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Local court reporter earns national certification
Traci Williams-Walker recognized as Certified Realtime Captioner
RESTON, Va., Dec. 12, 2017 – The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners, and legal videographers, has announced that Traci Walker 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. Realtirne 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, N CRA 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,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO and executive director ofNCRA. “CR Cs are highly sought after because of their expertise in this very specific field of reporting.”
Walker, from Nashville, Tenn., originally Batavia, N.Y., is a member of NCRA and has worked as a court reporter for 30 years. She also holds the professional certifications of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) and Registered Merit Reporter (RMR), and has qualified in the National Realtime Contest. Walker is currently a freelance court reporter and captioner and is self employed. Prior to becoming a freelance court reporter, she worked for the Middle District of Tennessee with the Hon. Kevin H. Sharp.
To be recognized as a CRC, candidates must successfully complete a captioning workshop provided by NCRA and a skills exam that is a real time dictation of 180 words per minute on literary matter.
“The CRC is a milestone for me, because I have captioned for more than 22 years. I try to stay current with new trends and technology in the profession. I am elated about achieving the CRC. I am proud to be a member ofNCRA since 1985, and to support the organization and keep moving forward,” said Walker.
Career information about the court reporting profession – one of the leading career options that does not require a traditional four-year degree – can be found at DiscoverSteno.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 US. 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.
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