Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC)

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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.


Register for Skills Tests
Register for Written Knowledge Test (WKT)

Certified Realtime Captioner

In recent years, there has been an increased demand in captioning training. To meet that demand, NCRA has developed the Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification and workshop. With the transition to this format, members will now be able to receive captioning training as well as resources they need to transition to captioning.  The ultimate goal is not only to certify more individuals but also provide the tools necessary to be successful in the field.

Who is eligible to sit for the CRC exam?

Candidates must be current or aspiring stenographic (broadcast, CART, or judicial) reporters in order to take the CRC. 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.

What are the steps to earning the CRC?

  1. Attend the CRC Workshop, available as an on-demand e-seminar.
  2. Take the CRC online skills test (literary matter at 180 wpm).
  3. Take the written knowledge test (50 questions).

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. You will also be recognized in the Journal of Court Reporting, the Court Reporter Sourcebook, and on NCRA's website.

Candidates who hold another NCRA certification will receive .25 PDCs for passing the CRC WKT.

Online Skills Test Registration

Register selecting "attempt 1" if you have not yet taken an test this quarter; "attempt 2" if you have already taken "attempt 1" for this quarter; and "attempt 3" if you have already taken "attempt 1" and "attempt 2" for this quarter.

Once you register for an exam, you will receive a confirmation email from Realtime Coach within three business days. Your confirmation email will contain scheduling information for your exam. All exams must be scheduled and taken within 30 days of your confirmation email. Please remember to wait until you receive this confirmation to schedule your exam. You must schedule all exams 72 hours in advance. If you do not receive an email confirmation within three days of your registration please contact testing@ncra.org.

Thank you and good luck on your exam!

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Register for the CRC Online Skills Test

Use the links below to register for an attempt of the CRC Online Skills Test.

All candidates are required to read Online Skills Test information prior to registering and taking their test.

CRC Skills Exam Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3

Written Knowledge Test registration

IMPORTANT: Before you register for the Written Knowledge Test, please make sure that your FIRST and LAST names on your picture ID are exactly the same as your NCRA record. You will not be able to enter the testing center if the names don't match exactly (They do not check middle names).


All candidates are required to read Written Knowledge Test information prior to registering and taking their test. Please refer to the CRC Job Analysis for a breakdown of what the Written Knowledge Test covers.

Written Knowledge Test schedule

  • April 9-23, 2019 (Registration opens March 1-31, 2019)
  • October 8-22, 2019 (Registration opens September 1-30, 2019)