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The Nebraska Court Reporters Association is proud to be an affiliated state association of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). Nebraska is one of many states across the country that does not require state certification. However, NeCRA supports and encourages stenographic reporters in the state to obtain certifications offered through NCRA.
Being part of the stenographic court reporting profession means continually striving to advance your skills. Success requires constantly putting yourself to the test to ensure you are on the cutting edge. Whether it’s learning a new technology, branching out to new specialty areas, or simply conquering an advanced certification, most, if not all, of Nebraska’s stenographic court reporters have attained certifications to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and build credibility. From the baseline recognition provided by the RPR credential, the advanced credibility earned through the RMR and RDR credentials, or the acknowledgement of expertise within specialty areas like broadcast captioning, CART, or legal video, Nebraska stenographic court reporters go above and beyond to showcase their skills and achievements to differentiate themselves from alternative technologies.https://www.ncra.org/certification/NCRA-Certifications
Guide to National Court Reporters Association certification designations
RPR - Registered Professional Reporter. The nationally recognized RPR examination includes a three-part Skills Test and a Written Knowledge Test. The skills portion of the test is a dictation test of Literary matter at 180 words per minute (wpm), Jury Charge at 200 wpm and Testimony at 225 wpm. The Written Knowledge Test covers those areas of knowledge needed to perform the duties of a court reporter, such as English grammar and spelling, technology, terminology, courtroom rules and procedures, transcript format, use of legal research materials and professional responsibility. The RPR designation is renewed annually. Every three years, each RPR must accumulate 3.0 continuing education units to maintain certification.
RMR - Registered Merit Reporter. An RPR can achieve further recognition by passing the RMR exam. The skills portion of this exam consists of Literary matter at 200 wpm, Jury Charge at 240 wpm and Testimony at 260 wpm. The merit-level Written Knowledge Test certifies an attainment of distinction. An RMR designation is renewed annually and requires the accumulation of 3.0 continuing education credits to maintain certification.
RDR - Registered Diplomate Reporter. The RDR certification is the highest level of certification a reporter can achieve, requiring a reporter to exhibit exemplary organization and practical skills in all reporting activities. The exam consists of a Written Knowledge Test administered to candidates who have been RMRs for at least five years or to RMRs with either a baccalaureate degree or two other NCRA certifications.
CRR - Certified Realtime Reporter. The CRR exam tests a reporter’s ability to write realtime testimony at 200 wpm. The test is five minutes in length and must be passed with a 96% accuracy rate. Editing of transcripts is not allowed.
CBC - Certified Broadcast Captioner. The CBC is a two-part exam consisting of a Written Knowledge Test and a Skills Test. The CBC is an entry-level exam that measures the knowledge, skill, and ability of the candidate to produce an accurate, simultaneous translation and display of broadcasts utilizing realtime translation software.
CCP - Certified CART Provider. The CCP is a two-part exam consisting of a Written Knowledge Test and a Skills Test. The CCP is an entry-level exam that measures the knowledge, skill, and ability of the candidate to produce accurate, simultaneous translation and display of live proceedings utilizing computer-aided translation.
CLVS - Certified Legal Video Specialist. The CLVS Written Knowledge Test is a 90-minute, 100-question, multiple-choice test based on, but not limited to, the five areas of knowledge needed to perform the duties of a legal video specialist. Special emphasis is placed on the use of legal video for preservation of deposition testimony. A candidate must pass the Written Knowledge Test with a scaled score of 70 or better.
CRI - Certified Reporting Instructor. Certification requires attendance of the NCRA Council on Approved Student Education-sponsored Orientation session for CRI and successful completion of the assignments. The CRI designation is effective for three years from the date of completion.
MCRI - Master Certified Reporting Instructor. Certification requires completion of the NCRA Master Certified Reporting Instructor program, a four-phase, performance-based assessment process. The certification is valid for three years, during which time the MCRI will meet the continuing education requirements to assure renewal of the MCRI certification.
CMRS - Certified Manager of Reporting Services. Certification requires completion of the NCRA Certified Manager of Reporting Services Program which focuses on topics crucial to the management of court reporters.CPE - Certified Program Evaluator. Certification requires completion of the NCRA E-Seminars "Interpersonal Skills" and "Introduction to the Certified Program Evaluator Certification." A CPE is an individual trained to evaluate and certify undergraduate court reporting programs. The CPE assists the school through the rigorous certification process and performs the official evaluation.
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