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Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS)

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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: 



Cost (Member)

Cost (Nonmember)

1.  CLVS Education

1. Introduction to CLVS

2. Mandatory Certification Workshop (Online)          

3. Hands-on Training

Introducton - $150                   

Mandatory - $300

Hands-on - $200

Introducton - $250

Mandatory - $400

Hands-on - $300

2.  CLVS Production examination In-person Exam $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 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 only take the Mandatory Certification Workshop, here is a basic checklist of the minimum qualification criteria. You must be able to answer "Yes" to at least 3 of the 4 questions below: 

1) Do you consider yourself to be knowledgeable and proficient in the operation of all the video and audio equipment required to shoot a video deposition?

2) Are you well aquatinted with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that govern how a video deposition must be recorded?

3) Have you received one-on-one training directly from a CLVS? 

4) Have you shot at least 50 video depositions?



Cost (Member)

Cost (Nonmember)

1.  CLVS Legal Environment Seminar CLVS Mandatory Certification Workshop (Online) $300 $400
2.  CLVS Production Examination In-person exam $325 $425
3.  CLVS Written Knowledge Test Test at your closest Pearson Vue center $185 $210

CLVS Legal Environment seminar

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

1. Introduction to CLVS (Held at convention in August 2018 in New Orleans)

2. Mandatory Certification Workshop (Online)

3. Hands-on Training (Held at convention in August 2018 in New Orleans) 

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:

  • Pre-Production (19%)
  • Production (39%)
  • Post Production (28%)
  • Professional Practices (14%)

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.

IMPORTANT: Before you register for the Written Knowledge Test, please make sure that your FIRST and LAST names on your picture ID are exactly the same as your NCRA record.  You will not be able to enter the testing center if the names don't match (They do not check middle names).

You will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your test with Pearson Vue within three business days of your registration.  Please do not attempt to schedule before receiving the email.  If you do not receive the email within three business days, please contact us. 

Written Knowledge Test schedule

  • January 9-22, 2018 (Registration Period: December 1-31, 2017)
  • April 9-23, 2018 (Registration Period: March 1-31, 2018)
  • July 9-23, 2018 (Registration Period: June 1-30, 2018)
  • October 8-22, 2018 (Registration period: September 1-30, 2018)

 Click here to register


CLVS Production examination

The production exam 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 exam 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, and you have passed the written knowledge test, 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 exam, 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 Exam.

Production exam schedule

Date TBD
Location NCRA Headquarters



Member:  $325

Nonmember:  $425


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.

CLVS exam retention policy

CLVS seminar

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.