Trial Presentation Certificate FAQs


Why is this a certificate program and not a certification program? 

In order to ensure that your credential will be recognized by the public and truly distinguishes you as an exceptional professional, NCRA strictly adheres to the rigid standards for credentialing programs established by the National Organization of Competency Assurance (NOCA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  Under those standards, programs like the Trial Presentation program are considered certificate programs because they test competency in a particular skill set used within a profession, whereas certification or licensure programs (like the RPR, for example) test on the full range of skills and knowledge needed to perform all the varied tasks required of a member of a more broadly defined profession. This distinction (certificate versus certification) does not diminish the status of the credential in any way. Your NCRA Certificate in Trial Presentation is backed by the same standards of credibility, validity, legal defensibility and public assurance. It is merely a credential of a different category.

Can I use the initials TP after my name once I complete the program?

Because NCRA adheres to rigid credentialing standards, NCRA cannot award an acronym or letters to certificate holders for use after their names. However, by successfully completing the workshop and passing the test afterwards, candidates are not only awarded a frameable certificate but are also authorized to use the following terminology on letterhead, in advertising, or in other marketing materials such as:

  • Credentialed as an NCRA Trial Presentation Professional
  • NCRA Trial Presentation Certificate Holder
  • NCRA Trial Presentation Professional
  • Trial Presentation Professional

Other seminar and software vendors don’t make this distinction, why does NCRA?

Not all credentials are the same. Nor are all credentials backed by the same standards of excellence and quality assurance. NCRA chooses to adhere to the highest standards established by nationally and internationally recognized accrediting and credentialing authorities for its certification, certificate and continuing education programs. This assures NCRA members who earn these distinctions that their accomplishment means something and will stand up to any public or legal scrutiny.  This assures the public who chose you to provide court reporting and related services that they can rely upon the credential as a valid, independently verified and objective assessment that you possess the skills and competencies you claim to and that you are a professional committed to ongoing continuing education to maintain that competency.   

How does the online program work?

The Trial Presentation Professional Certificate Program can be purchased on the NCRA Learning Center under Individual Programs and Certification Education. To obtain the Trial Presentation Professional certificate you will watch an eight-hour workshop and then pass a comprehensive written exam. The workshop contains a series of nine seminars that can be viewed all at once or as time permits. After viewing the entire workshop you will receive immediate access to the exam. There is a 90-day viewing window upon purchase to watch the entire workshop and attempt the exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, a certificate will be mailed to the participant.

If I attend the workshop, but I do not take or do not pass the assessment exam, do I still receive a certificate?

Attendees who opt not to take or who do not pass the assessment exam will not receive a certificate. However, those attendees requiring continuing education for other certification will receive 0.8 CEUs for attending the workshop. To obtain a copy of your transcript, please contact the Member Services and Information Center at (800) 272-6272, or

Can I retake the exam if I do not pass it?

Attendees who do not pass the exam have the option to retake the exam. Please contact

For additional questions, please contact (800) 272-6272 or