What Do the Letters Mean?

The National Court Reporters Association and the National Verbatim Reporters Association have certification examinations that test practitioners of the reporting trade. Below is a list of acronyms and their explanations. Tori has earned each of the described certifications/awards. Each of the certification skills examinations requires the candidate to transcribe the complete examination from their own notes (steno or voice) in a set amount of time. There is no audio backup allowed to aid in transcription. These tests are meant to display the skill of the practitioner in a closed environment with only their reporting expertise.

FAPR, Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters (NCRA’s nomination-only award for those reporters who have contributed to the profession through leadership, publication, service, and certification)

RPR, Registered Professional Reporter (NCRA’s entry-level certification)

RMR, Registered Merit Reporter (NCRA’s advanced certification)

RDR, Registered Diplomate Reporter (NCRA’s highest reporting knowledge certification)

CRI, Certified Reporting Instructor (NCRA’s certificate for educating reporting professionals)

CVR, Certified Verbatim Reporter (NVRA’s entry-level certification)

CM, Certificate of Merit (NVRA’s advanced certification)

M, Master (NVRA’s designation of a reporter who has passed the above tests at higher speeds than those currently in use as of 2012)

RCP, Registered CART Provider (NVRA’s educational realtime certification)


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National Certifications

We Hold The Highest Level certifications from NCRA & NVRA