Brenda Keyser recognized as Certified Realtime Captioner
RESTON, Va., June 18, 2016— The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, has announced that Brenda Keyser has earned the nationally recognized Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification, which acknowledges proficiency in language skills and in realtime writing in the broadcast and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) environments.
CART is often defined as live-event captioning, which relies on realtime reporting to produce an immediate transcript of the spoken word. Realtime reporting produces an immediate transcript of proceedings by using a steno machine connected to a computer that instantly translates spoken word to text.
The CRC certification was implemented in August 2015 to provide NCRA members with a higher level of captioning training and the resources they need to transition to providing captioning services. The certification reflects the combined training of the previous certifications Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC) and Certified CART Provider (CCP). The new certification was developed to increase realtime proficiency and certify more individuals in providing realtime services. As of January 2016, NCRA members who hold the CBC and the CCP certifications will automatically become CRC certified.
“Holding the CRC certification recognizes a reporter’s highly specialized skills needed to produce realtime reporting in the broadcast reporting in setting,” says Mike Nelson, CEA, executive director and CEO of NCRA. “CRCs are highly sought after because of their expertise in this very specific field of reporting.”
Keyser, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a member of NCRA and has worked as a court reporter for 25 years. She has an MBA from the University of Cincinnati and also holds the professional certifications of Registered Professional Reporter, Registered Merit Report, Registered Diplomate Reporter, and Certified Realtime Reporter. Keyser is currently President of Elite Reporting Agency, LLC.
To be recognized as a CRC, candidates must successfully complete a captioning workshop provided by NCRA and a skills exam that is a realtime dictation of 180 words per minute on literary matter.
“I am excited to bring captioning to Cincinnati. It’s a great honor to be certified in this field and showcases the expertise that Elite Reporting brings to its legal clients and the general public on a daily basis. I’m proud that NCRA continues to lead the reporting profession in developing the expertise necessary to take advantage of new technologies that better serve the public,” said Keyser.
For more information, visit NCRA.org. Career information about the court reporting profession — one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree — can be found at crTakeNote.com.
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 16,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 14 percent through the year 2020. For more information, visit NCRA.org.