Upcoming events

    • 09/14/2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 East Ina Road, Tucson, AZ

    ACRA is proud to present the FOURTH ANNUAL JIM BOULEY MEMORIAL 



    • Qualified competitors shall be a member in good standing with NCRA, ACRA, or be an RPR or a certified reporter in your state of residence.
    • Registration fee: $40.00 through September 4; $60 September 5 and after.
    • All applicants should have registration forms completed by September 4 to ensure successful room and event booking confirmations.
    Hotel accommodations

    We certainly hope you will be staying for our 2018 Annual Convention - we have special room rates available through August 24 if you need to stay over.  Click here to go to the Westward Look reservation page for ACRA.


    • Dictation will be done from taped material to avoid any dictating errors.


    • Literary at 220 wpm
    • Jury Charge at 240 wpm
    • Testimony/Q&A at 270 wpm


    • Contestants are given 90 minutes for each leg of the test.
    • No transcript will be rated that has more than 5% errors.
    • Testimony portion will be two-voice dictation, with Q’s and A’s neither counted nor read.
    • No tape recorders or recording devices are permitted in the exam room or the transcribing room.


    • All transcripts need to be labeled with your assigned number only. Transcripts with names on them will not be accepted.
    • One transcript needs to be submitted for each 5-minute take.
    • Tests will be submitted via flash drive; ACRA will print the tests onsite.
    • Successful transcripts and shorthand notes become property of ACRA.
    • All other transcripts will be available for review after the announcement of the winners.


    • Contestants are not permitted in the grading room during grading process.
    • The contestant who qualifies on the 3 tests with the highest average for the 3 shall be declared champion.
    • Professionalism Barred: If requested, contestants must give to the committee satisfactory assurance that they have not received, directly or indirectly, any remuneration or promise of remuneration of whatever character for entering or winning any part of this contest.

    Decisions of committee are final

    • The members of the grading committee will be Doreen Sutton, Laura Ashbrook, and Jennifer Pancratz.


    • Champion’s name will be permanently inscribed on the ACRA Speed Contest Championship Traveling Trophy, which the winner may keep for one year, to be returned in advance of the contest the following year, where it once again will go to that next year’s champion.
    • The Champion will also receive a “keeper” 1st place trophy as well as a gold medal.
    • Second place will receive a silver medal.
    • Third place will receive a bronze medal.
    • Certificates for all who attain a 95% or higher.
    • Contest committee publishes those names in the next ArizoNotes newsletter and will update each year on the website.

    Obtaining PDCs

    • Credential holders who successfully complete a speed contest at or above the level of the RMR speeds may earn 0.25 PDC per leg. Per NCRA rules, only 1.0 PDC per cycle may be applied toward NCRA certification.

    • 09/15/2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • 09/16/2018
    • 12:30 PM
    • Westward Look ~ Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 East Ina Road, Tucson, AZ

    Improve, Impress & Inspire

    ACRA Annual Convention

    September 15 & 16, 2018

    Westward Look ~ Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa ~ Tucson

    Member  Fees  save  you $150.  Join  now!

    "Improve, Impress & Inspire"

    Saturday, September 15, 2018

    8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

    COURSE:  Terminate Transcript Turmoil

    PRESENTER:  Anissa R. Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CRC, CRI

    CREDIT HOURS: 1.5 (.15 CEUs)

    DESCRIPTION:  What if a small change in HOW you edit could result in better realtime in only two weeks? This means much shorter editing time to crank out a transcript! We’re going to spin you 180 degrees from how you do things now and show you just how much time and energy you are going to save.

    10:30 AM to 12:00 NOON

    COURSE:  A to Z Program

    PRESENTER:  Doreen Sutton, RPR, CSR, CR, FAPR, NCRA Vice President

    CREDIT HOURS: 1.5 (.15 CEUs)

    DESCRIPTION:   By now most of us understand that there is a shortage of reporters nationwide. How can we help? How can YOU help?  In this presentation, you will learn how the NCRA A to Z program is successfully introducing hundreds of prospective students to the world of reporting, and how you can get involved!  You will learn the history of the program, what it’s all about, and some practical advice for how to start your first (or second or third) A to Z program.

    1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

    COURSE:  Terminate Transcript Turmoil 2

    PRESENTER:  Anissa R. Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CRC, CRI

    CREDIT HOURS:  1.5 (.15 CEUs)

    DESCRIPTION:  Review the SADA concept from the original Terminate Transcript Turmoil, talk about families of prefixes and suffixes and the importance of consistency. Anissa will talk about valuable word pieces, how to make stacking FOR you, and how FPP55 earns you better realtime in only one week!

