Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS)
What is CLVS?
The Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) program sets and enforces standards for competency in the capture, utilization, and retention of legal video and promotes awareness of these standards within the legal marketplace. Legal videographers partner with court reporters to ensure the integrity of both the video of legal proceedings and the official transcript.
CLVS Certification Process
There are three steps required for certification:
|1. CLVS Legal Environment Seminar||Three day in-person seminar – Fri., Sat., Sun.||$885||$985|
|2. CLVS Production Examination||In-person test||$325||$425|
|3. CLVS Written Knowledge Test (WKT)||Test at your closest Pearson Vue center||$185||$210|
Note: The CLVS Seminar must be taken before the production exam or the WKT. Steps 1 (CLVS Seminar) and 2 (Production Exam) cannot typically be taken on consecutive days, unless the candidate has applied and been approved for the experieced track. Steps 2 (Production Exam) and 3 (WKT) may be taken in any order.
Alternate: Experienced Track
If you have sufficient legal videography and deposition taking experience and wish to take the seminar and production exam concurrently, you will need to submit an experienced track evaluation form and the CLVS Council will review your application within 3-5 business days. Click here for the Application Form.
|1. CLVS Legal Environment Seminar||One day in-person seminar – Sat. only||$555||$655|
|2. CLVS Production Examination||Next day – Sun. only||$325||$425|
|3. CLVS Written Knowledge Test||Test at your closest Pearson Vue center||$185||$210|
The 3-day CLVS Seminar will set you on your way to recording depositions with confidence. This program is led by some of the best and brightest in the legal video profession, who also comprise the CLVS Council.
CLVS Seminar Schedule
Late Summer 2017
|Date||August 10-13, 2017|
2017 NCRA Convention & Expo
|CLVS Seminar Fees||
Member: $885 / Nonmember: $985
1 Day Seminar (Mandatory Day - Saturday)
Member: $555 / Nonmember: $655
CLVS Written Knowledge Test
The Written Knowledge Test (WKT) is a 115*-question, multiple-choice test that focuses on the areas that come from the CLVS Job Analysis:
- Videotape recording production (45%)
- Post production (15%)
- Legal and judicial procedures (25%)
- Office procedures and operating practices (10%)
- Professional development (5%)
You must pass with a scaled score of 70 or better.
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.
Written Knowledge Test Schedule
- April 8-20, 2017 (Registration period: March 1-31, 2017)
- July 8-20, 2017 (Registration period: June 1-30, 2017)
- October 7-19, 2017 (Registration period: September 1-30, 2017)
The production test is administered two to three times a year: early spring, late summer and early winter (depending on interest). 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.
Experienced Legal Videographer?
If you're already an experienced legal videographer, you may apply for the Experienced Track. Upon application approval, this track allows the candidate to attend the CLVS Seminar on the Mandatory Day (Saturday) and then take the Production Exam on Sunday.
Production Exam Schedule
|Date||August 11, 12, 13|
NCRA Convention & Expo
Open 5/15/17 - 7/14/17
Maintaining Your CLVS Certification
As an CLVS, you'll participate in NCRA's continuing education program.
- As a CLVS, you will 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.
- CLVS are NOT eligible for Professional Development Credits (PDCs). Learn more about the difference between CEUs and PDCs here.
- CLVS certification is maintained with the one of the following annual renewals:
*Written Knowledge Tests have 115 questions but only 100 are used to calculate a candidate's official score. The other 15 questions are new questions that are being tested to capture metrics on their validity.
Once an attendee has completed the CLVS Seminar, he or she retains the seminar requirement indefinitely.
CLVS Written Knowledge Test and CLVS Production Exam
Candidates must pass both the CLVS Written Knowledge Test and the CLVS Production Exam in any order to become certified. Once a CLVS candidate has successfully completed either exam with a passing score, that score will remain valid for three years from the date of the exam. Should three years elapse from the date of the first exam without the candidate successfully completing the other exam with a passing score and thereby becoming certified, the first exam score will become invalid.