014-2015 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 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, 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.