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Value of OCRA Membership


As an OCRA member, we are pleased to provide you with:


  • Learn Best Practices
  • Quality Speakers

OCRA conducts an educational annual conference each spring that offers between 1.2 to 1.5 CEUs on a variety of topics to keep you on top of the profession. In addition, we offer additional educational opportunities at various times throughout the year. Members receive reduced and priority registration. OCRA also works directly with NCRA to stay abreast of certification updates and industry happenings across the nation. 


OCRA provides you with important information you need to know about the court reporting and captioning profession and the latest advances in technology. We keep you armed with the news you need with member-only access to information on our website and frequent online and e-mailed news blasts, as well as three editions of The Buckeye Record each year.


  • Advocacy
  • B.R.A.T.S. - Bringing Realtime Across the State

OCRA advocates on behalf of the court reporting and captioning profession. We combine the voices of many and speak for one - the professional court reporter and/or captioner. We work with the state legislature and other organizations to promote and protect your livelihood. 


  • Professional Networking Throughout the Year
  • Reporter's Referral Service

OCRA is the forum for Ohio's court reporting and captioning professionals. We inform you, we challenge and award you, and we keep you connected with your colleagues and your profession. 

JOIN today...

And become a part of the organization that supports YOU!

Types of Membership

Professional Court Reporter ($125 per year)

This option is for the court reporting professional who wants to receive the most OCRA has to offer. We welcome any person who is skilled and primarily engaged in the verbatim stenographic reporting of proceedings by the use of symbols, manually, or by stenographic machine. 

Associate ($60 per year)

This option is for those individuals who are not actively engaged in court reporting as a primary profession, but that are affiliated in other ways such as:

  • A teacher of reporting
  • An individual connected in an official capacity with a school or college conducting a reporting course
  • An individual who has been certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) as a Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS)
  • An individual interested in the preservation, support, and advancement of the field of verbatim reporting, such as providers of reporting equipment, paralegals, attorneys, judges, et cetera.

Student ($25 per year)

Any individual currently enrolled in a stenographic court reporting instructional program and not actively engaged in stenographic court reporting. (Student membership runs September 1 through August 31) 

Retired ($30 per year)

Any Active Member in good standing who has paid Active Member dues for a period of 20 consecutive years and is no longer engaged in verbatim reporting shall be eligible to become a Retired Member. 

OCRA offers two membership cycles:

January 1 through December 31 
July 1 through June 30

Membership is not pro-rated and will be established within the billing cycle received. 
Dues received October 1 through April 30 will be applied to the January - December membership cycle.

Dues received May 1 through September 30 will be applied to the July - June membership cycle.

Join or Renew Your Membership

Ready to become part of the organization that supports the court reporting profession? You may either apply online using our secure server or download a membership application and mail it to the OCRA office. 






Students are the future of our profession.  Sponsor a student membership in OCRA and help your future colleagues get started in the right direction.