The CLVS Certification Process
*All dates above are tentative and may be subject to change.
3-Step Certification Process
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- Step 1 - Attend Video in the Legal Environment Seminar
- Step 2 - Pass the Written Knowledge *
- Step 3 - Pass the hands-on Production Examination *
*Note: As of January 2013, steps 2 and 3 may be taken in any order. If candidates wish to complete the Production Exam prior to the WKT, they may do so. However, step 1, the Seminar, MUST be completed first.
How long can you keep each step on your record? Learn more by reading the CLVS Exam Retention Policy.
Step 1: Complete the Video in the Legal Environment Seminar
This two-day seminar is held twice a year in the spring and fall at various locations across the country. The Seminar will set you on your way to video recording depositions and courtroom proceedings with confidence and skill and in accordance with accepted Rules of Civil Procedure. The next seminar opportunity will be held in conjunction with NCRA's TechCon event in Atlanta, GA.
This program is led by some of the best and brightest in the legal video profession, who also comprise the CLVS Council.
0.6 CEUs per day
Step 2: Complete the CLVS Written Knowledge Test
Successfully complete the CLVS written knowledge test, which is a 100-item multiple-choice test administered 4 times a year at testing sites across the nation. As of January 1, 2013, candidates no longer have to complete this step before moving to step 3, however, this exam MUST be completed to earn the CLVS certification. For more information about the written knowledge test, please visit the Certification Test Center. A Job Analysis describing the skills and abilities needed to pass this test is available to you in Adobe Acrobat format. 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.
Step 3: Complete the Production Examination
The production test is administered three to four times a year: spring and fall tests in conjunction with all Seminar/Forum events, at NCRA Headquarters in December, and at a regional location in June based on demand. 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.
How to Maintain Your CLVS Certification
- As an CLVS, you'll 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. PLEASE NOTE: CLVSs are NOT eligible for Professional Development Credits (PDCs). To understand the difference between CEUs and PDCs, visit our Continuing Education page.
- CLVS certification is maintained with the one of the following annual renewals:
Non-Members: $60 annually - 2015 CLVS Non-Member Renewal Form
Associate Members: Membership ($145) includes 2014 CLVS Renewal - 2015 NCRA Associate Membership and CLVS Renewal Form
Registered and Participating Members: Free. By renewing your membership you automatically renew your certification.