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Get ready to celebrate in May

May 2022 marks the fifth year NCRA has recognized Celebrate Certification Month for its members and the fifth year the Association has provided a number of resources to help members mark the month. The official Celebrate Certification resources page is now open and offers a range of items members can choose from to download and use, including official certification press release templates, social media resources, articles about the importance of certifications, flyers, and more.

This year, President Debbie Dibble, RDR, CRR, CRC, is calling on all members to be inspired to let their expertise shine.

“May is Celebrate Certification Month, so let that be the reason you differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack and supercharge your earning potential,” said Dibble.

“NCRA certifications reflect your pledge to provide the highest level of professionalism and skill to those you serve with your stenographic or videography skills,” she added.

NCRA selected May as Celebrate Certification Month to coincide with the new growth that the spring season is known for. The campaign is designed to encourage members to share with their judges, attorneys, customers, clients, and potential clients the importance of working with professionals who hold NCRA nationally recognized professional certifications. The effort is also aimed at encouraging NCRA members and nonmembers to commit to earning an NCRA certification or to add to any they already hold.

In addition to materials on the resource page, members can also celebrate those letters behind their names by taking advantage of savings during the month of May on customized items ranging from clothes to gifts and more from the NCRA Merchandise Shop. Watch the JCR Weekly for more information about sale dates coming up throughout May.

Caitlin Albrecht

Caitlin Albrecht, RPR, CRR, an official court reporter from Golden Valley, Minn., said that earning the CRR recently has proven that she can take on a challenge, and she is thankful to NCRA for providing the opportunity to prove herself in this way. “Providing realtime is like being asked to play a piano piece perfectly the first time through without ever having seen the sheet music; it’s extremely challenging,” she added.

Andrea Wecker

“Technology in litigation is no longer a luxury; it is a requirement, a powerful tool to be strategically leveraged to give litigators the upper hand in every circumstance. I am excited to gain that knowledge,” noted Andrea J. Wecker, RDR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer and CART captioner and owner of Associated Reporting & Video in Boise, Idaho, on earning NCRA’s Trial Presentation Professional certificate.

“I use it to empower the entire ARV Dynamic team to serve our legal community in creative new ways and show them what an impact cutting-edge technology can have on their practice.”