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Celebrate your certifications, celebrate yourself

Celebrate Certification Month is the perfect time to make an investment in yourself by committing to earning a new certification. Professional certifications not only boost your skills, but they also boost your earning potential. Be sure to share with your clients, potential customers, or anyone interested in a career in court reporting, captioning, or legal videography why NCRA professional certifications matter.

“Certifications are evidence to our colleagues and the world at large that we are qualified to perform our historic and essential duties. Like many of my colleagues, I’ve enjoyed a robust international practice. But that only happened because I had certifications to show my clients that I was capable of the tasks,” said NCRA President Jason T. Meadors, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelance court reporter and agency owner from Fort Collins, Colo.

“Certifications are not just a source of pride. They are evidence of competence to those who rely on our indispensable talents in the legal field and as captioning clients. Celebrate your certifications! You’ve earned them; be proud. If not, keep striving. The results are eminently worth the effort,” he added.

Did you know that NCRA also helps celebrate its members earning certifications year round by issuing press releases on their behalf to their state and local media outlets, free of charge, announcing when a new certification has been obtained? The NCRA Communications Team issues newly certified members a customizable press release template they can complete and return, along with a headshot.

While there is no guarantee that the press releases will be picked up 100 percent of the time, many local newspapers do run them in their business sections. In addition, it is not uncommon for these press releases to generate feature articles that focus on members and their careers, further helping to promote the stenographic court reporting and captioning professions and the work of legal videographers.

As always, NCRA has made available to members a Celebrate Certification Month resources page with a catalog full of downloadable materials designed to help celebrate your certification. Resources include flyers, press release templates, JCR articles about certification, social media messaging, helpful NCRA quick links, and more. You can find the resources page at

Be sure to share how you plan to celebrate with NCRA at and on social media using #NCRAcertified.