Ways to Earn Continuing Education
CEUs vs. PDCs
CEUs are awarded for class time. These may be taken online, in webinar or e-seminar format, or as in-person classes. There will usually be a lecture component for a CEU worthy program. The individual submitting the course for credit must be the student/participant. All other activities for which we grant units would be awarded PDCs. PDCs may not be applied to CLVS or reinstatement continuing education requirements. For examples, please visit our Continuing Education program rules.
Live webinars and e-seminars
Webinars and e-Seminars represent the most convenient way to earn CEUs when and where you need them.
Webinars are live presentations from industry professionals on various professional and industry-related topics, and e-seminars feature recorded video and downloadable handout materials and allow you to access the best presentations from past NCRA events and webinars. Learn more
NCRA meetings and events
NCRA holds a large number of educational events throughout the year from which members can earn continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain their NCRA certifications. Learn more
Attend conventions, conferences, webinars or workshops provided by a State Association/Third Party Vendor that have been pre-approved for CEUs by the NCRA.
The calendar of 2017 pre-approved seminars for obtaining CEUs is now available! Click here.
External activity eligibility
Members can choose to take a course outside of NCRA events, approved events, or pre-qualified learning opportunities, but must request a determination of eligibility before taking the course. Learn more
These are two- to three-page articles, which are followed by a short multiple-choice test. Some research may be required to answer the questions. The passing score on these tests is 75% and they are marked Pass or Fail. Each test may be taken only once pass or fail. Learn more
The Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters has developed a list of approved books for continuing education units. Each of these books has a 20-question short answer or multiple choice test. The passing score is 85%. Each test may be taken only once pass or fail. Learn more
NCRA certification testing
Members who pass the NCRA Skills Test or the Written Knowledge Test (WKT) portion of the RMR, RDR, CRR, CLVS (if already an RPR), CCP (if an RPR), or CBC (if an RPR) will earn Professional Development Credits (PDCs). Learn more
- Passing any skill portion of the RMR - 0.25 PDC
- Passing WKT portion of the RMR - 0.25 PDC
- Passing the RDR exam (WKT only) - 0.25 PDC
- Passing the CRR exam - 0.25 PDC
- Passing the CLVS Skills or WKT exams - 0.25 PDC
Speed and Realtime contests
All speed contests must be at or above the level of the RMR speeds in order to qualify for professional development credits. Credit for any speed contest leg will be awarded only once per three-year term. All realtime contests must be at or above 180 wpm straight matter, at 96% accuracy in order to qualify for credit. Credit for any realtime contest will be awarded only once per three-year term.
- Each leg of an NCRA speed contest - 0.25 PDC
- Each leg of a state speed contest or Award of Excellence - 0.25 PDC
- NCRA realtime contest - 0.25 PDC
- State realtime contest - 0.25 PDC
CEUs will only be awarded for college courses which cover the approved topic areas in Article III of the Continuing Education rules. In order to receive credit for a college course, a grade report or college transcript AND the course syllabus must be provided. All courses will be evaluated based on the core curriculum, depending on subject matter. All submissions must be accompanied by an evaluation fee. College courses taken for credit (Grade must be "C" or above).
- Each Semester Hour - 1.5 CEUs
- Each Trimester Hour - 1.4 CEUs
- Each Quarter Hour - 1.0 CEU
Audited college courses
- Each Semester Hour - 0.75 CEU
- Each Trimester Hour - 0.7 CEU
- Each Quarter Hour - 0.5 CEU
Adult education classes not taken for college credit
- 0.1 CEU for every contact hour
CPR and First Aid courses
CEUs will be awarded for CPR and First Aid courses conducted by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or any other organization that meets the Federal standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
- 0.1 CEU per hour, up to a maximum of 1.2 CEUs (Academic core)
Credits for either of these two classes may only be received once each three-year term.
Participate in the NCRF Oral Histories Program
NCRA members can help preserve history by transcribing pre-recorded interviews as well as live testimonials from American veterans, Holocaust survivors, and attorneys who have provided pro bono services through Legal Aid. Professional court reporters will earn 0.25 PDC for each transcription completed and can earn up to a maximum of 1.0 PDC during their three-year certification period. Please visit the NCRA Oral Histories Program for more information.
Promoting the profession to external audiences
PDCs can be earned for promoting the profession to external audiences. Examples of events that would satisfy this requirement include presentations at court reporting schools (as a guest speaker or career day participant), law schools, and judges’ associations. If a question arises as to whether an event qualifies, CAPR will review the request for approval. Members seeking Professional Development Credits must submit an outline or agenda of their presentation, accompanied by either a signed NCRA submission form or letter signed by a representative of the host event.
Providing pro bono services (judicial, CART, captioning)
Pro Bono Services are defined by the Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters (CAPR) as “providing court reporting, realtime, CART, or captioning services for which compensation in any form was not rendered.” In practice, this can include any variety of services, such as providing CART services for a deaf consumer at a meeting or church service or taking depositions for litigants who could not afford reporting services. Specifically, 0.25 PDC will be awarded for a minimum of 2.5 hours of pro bono service, of which 30 minutes can be the preparation involved. Services for two one-hour events plus 30 minutes of preparation, for example, can be combined for one submission. The preparation time will be accounted for on the honor system. Members will submit an NCRA form along with the processing fee when requesting the credits. The form must be signed by either the deaf consumer or the host of the event for which the pro bono services were performed.
Service on an NCRA, NCRF, or affiliate board or committee
Members will receive 0.25 Professional Development Credits per year of service on an NCRA, NCRF, or state court reporting association board or committee. Service on a board or committee of the United States Court Reporting Association (USCRA) also qualifies for this category. Members will submit an NCRA form along with the processing fee when requesting the credits, and the year of service must be completed prior to submission. A cross check with NCRA or NCRF board and committee rosters will provide sufficient documentation for national service. For affiliate service and USCRA service, the state and USCRA boards will be required to maintain those records and verify a member’s service with a signature from the state or USCRA board president.Involvement in a Formal Mentoring Program
Participation in a formal mentoring program
A minimum of five (5) hours of mentoring are required per 0.25 Professional Development Credits earned. Those hours can be divided up among multiple students or can be with the same student. A mentor may submit for the same student up to two times per cycle for a total of 10 hours/.5 credits, if in an extended relationship. The mentoring relationships must be completed during the member's three-year cycle. Visit the NCRA's Virtual Mentor Program for more information.