Frequently asked questions appear below grouped by topic. If these topics do not answer your question please contact us.

NCRA: CEU versus PDC

  • Are the distance learning courses on this website approved by NCRA as CEUs or PDCs?
All of the courses on this site are prequalified by NCRA as CEUs which satisfy the continuing education requirements of NCRA. Each hour of credit equals 0.1 CEU. Therefore a 10-hour course is 1.0 CEU. To read NCRA's description of CEUs and PDCs, please click here.

Course Completion Time

  • How Much Time Does it Take to Complete a Course?
Expect to spend approximately one hour for each CE hour of credit. For example, a 10-hour (1.0 CEU) course should take approximately 10 hours to complete including the course quiz. Part of the NCRA review process for each course is a determination of the appropriate number of credit hours.

State Licensing Agencies

  • Are your credits accepted in my state?
Some states require continuing education credits for court reporters (aka shorthand reporters). Each state has different requirements regarding the course content and the approval process. However, a number of states automatically accept credits for courses that NCRA has approved, and all of the courses on this site are NCRA-approved. (Georgia, a notable exception, is addressed below). Licensing boards from Arizona, Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington and other states have accepted our courses in the past.
  • Are Your Courses Approved in Illinois?
Illinois requires that at least half of a shorthand reporter's CE credits fall into the 'core' category which includes computers and technology, law, terminology, anatomy & physiology, etc. Most of the courses on this site fall into the 'core' category in Illinois, all courses count for CE credits in Illinois.
  • Are Your Courses Approved in Georgia?
Georgia conducts its own review of each course independent of NCRA. Distance learning courses must be reviewed and approved annually for each calendar year even if the course content has not changed. On the home page courses currently approved in Georgia appear as a separate category. To view the current status of a particular course in Georgia please visit the Georgia Institute of Continuing Judicial Education website at http://www.icje.uga.edu.
  • Why Don't You List Approval Requirements in Each State?
Continuing education requirements in each of the 50 states change frequently, so it is not practical for us to try to track each state's requirements on a continual basis.

Course Quiz

  • Do I have to take a quiz to get my certificate of completion?
Yes. NCRA guidelines require a passing score of at least 85% based on a 100-point quiz consisting of True/False (2 points each), multiple choice (4 points each), fill in the blank (6 points each) and short answer (12 points each).
  • What If I Flunk the Quiz?
Quiz questions are derived from the course materials. However, if you do not pass the quiz an alternative quiz is available. You will be given a second chance!
  • How Do I Submit the Quiz?
You may submit the quiz via an electronic form we provide, or you may send the quiz via U.S. mail (no signature required please). In either event we recommend you make a copy of the quiz for your records.

Certificate of Completion

  • How Do I Receive My Certificate of Completion
You will receive your signed certificate via email, so please be sure to provide a valid email address.
  • What Is The Date on My Certificate?
If you submit your certificate electronically, a filestamp with the date is automatically applied and is the date that appears on the certificate. If you mail your certificate, the postmark date is the date that will appear on the certificate.
  • How Long Do You Maintain Copies of Certificates?
We maintain electronic copies of certificates for a period of at least five years. If you need a replacement certificate, just contact us with the pertinent information. We need the name that appeared on the certificate, the address and the year in which you took the course.