Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS)


Certified Legal Video Specialist


What is CLVS?

The Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) is designed for legal videographers to showcase proficiency in video deposition practices.  The 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.



Who is eligible for the CLVS certification?

Videographers who wish to develop proficiency in legal video deposition practices.


I would encourage others to earn the CLVS certification because you never know when you may need the skills, even if you are primarily still reporting.

Deborah Alvino, RPR, CRR, CLVS, CRC

CLVS testing information

The following are the THREE components of CLVS testing. 


Number 1 (CLVS Education workshop) is mandatory and MUST be taken FIRST.




CLVS Education

Mandatory Certification Education (Online)


Member: $350
Nonmember: $450

CLVS Education

This seminar is mandatory and is comprised of seven modules that cover the knowledge you need to record depositions with confidence.

Register for CLVS education


Number 2 (Production Exam) and number 3 (WKT) may be taken in any order.





Registration OPEN for CLVS Hands-on training and Production exam!

  • Hands-on training: Thursday, May 2 1-4 p.m. Limited slots available.(afternoon)
  • Production exam: Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. (morning and afternoon)



CLVS Production exam and Hands-on training

Exam location: NCRA Headquarters, Reston, Virginia.


Member: $325
Nonmember: $425

Hands-on Training (optional)

Member: $200
Nonmember: $300

Production Exam

The production exam is administered two times a year: spring and fall (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.

Candidates who already hold another NCRA certification will earn 0.25 PDC after passing either the Written Knowledge Test or the Production Exam.





CLVS Written Knowledge Test (WKT)

Test online through Pearson VUE

Visit NCRA.org/WKT for pricing information

Written Knowledge Test

The Written Knowledge Test (WKT) is a 120*-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 score of 70 or better.

* Pretesting ensures that all items on an examination are items with good statistics and no brand-new, untried items will appear on any examination. This means that the examinations will have 120 items instead of 100 items. These items will not be scored, so the exams are still based off of 100 points. Candidates will not know which items are pretest items. Candidates have 110 minutes to complete all items on the test.

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.



How to maintain your CLVS certification

As an CLVS, you'll participate in NCRA's continuing education program. All CLVSs must maintain either continuous membership or annual payment of CLVS fees in order to maintain their certifications.


I. Continuing Education requirement

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 may earn .25 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) towards the 1.0 CEUs required for their cycle. Please check your cycle transcript to view your continuing education record for this cycle.




II. Membership requirement

CLVS certification is maintained with the one of the following annual renewals:

You do not need your renewal form to renew over the phone. A Member Services and Information Center Specialist will be happy to assist you. NCRA hours are 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday.

Please note that only NCRA members are listed in the online NCRA PROLink directory.


Why should a CLVS join NCRA? Learn about the benefits

When you join NCRA, you will gain access to a robust court reporting network that will provide you the ability to dramatically improve your business. Through NCRA events, listings, and resources, your membership status will elevate you within the NCRA community by increasing your referral network and providing you with the exposure you need to gain a competitive edge over nonmembers and uncertified videographers.

Join today

$85 per year
$179 per year
Free basic listing as a CLVS in the online NCRA PROLink*   X
Access to upgraded listing options in both the digital ebook and online NCRA PROLink   X
Authorized use of the CLVS logo on the certification holder’s marketing materials* X X
Authorized use of the CLVS designation following the certification holder’s name* X X
Reduced pricing in the NCRA Store X
Reduced pricing for select NCRA events and education offerings X
Access to NCRA’s online educational catalog X X
Authorized use of the NCRA member logo on the member’s marketing materials   X
Subscription to the Journal of Court Reporting (contains special legal video content)   X
Subscription to the JCR Weekly, a news publication for the reporting, captioning,and legal video professions   X
Access to group rates for errors & omissions insurance as well as personal liability insurance   X
Access to members-only sections of the NCRA website   X

*CLVS prospects may join NCRA prior to becoming certified. However, they will not enjoy these particular benefits until all components of the CLVS certification have been successfully completed.



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.



CLVS Code of Ethics


The mandatory Code of Professional Ethics for Certified Legal Video Services (CLVS) defines the ethical relationship the public, the bench, and the bar have a right to expect from a CLVS Member. The Code sets out the conduct of the CLVS Member when dealing with the user of video services and acquaints the user, as well as the Member, with guidelines established for professional behavior. By complying with the CLVS Code of Professional Ethics, CLVS Members maintain their profession at the highest level.

A CLVS Member must also adhere to the voluntary Principles for Professional Practice when providing legal video services as well as all local, state and federal rules and statutes.

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