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Certified Realtime Captioner


Prove you're on the cutting edge. Become a Certified Realtime Captioner and take advantage of the growing number of opportunities becoming available to realtime captioners. As one of the top national programs that certifies your ability in realtime captioning, attaining the CRC designation commands instant respect and the immediate attention of potential employers.

Creating the Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC)

In recent years, there has been an increased demand in captioning training. To meet that demand, NCRA has developed the new Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification and workshop. With the transition to this format, members will now be able to receive captioning training as well as resources they need to transition to captioning. This program has been designed to complement the TRAIN program and increase realtime proficiency. The ultimate goal is not only to certify more individuals but also provide the tools necessary to be successful in the field.

Current CBC or CCP certification holders

To ensure consistency in the marketplace and eliminate confusion, all CBCs and CCPs were transitioned to CRC status on January 1, 2016. 

Who is eligible to sit for the CRC Exam?

Canidates must be current or aspiring stenographic (broadcast, CART, or judicial) reporters in order to take the CRC. Candidates do not need to be a member of NCRA to sit for the exam.

What are the steps to earning the CRC if not previously a CBC, CCP (or a CRR who tested prior to 2011*)?

  1. Attend the CRC Workshop, available as an on-demand e-seminar.
  2. Take the CRC online skills test (literary matter at 180 wpm).
  3. Take the written knowledge test (50 questions).

Note: The workshop, skills test, and written knowledge test can be taken in any order. Please visit the CRC Testing Information page to register.

*Candidates who passed the Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) test prior to 2011

Prior to November 2011, the CBC, CCP, and CRR Skills Tests were the same - five minutes of literary matter at 180 wpm. In November 2011, the CRR changed to a two-voice testimony test at 200 wpm. Anyone who passed the CRR prior to November 2011 does not need to take the CBC and/or CCP and/or CRC (Certified Realtime Captioner) Skills Test because they are the same test format. Anyone who passed the CRR on or after November 2011 will need to take the CRC Skills Test, CRC workshop, and pass the written exam to become CRC certified.
This exception to use the CRR skills test history towards earning the CRC expires December 31, 2017. Any CRC candidate who has not fully earned the certification by December 31, 2017, will be required to pass the CRC skills exam, regardless of prior testing history. 

How you maintain your CRC Certification

You will need to maintain your CRC by participating in NCRA's Continuing Education program. You must maintain your NCRA membership and earn a minimum of 3.0 CEUs over a three-year period.

Recognition of your achievement

After you have earned your CRC you will receive a handsome certificate to display in your home or office. You will also be recognized in the Journal of Court Reporting, the Court Reporter Sourcebook, and on NCRA's website.

You will also receive .25 PDCs for passing the CRC Exam.

CRC Job Analysis and references

The CRC Job Analysis explains the relevant job experience, practice domains and tasks, and underlying knowledge and skills.