Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR)

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Prove you're on the cutting edge. Become a Certified Realtime Reporter and take advantage of the growing number of opportunities becoming available to realtime reporters. As one of the top national programs that certifies your ability in realtime, attaining the CRR designation commands instant respect and the immediate attention of potential employers.


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What is the CRR?

The Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) is NCRA’s realtime proficiency certification designed for those who want to demonstrate realtime competency, those looking for an additional salary increase, reporters who wish to market themselves better as realtime reporters.

CRR Certification Process

To earn your CRR, you must:

  • Hold the RPR and be a current member.
  • Must pass a realtime testimony skills test (200 wpm) with 96 percent accuracy.

Who is eligible to sit for the CRR Exam?

You must be a member in good standing of NCRA and a current RPR to register for the CRR.

What it takes to pass the CRR Exam

The CRR Exam consists of three steps:

  • Setting up and operating your equipment
  • Accurately writing realtime for five minutes at 96% accuracy from professionally recorded two-voice question-and-answer (Q&A) material at the speed of 200 words per minute.
  • Converting your file to an ASCII text file. You are only graded on your final submitted text file.

How you maintain your CRR Certification

You will need to maintain your CRR 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. These are the same 3.0 CEUs needed to maintain your RPR.

Recognition of your achievement

After you have earned your CRR you will receive a handsome 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 Web site.

You will also receive .25 PDCs for passing the CRR Exam.

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 CRR Online Skills Test

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

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

CRR Skills Exam Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3