STEP 1: Getting started
Listed below are the documents you will need to begin the NCRA approval process:
- Review the GRMS to familiarize yourself with the minimum standard requirements
- Complete the Approved program application (Programs going through re-approval do not need to fill out this application.)
STEP 2: NCRA review
The application is reviewed by NCRA Staff to determine whether the program qualifies for an on-site evaluation.
A conference call is scheduled with NCRA staff and school officials to select an on-site visit date, review the submission of forms, and discuss the overall logistics of the visit.
STEP 3: Program self-evaluation
Extensive self-evaluation is performed by program instructors and administrators. The program is reviewed and assessed against the GRMS. During this self-evaluation, the program instructors and administrators should take the opportunity to make program improvements prior to the on-site visit. The program submits the following forms:
STEP 4: On-site evaluation
On-site evaluation of programs is conducted by an evaluation team which consists of a certified program evaluator (CPE), an online CPE, if applicable, and an NCRA staff person.
All items listed below must be submitted to NCRA staff 45 days prior to the scheduled on-site evaluation date:
- Self-Study Fee
- Completed Judicial, Captioning, and/or CART self-study forms
- Data sheets and resumes of court reporting instructors
- Sample advertisements
- Internship Information
- List of graduates from the last five years
- Copies of diploma and certificate
- Online access
All items listed below must be submitted to NCRA staff 10 days prior to the scheduled on-site evaluation date:
- Site visit agenda
- Any other items requested
STEP 5: Program approval and ongoing reviews
After the on-site visit, the program is forwarded a visitation report. The court reporting program has 30 days to respond to the visitation report. Program approval packets are presented to CASE for decision in January and July.
After a thorough review by CASE, the program is awarded NCRA approval for a 5-year period from the date of approval.
To maintain approval status during this period, programs are asked to review their activities to ensure that standards are being upheld. NCRA requires that programs complete an NCRA Annual School Report and pay an annual fee to remain approved.