Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI)

Certified Reporting Instructor


The Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) program for teachers of court reporting encourages excellence in the educational programs that prepare tomorrow’s court reporters.


This course is restricted to educators, administrators, and reporters. After attending the Orientation and successfully completing the required assignments, candidates must become a NCRA member prior to being granted the CRI designation.

CRI certification requirements

The individual must attend a NCRA Council on Approved Student Education–sponsored CRI Orientation.

Required for all CRI candidates, this program will expand your level of knowledge for becoming a more effective realtime reporting instructor. In 13 hours of intensive, interactive instruction, you will:

  • have an opportunity to learn about successful teaching methods and communication with students
  • gain insight into the learning process and development of course syllabi and lesson plans
  • interact through role play of various classroom scenarios

After participation in the Orientation and successful completion of the assignments, the candidate is granted the CRI designation, effective for three years from the date of completion of the seminar.

All assignments must be completed by the deadline or not later than six months from the class date, if granted an extension.

Note: The CRI Orientation is being revamped from an in-person program to an online program in our Learning Center. It is anticipated that the first online class will be offered in early 2024.  Please watch for an announcement in the JCR Weekly or check back on this site for future dates.

For further information about the CRI, please email Cynthia Bruce, Senior Director at cbruce@ncra.org.

Continuing education

As in most dynamic professions, continuing education is the lifeblood of survival and competence. During the three years of certification, the CRI must maintain NCRA membership and must participate in continuing education to retain the CRI status. That is, the CRI must earn 3.0 CEUs within the three years.

Master Certified Reporting Instructor (MCRI)

The MCRI is no longer being offered. However, members can still hold the designation. A 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.