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The NYSCRA offers two voluntary certifications:
New York Realtime Certified Reporter (NYRCR)
New York Association Certified Reporter (NYACR)

Members of our association who earn these credentials demonstrate a commitment to continual competence and improvement in the art of shorthand reporting.
Five minutes of deposition testimony and five minutes of court testimony (3-voice;  190-200 WPM)
Passing is 96 percent (maximum 36 errors) per test.  Both tests are submitted.  Test-taker need only pass one to become certified.  Grading is based upon the accuracy of realtime transcription without editing.
Test-takers will take the RCR remotely using  After the test, the unedited file must be saved as PDF and uploaded to Dropbox.
New York Association Certified Reporter (NYACR) EXAM

Written Knowledge
Legal Terminology (20 multiple-choice questions covering basic law, legal procedures, and legal terminology); and English Terminology (40 multiple-choice questions covering spelling, word usage, vocabulary and punctuation)
200 wpm - 4 voice Testimony - 7 minutes
95% passing grade (maximum 70 errors)
175 wpm - 2-Voice Medical Q&A - 5 minutes
95% passing grade (maximum 43 errors)
Jury Charge - 175 wpm - 4 minutes - 95% (maximum 35 errors)
TO BE READ BACK within 12 minutes 

Reciprocity with NCRA certification holders:  1.  Holders of the RPR may pay $50 to be granted the NYACR.  2.  Holders of the CRR may pay $50 to be granted the NYRCR) ($100 for both NYACR & NYRCR).  3.  NYSCRA members who have passed NCRA RPR written knowledge test may pay $50 and receive credit for the written knowledge portion of the NYACR exam.  The official NCRA pass letter must be submitted as proof.  Click here for form to apply for reciprocity.
Congratulations to these Successful NYRCR and NYACR Candidates!
Certified New York Realtime Court Reporters
Congratulations to the following NYSCRA members who have earned the New York Realtime Court Reporter (NYRCR) certification since its October 2013 inception:
Elizabeth A. Black, CSR, RMR, CRR, NYRCR
Meredith A. Bonn, CSR, RPR, NYRCR
Francesca Cioffi, RPR, CM, CSR, NYRCR, NYACR
Michael D. DeVito, CSR, RPR, CRR, NYRCR
Donna Evans, NYRCR
Toni Ann Figueroa, NYRCR
Suzanne M. Gillson, CSR, RMR, NYRCR
Mirabai Knight, NYRCR
Ashley M. Knights, RPR, NYRCR
Sharon Lengel, NYRCR
Debra A. Levinson, CSR, RMR, CRR, CMRs, NYRCR
Kerry A. Meegan, RPR, CRR, CSR, NYRCR
Vincent J. Palombo, RMR, CRR, NYRCR
Marita Petrera, RPR, CRR, NYRCR
Pamela Palomeque, RPR, CRR, NYRCR
Bonnie Piccirillo, NYRCR, NYACR
Ashley Principe, RPR, RMR, NYRCR
Rachel Simone, NYRCR
Amanda Thelema, RPR, NYRCR
Terry-Ann Volberg, NYRCR
Francesca Cioffi, RPR, CM, CSR, NYRCR
Certified New York Association Certified Reporters
Congratulations to the following NYSCRA members who have earned the New York Association Certified Reporter certification since its May 2015 inception:
Chris Shin, NYACR
Ingrid Andersen, NYACR
Karen Bianchi, NYACR
Kathy Smith, NYACR
Diana Smith, NYACR
Molly Chino, NYACR, NYRCR
Marisa Nold, NYACR
Ashley Kleinschmidt, NYACR, NYRCR
Melissa Lindholm, NYRCR, NYACR
Kelly Coccho, NYRCR
Gabrielle Cardelli, NYACR
Elizabeth Brucie, NYACR, RCR 
Julie A. Wick, NYSACR
Francesca Cioffi, RPR, CM, CSR, NYRCR, NYACR
Noah Collin, NYACR
Mary Agnes Drury, RPR, NYACR 
Bonnie Piccirillo, NYRCR, NYACR
Diane V. Salters, RPR, NYACR

Other Exam Information



With the growth of nontraditional reporting employment (e.g., captioning, CART), those who work in the legal-related areas of courts, depositions, and arbitrations are increasingly referred to as “judicial” or “legal” reporters.  Such references, more common in other states, is used to distinguish captioners and CART providers from court reporters in legal settings. 