    3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

    COURSE:  Grammar Guidelines and How to Defeat Them

    PRESENTER:  Santo "Joe" Aurelio, Ed.D., FAPR, RDR

    CREDIT HOURS:  1.5 (.15 CEUs)

    DESCRIPTION:  We guarantee you won’t fall asleep when Dr. Aurelio tells you about some gremlins that are alive and well in English grammar. He will discuss the significant differences between the following word pairs that bedevil so many of us: principal/principle, affect/effect, pore/pour, therefor/therefore, regime/regimen, lead/led, premier/premiere, etc. But most importantly, his humorous lecture will teach easy-to-remember rules and memory devices to help you to always use the correct form.

    Sunday, September 16, 2018

    8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

    COURSE:  The Strange Case of the Boston Strangler

    PRESENTER:  Santo "Joe" Aurelio, Ed.D., FAPR, RDR

    CREDIT HOURS:  1.5 (.15 CEUs)

    DESCRIPTION:  The Boston Strangler terrorized the city of Boston, Massachusetts, from 1962 to 1964, when 13 women were brutally murdered. Albert DeSalvo confessed to all of those murders, but he was only tried for other crimes. Not every police official believed he was the Strangler. Was he? Join Dr. Aurelio, a reporter on the DeSalvo case, who will discuss many salient aspects regarding DeSalvo, Attorney F. Lee Bailey, and other principals (including a world-renowned psychic) in this strange case.

    9:45 AM to 11:15 AM

    COURSE:   Your work is hard enough....it shouldn't cause pain

    PRESENTER:  Josh MacDonald, MS OTR/L CHT

    CREDIT HOURS:  1.5 (.15 CEUs)

    DESCRIPTION:  Typing and computer work all day can lead to significant pain in the hands and arms. Being a court reporter means that you are at risk for a variety of types of pain and injuries, including Carpal Tunnel, Tennis Elbow, Thumb Arthritis, DeQuervein's.  You will learn the difference and how to address each one. Our focus is on decreasing pain and getting you back to work and regular activities with as few limitations as possible. We will use a 'Heal - Overcome - Prevent' model to take you from injury to normal function with real recommendations that you can take home and implement right away. Let’s get you pain free and back to living normally.

     11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    COURSE:  Staying knowledgeable about gangs and drugs

    PRESENTER:  Detective Gerry Diaz, Tucson Police Department

    CREDIT HOURS:  1 (.1 CEUs)

    DESCRIPTION:  Drug and gang behavior, as well as the lingo, is an ever-evolving phenomenon. Detective Diaz will share his experiences from working on narcotics investigations, undercover operations, gang investigations, and child sexual predator cases.

    The Venue:

    The beautiful Westward Look - Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, is the site for our 2018 Annual Convention. For room reservations at our $129.00 ACRA rate Click here or call (520) 917-2970.  Cut-off date for the ACRA rate is August 24. For more information about the resort, Click here.


    The Fun:

    There will be games, raffles, and socializing.  Two continental breakfasts, breaks, and lunch will be provided.


    Court reporting students are welcome to attend this event without charge.  By registering, students commit to attend all or a portion of the seminars.  When registering, use the code "STUDENT" to access the form.
    If you would like to contribute to the Student Attendance Fund to defray the cost of these lunches, Click here, and thank you!

    Event Sponsorships:

    ACRA depends on the financial support of our sponsors to be able to provide quality programming for our events.  Please consider being a sponsor. Whether big or small, it is all appreciated.
    Want to see the several ways you can sponsor this event?  Click here

    Prize and Raffle Donations:

    Our raffles provide us with a lot of fun at our events, and they also help to offset some of our expenses so we can provide excellent programs.  We would love to know ahead of time what raffle items or cash you can contribute.
    Want to donate a cash prize or a raffle item?  Click here

    Exhibitors & Vendors:

    From keeping up with advancements in technology all the way to finding that perfect set of earrings, our exhibitors and vendors provide us with a wonderful array of goods.
    To register as an Exhibitor or Vendor, Click here.


    Printable Registration Form:

    Click here to download a printable form that you can mail in.

    Registrations after Sunday, September 9 will include a $30 late fee.  Register early!

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