What is the CRC?
The Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) is NCRA's foundational certification designed for entry-level captioners who would like to begin working in the broadcast or CART captioning fields.
Prove you're on the cutting edge. Become a Certified Realtime Captioner and take advantage of the growing number of opportunities becoming available to realtime captioners. As one of the top national programs that certifies your ability in realtime captioning, attaining the CRC designation commands instant respect and the immediate attention of potential employers.
Who is eligible to sit for the CRC exam?
Candidates must be current or aspiring stenographic reporters or captioners in order to take the CRC exam. Candidates do not need to be a member of NCRA to sit for the exam. However, candidates who fulfill all requirements and wishing to use the CRC credential must become members.
How you maintain your CRC certification
You will need to maintain your CRC by participating in NCRA's Continuing Education program. 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 CRC, you will receive an official NCRA certificate to display in your home or office. Your CRC also gets you recognition in the Journal of Court Reporting, the NCRA Sourcebook, and on NCRA's website.
Candidates who hold another NCRA certification will receive .25 PDCs for passing the CRC WKT.
- Attend the CRC Workshop, available as an on-demand e-seminar.
- Take the CRC online skills test (literary matter at 180 wpm).
- Take the written knowledge test (50 questions).
NOTE: The skills test and the written knowledge test can be taken in any order.
The CRC Workshop is 10-and-a-half hours of online captioning education. This workshop helps prepare candidates for the CRC Written Knowledge Test (WKT), and thus should be taken prior to taking the WKT.
Online Skills Test
You have to pass a five-minute realtime Literary Skills Test (SKT) at 180 wpm with 96 percent accuracy.
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Written Knowledge Test
The Written Knowledge Test, or WKT, is a 50-question, multiple-choice test that focuses on areas that come from the CRC Job Analysis:
- Writing realtime (20%)
- Language skills (15%)
- The Broadcast captioning environment (25%)
- The CART captioning environment (30%)
- Research (10%)
You must pass with a score of 70% or higher.
All candidates are required to read Written Knowledge Test information prior to registering and taking their test. Please be sure to review the CRC Job Analysis.