Employment in the NYS Court System

The New York State Unified Court System hires permanent court reporters based on statewide testing.  (Part-time, even per-diem, hires sometimes occur.)  Successful candidates, ranked by grade, are eligible for appointment to courts throughout the state.  There are separate examinations for the lower and higher courts. 

Examinations, when conducted, fill vacancies in the courts throughout the State of New York.  Promotional hires usually are made to the NYS Supreme and County Court before canvassing from the open-competitive list. 

Employment in Freelance

When seeking employment with a freelance agency, serious reporters arm themselves with objective proof of performance skills and knowledge.  Their attire and demeanor are also commensurate with working in the conservative arena of law and courts. 

Realtime reporting has become an integral tool of the successful freelance reporter.  Thus, achieving realtime certification, using up-to-date technology, and staying current about related technology are vital reporting tools. 

NYSCRA and NCRA offer training seminars, certifications, and other assistive tools.


Closed Captioning (Subtitling)

Text displayed on a television or large screen is high-tech court reporting technology at work.  During live broadcasts, reporters produce that text – using speech-to-text technology similar to realtime text produced for lawyers during court.  Certification is an extremely important prerequisite for employment in this arena.

NCRA’s Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC) examination offers objective performance certification for captioners.

Click here for NCRA testing information

CART Reporting

CART providers usually provide communication access to the deaf, but also can display text to viewers onsite (often on oversized monitors), and stream text to the internet.  The function they perform is similar to captioning; that is, they instantly turn speech to text for immediate review.  Certification in this arena is also extremely important for employment.

NCRA’s Certified CART Provider (CCP) examination offers objective performance certification for CART providers.

Click here for NCRA testing information


One aim of a professional association is to provide court and related reporters the opportunity to objectively demonstrate their abilities – to prospective employers, for self-improvement, and to prepare for other tests.  To private-sectors employers, certification provides objective evidence of the reporter’s skill level, therefore supports employability.  NYSCRA, NCRA, and USCRA offer certification examinations. 

The Role of NYSCRA

NYSCRA alerts its members to upcoming employment and professional examinations.  It also posts known prep sessions and other known assists. 

When NYSCRA representatives negotiate for pro-reporter legislation, their bargaining position is strengthened when they can show a strong constituency who also objectively demonstrate fine performance skills. 

Another important reason why this association conducts examinations is an understanding that reporters cannot always travel to distant locations where other groups conduct similar exams, and so it brings these tests to the doorstep of our members several times annually.

Demonstrating the high-tech nature of the contemporary court reporting profession, and following the lead of NCRA, NYSCRA is currently in the process of converting to online testing.  Watch for confirmation.  Such will alleviate traveling to test locations and will better accommodate the candidate’s schedule, allowing flexible test scheduling and greater frequency. 

NCRA Certification Exams

Registered Professional Reporter (RPR)

Registered Merit Reporter (RMR)

Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR)

Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC)

Certified CART Provider (CCP)

Click here for NCRA testing information

USCRA Certification Exams

Federal Realtime Reporter (FCRR)

[Click here for link to USCRA details and schedule]


Certification Examinations



Employment Examinations

The last court reporting examinations by the NYS Unified Court System were conducted on April 25, 2015 (lower court, Grade JG24) and June 13, 2015 (Supreme Court, Grade JG27). 

Future test announcements will appear here. 


Known organized test dictation sessions, as reported by NYSCRA members and schools:

New York Career Institute

Click here for information about NYCI

Realtime Center for Learning

Click here for information about Realtime Center For Learning 


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