Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI)

Certified Reporting Instructor


What is CRI?

The Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) program for teachers of court reporting encourages excellence in the educational programs that prepare tomorrow’s court reporters. Become Certified Reporting Instructor and take advantage of the growing opportunities available to teach court reporting.


Who is eligible to sit for the CRI certification?

Current or aspiring court reporting educators. Candidates do not need to hold any other certification or be a member of NCRA to take the CRI Exam.



CRI certification requirements

CRI Education

The online CRI education is required for all CRI candidates. This program will expand your level of knowledge for becoming a more effective realtime reporting instructor. You must pass with a score of 80 or better.

In the five-week online asynchronous course, you will have an opportunity to:

  • learn about successful teaching methods and communication with students
  • gain insight into the learning process and development of a court reporting course
  • interact through demonstration of classroom management and court reporting instruction

Class Dates: TBD

Price:     Member $489.99                
               Nonmember $565.99  
Textbook ($89.99) is included in the registration price.

Total CEU 1.0

Written Knowledge Test

The RPR Written Knowledge Test is required for all CRI candidates.  If the test has already been taken, it is only eligible for use if less than seven years old. The RPR Written Knowledge Test which is a 120*- question, multiple-choice test that focuses on three areas that come from the RPR Job Analysis:

  • Technology and Innovation (43%)
  • Industry Practices (34%)
  • NCRA, Professionalism, and Ethics (23%)

You must pass with a scaled score** of 70 or better.

* In order to provide candidates with a valid and reliable test, NCRA has started to pretest items for the RPR Written Knowledge Test.

After successful completion of the CRI Education and RPR WKT, the candidate is granted the CRI designation, effective for three years from the date of completion of the last requirement.


How to maintain your CRI certification

Candidates who wish to use the CRI credential must be a current member of NCRA. Those who are not current members must become an Associate member of NCRA within 30 days of passing all CRI requirements. As a CRI, you will participate in NCRA's continuing education program. To renew your CRI, 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 certification, you will be able to log in to your NCRA account and print your newly earned certificate to proudly display in your home or office. Your certification also gets recognition in the Journal of Court Reporting and on NCRA's website. NCRA membership also includes a complimentary listing in NCRA PROLink.