Court Reporting Certifications - a Breakdown of What They Mean

July 22nd, 2020
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There are essentially three different national licensing boards for court reporters:  NCRA (National Court Reporters Association), NVRA (National Verbatim  Court Reporters Association), and AAERT (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers).  Each national organization has their own certifications.  Once you obtain certification within the organization you hold a membership with, then you are also required to maintain continuing educational credits to maintain said certification.

Certifications within NCRA for court reporters:

RSR - Registered Skilled Reporter.  You must pass the skills test at 200 words per minute (WPM)

RPR - Registered Professional Reporter.  You must pass the skills test at 225 WPM

RMR - Registered Merit Reporter.  You must pass the skills test at 260 WPM

RDR - Registered Diplomat Reporter.  You must pass your RPR or RMR and be in the profession for 5+ years and pass a 120 question test

CRR - Certified Realtime Reporter.  You must pass a realtime online test at 200 WPM with 96% accuracy

Certifications within NVRA for court reporters:

CVR - Certified Verbatim Reporter.  You must pass the skills test at 225 WPM

CM - Certificate of Merit.  You must pass the skills test at 260 WPM

RVR - Realtime Verbatim Reporter.  You must pass a skills test at 180 WPM with 95% accuracy

Certifications within AAERT for court reporters:

CER - Certified Electronic Reporter.  To obtain this certification, you are required to pass an online knowledge examination and pass with a score of 80% or higher


Durham Court Reporting is proud to belong to all three national organizations and have reporters with national certifications.  When you need a certified court reporter in Durham, please give us a call  at 919-682-7757 or book online.