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Master Certified Reporting Instructor (MCRI)

A Master Certified Reporting Instructor (MCRI) is one who has received the highest honor the court reporting education profession has to bestow. MCRI certification is a badge of merit, declaring that an instructor is highly accomplished, having met rigorous professional teaching standards by completing a multi-phase, performance-based assessment process.

Instructors are recognized for their knowledge of court reporting, understanding of learning processes, demonstrated classroom expertise, and contributions to the profession. Master Certified Reporting Instructors will serve as role models and spokespeople for court reporting education in its ongoing quest to offer rigorous, quality instruction for preparing court reporting professionals.

The Master Certified Reporting Instructor program is comprised of four phases:

Phase One: Candidacy

Instructors who wish to pursue the Master Certified Reporting Instructor program must declare candidacy by submitting a completed application form (by April 1 or November 1) of each year and the $100 MCRI application fee. Applicants for MCRI candidacy must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree (in any field).
  • Possess a current Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) certificate including current membership in NCRA.
  • Be currently teaching courses in a court reporting program.
  • Have five years' experience teaching courses in a court reporting program.
  • Write a 300-word essay on "My Philosophy of Education."
  • Provide evidence of professional and community involvement (not limited to court reporting education).

The application including the essay on "My Philosophy of Education" will be evaluated by the Teacher Certification Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

Phase Two: Professional Portfolio Development

The purpose of this phase is to compile a professional portfolio within one year after admission to candidacy. This portfolio will be evaluated in Phase Three. A table of contents and complete documentation is essential for this portfolio assessment. The professional portfolio should be divided into the four sections listed below.

This phase provides each candidate an opportunity to highlight achievements over the years while emphasizing more recent accomplishments. The portfolio should indicate a pattern of long-term continuous professional development, but most of the evidence should be for activities within the last five (5) years. The items marked with an asterisk (*) must be documented; the other items are optional.

I. Superior Teaching*

  • Student evaluations.*
  • Administration/peer evaluations.*
  • Alumni evaluations.*
  • Video of teaching.* The video should include 45 to 90 minutes of instruction. The course syllabus, lesson plans, and the evaluation procedure/instrument relating to the 45 to 90 minutes of instruction must be submitted.
  • Presentation of critiques or evaluation forms.
  • Honors and awards received relating to superior teaching.

II. Court Reporting Knowledge*

The MCRI candidate will be asked to provide evidence of activities in any of the following areas:

  • Articles published.
  • Documentation of RPR status.
  • Professional presentations given.
  • Transcript of courses completed.
  • Bibliography of textbooks/educational materials published.
  • Seminars attended.

III. Teaching Pedagogy/Learning Processes Knowledge*

The MCRI candidate must provide evidence that two of the four items marked with a star below have been met:

  • Seminars attended (e.g., higher level CRI continuing education seminars).
  • Understanding research, applying research, conducting research.
  • Articles published.
  • Professional presentations given.
  • Transcript of courses completed.
  • Development of publishable educational materials.

IV. Professional/Community Service*

  • Membership/participation (within the institution, state, and nationally); offices held; honors and awards received.
  • Presentations given.

Phase Three: Evaluation & Assessment

During Phase Three, the knowledge and activities of the Master Certified Reporting Instructor candidate will be evaluated.  This assures that the candidate has met the requirements and demonstrates the rigorous professional qualities expected of an MCRI.  This is the "quality assurance" phase of the program.

Candidates will complete, with a minimum of 70 percent, the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Written Knowledge Test and the Master Certified Reporting Instructor Written Knowledge Test.  The RPR tests knowledge needed to be a competent court reporter; the MCRI exam assesses knowledge of learning and instructional processes.

Candidates may register for and complete the RPR and/or MCRI examinations after becoming a candidate and before completing the requirements for Phase Two if they so desire.  They may also complete the exams while in Phase Three.  The NCRA written knowledge and skills tests are being offered on separate days and at separate testing centers.  Please visit NCRA’s Online Certification Center for more information.  The MCRI exam will be administered at the CASE Teachers’ Workshop (October).  There will be no fee for sitting for the MCRI Written Knowledge Test.

The portfolio completed in Phase Two will be submitted to NCRA headquarters. The portfolio will be evaluated by the Teacher Certification Committee using a portfolio evaluation checklist.

Upon successful completion of the RPR and MCRI written examinations and presentation of an acceptable portfolio, the candidate will become a Master Certified Reporting Instructor.

The certification is valid for three years during which time the MCRI will meet the continuing education requirements to assure renewal of the MCRI certification.

Phase Four: Maintaining the MCRI

The Master Certified Reporting Instructor has been recognized and honored for demonstrating excellence and leadership in court reporting instruction. MCRIs have exhibited knowledge of court reporting, an understanding of learning processes, excellent classroom practices, and a willingness to share their expertise with the court reporting profession. MCRIs will continue to demonstrate that they are the elite, distinguished court reporting educators, and this meritorious award of excellence will be maintained in Phase Four.

In addition to the maintenance of the Certified Reporting Instructor credential, a current curriculum vitae must be submitted by June 1 of the year the MCRI is due to expire. The curriculum vitae shall include the following:

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness through evaluations by former students, peers, administrators, alumni, etc.
  • Creative endeavors including research related to the profession and/or published articles and books.
  • Service and commitment to the profession consisting of presentations at professional meetings, membership on committees, and/or leadership roles in professional associations.
  • Evidence of coursework leading to a master's degree. If the individual has a master's degree, the courses should lead to the instructor's own professional development goal such as liberal arts courses, or courses leading to another degree.

For further information on the MCRI program, please email NCRA's Member Services and Information Center at or call 1-800/272-NCRA (6272).