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The National Court Reporters Association sets our ethical practice standards and guidelines, provides testing and certification as well as continuing education to help ensure consistent high-quality record making is provided by unbiased, neutral third parties. M&H has been a supporting member of NCRA for 75 years.

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NCRA professional certifications:

What do all those letters after their name mean?


RPR – Registered Professional Reporter. Consists of a written knowledge test of the legal system, advanced English/vocabulary and court reporting procedures. Skills/transcription consists of Literary, Jury Charge and Q&A at speeds up to 225 words per minute.

RMR – Registered Merit Reporter. A skills/transcription test of Literary, Jury Charge and Q&A at speeds up to 260 words per minute.

CRR – Certified Realtime Reporter. Must hold two NCRA reporting certifications to qualify to sit. This is a skills test of writing ability and clarity of translation at speeds up to 225 words per minute. Transcript is submitted raw – no editing allowed.

RDR – Registered Diplomate Reporter. Must hold at least two NCRA reporting certifications to qualify to sit. Test topics include advanced procedural knowledge, ethics, legislative and technology testing.

CLVS – Certified Legal Videographer Specialist. A test of videographer knowledge of procedures and equipment. Once completing the written knowledge test, a candidate must demonstrate the ability to trouble-shoot live on site before a panel.

CTP – Certified Trial Presenter. The curriculum includes a two-step process educating the candidate on the duties of a trial presentation professional including ethics, comportment, protocol, procedure, decorum, confidentiality issues, business practices and technology. Upon successful completion of the workshop, the candidate is eligible for testing.

In order to maintain certification, members need to meet continuing education requirements.



The Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting is a professional tech group founded by Stenograph, the industry leader in court reporting hardware and software. Their foundational mission is keeping members abreast of the latest software, tech tips and training to continuously improve customer experience and support the changing environment of the way our clients work.

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Court reporters have been known throughout the ages as guardians of the record because of their impartiality and role within the judicial process. They capture the words spoken by everyone during a court or deposition proceeding and are charged with then preparing verbatim transcripts of proceedings. The official record or transcript then helps safeguard the legal process.

The Ohio Court Reporters Association has provided professional leadership and direction for the court reporting industry for 100 years.

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DepoSpan is an organization comprised of independently owned court reporting firms. These knowledgeable, impartial local experts are committed to service and preservation of the record. Each member is carefully vetted and has a proven track record of professional practice.

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The National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS) is a worldwide organization of the largest community of professional process servers and the first resource for credible information regarding the profession. NAPPS members are committed to being accountable, reliable and valuable to their legal clients, the courts, and the parties and witnesses they serve.

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