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House Bill 5046

MECRA, MAPCR, and MAFCR are pleased to announce the newly introduced House Bill 5046 - Page Rate Increase for transcripts in the state of Michigan.  This long-awaited increase has caused a shortage of court reporters and recorder along with causing a crisis producing the official record.


We are charged as the "guardian" of a precise record that can change the lives of so many in the legal system.  


  Join us in making history and making a change for our industry.

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2023 Membership Drive

CEO and CER Membership Renewal
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Retirees now 1/2 off!
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New members $30 off
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CEO and CER Student Membership Registration
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2023 and 2024

Follow the links above to register for the courses.

MAY 2023:


- Orientation for CEO/CER and CEO Pre-Exam via Zoom
    ~Monday, May 4th, at 6:30 pm

- ZOOM:  Online Only Course

     ~ Friday, May 19th, 8 am to 5 pm - CER and CEO

     ~ Saturday, May 20th, 8 am to 5 pm - CER only

- Pre-Exam Review via Zoom for CER and CEO 
     ~ Monday, June 26th, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
        (combined with the April In-Person Students)

     ~ (Exams are in July)


- Orientation via Zoom for CEO/CER 
    ~ Monday, August 28th, at 7 pm

- ZOOM:  Online Only Course: CER 2-Day Course

     ~ Thursday, September 28th, 8 am to 5 pm - CER

- ZOOM:  Online Only Course: CEO 1-Day Course

     ~ Thursday, September 28th, 8 am to 5 pm - CER

     ~ Friday, September 29th, 8 am to 5 pm - CER

- Pre-Exam Review via Zoom for CEO and CER
     ~ Monday, October 23rd, 6:30
   to 8:30 pm

     ~ (Exams are in November)  

Please contact us at If you are interested in a Refresher Course for CEO/CER, transfer your class to another session, or training for court staff in a Video Courtroom.

Proposed dates for 2024

January 12th - CEO and CERs Online via Zoom

January 13th - Day 2 - CERs Only Online via Zoom


***If you are transferring to another session, please note this is a one-time option and must be the following course of study available and requires prior approval from the education team.


***If you are attending this course for a refresher, please note that prior approval is required by the education team.  You are eligible for (1) one refresher at no charge within 12 months of completing the MECRA course.



Zoom Instructions
Course and Legislative Meetings

Option 1:   Quick Link from Laptop, Desktop, Smartphone or Tablet


Option 2:  Join by Phone


Dial  312 626 6799 US

Enter meeting ID: 212 158 4850 and follow prompts

The Michigan Electronic Court Reporters Association (MECRA), is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining excellence through continuing training/educational opportunities and by mentoring; to establish and maintain high standards as set forth by the Michigan Supreme Court; and, to foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of verbatim court reporting while actively serving the public and judicial system of the State of Michigan.

2023 CER and CEO Courses

  • All dates are open for registration unless indicated above. 

  • Each student will be assigned an instructions to walk you through the course material and to review your work.

  • 2023 classes will be a hybrid of online and in-person.   




The CER Course is presented via Zoom from 8 am - 5 :30 pm

for two days. 

This course includes all materials, online instructions, and grammar/punctuation 

instruction via web conferencing

Projects are self-paced and self-proofing with a final transcript review once all projects are completed.  Your review will be submitted to SCAO and your supervisor upon completion. 


NEW - Typed and hand-written log instruction.

NEW - Additional online instruction included in grammar and punctuation.


This is a Board of Review approved program required prior to 
taking the CER examination.




The CEO Course is presented via Zoom from 8 am - 5 pm. 

This course includes all materials, online instructions, and grammar/punctuation instruction via web conferencing

Projects are self-paced and self-proving with a final transcript review once all projects are completed.  The Certificate of Completion is issued once the final exam log and transcript are completed by the student and reviewed by the instructor. (See the detailed calendar below for timelines.)  

NEW - Typed and hand-written log instructions.


This is a Board of Review approved program that is required prior to taking the CEO examination.


Daily Course Schedule

Day 1:  CER and CEO

7:00 pm - Class Orientation

Before attending the classes

  • Participants will need to review all pre-recorded videos in the student portal.

  • Printed out the manual for reference.

  • CERs - Type the Bubble Transcript sample for formatting practice, complete Margie Holds Court session, and submit typing speed test.

  • CERs and CEOs - Attempt a practice log that is provided in the student portal

Day 2:  CER and CEO


8:00 am - Introductions

8:30 am - Section 1 - 3

10:45 am - Section 4

Noon -  Lunch Break

1:00 pm - Review Logging Material

2:00 pm -  Logging Session 1

2:45 pm - Logging Session 2
3:15 pm - Logging Session 3 (Final)

4:00 pm - Submit final logging to instructor
4:15 pm - Review logs

4:30pm - Q & A


Day 3:   CER Only


8:00 am - Introductions

8:15 am - Section 5

10:00 am - Section 6 - 7

11:00 am - Section 8 - Part 1 

Noon - Lunch Break

1:00 pm - Section 8 - Part 2

2:00 pm - Type transcript for final 

4:30 pm - Submit final transcript to instructor

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
         Group review of the final transcript


**Section 9 - 10 is available on the website.


Day 4:  CER and CER

6:30 pm - Pre-Exam Review

Required supplies:

  • Laptop or desktop computer

  • Earbuds or headset

  • Foot pedal (CERs only)

  • Internet access

  • All course material is available for download from the student portal.


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