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January 31, 2022 | Back to News and Documents

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The NER-Certified Speech-to-Text Provider certification is ready!

With two years in the making, our certification program has launched.  The Global Alliance was founded with the idea that there would be a certification that accurately assessed a captioner's skills.

"Time has flown by and January 2022 is here!  Steve [Clark] and I have met our goal.  The NCSP certification is now available!” says Chris Ales, co-chair of the Certification/Assessment Committee. “Without the support of the task force -- Ken Frommert, Lukasz Dutka, Josh Foley, and Deanna Baker --  we would not have met our goal of a January 2022 rollout.”

Pablo Romero-Fresco, Founding Member and former director, and Chris Ales, Founding Member and former Secretary, brought the prospect of the NER model to the Global Alliance as the model to accurately assess realtime captioning, accounting for the nuances of the job.  There were many ideas, emails flying back and forth, meetings -- lots and lots of meetings -- to flesh out every detail.  Finally, it is complete.

"The assessment process is complete, documents have been prepared, and we've already had our first candidate take the assessment," says Ales.

Register today to earn your NCSP certification!  Learn about it on our Webpage.  If you don’t know what the NER model is, watch our Webinar.

This does not mean that the work is complete. The Committee is still developing Levels II and III.  We have not set a date to offer these levels, so follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) for announcements.  

Ales spreads her excitement, “Steve and I hope you are as excited as we are, and we're looking forward to many members of the Global Alliance signing up for their certification."

It is with immense gratitude that we thank Chris Ales and Steve Clark, and the entire committee, for the endless hours of work to get the Global Alliance to this point.  It truly could not have been done without them.
Sign up today! 
Membership Drive
Refer a New Member and We Reward YOU!
If you're not already a Global Alliance member, when you register to take the NCSP, you get a one-year membership.  Tell your friends to sign up!  Members, for every new one-year member you refer, at or above your level of membership, and when that new member registers for the NCSP, you receive a one-month extension on your existing membership. There is no limit to the number of extensions you can receive.
Simply email us and let us know who you’ve referred, and we’ll track the membership.
Refer a friend or colleague today!
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The Global Alliance is always looking for members to join our committees. You’ll be joining a dedicated group of your fellow members who are committed to the success of the Global Alliance.
Get involved and join a committee today! Email us at
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If you’re a Global Alliance member, and you provide captioning services, be sure you’ve added your information to our captioning service provider tab. Sign in at our website, then click "My Profile" and choose yes to “Display my contact information in the public directory.”
Are you looking for captioning services? Click the link below and visit our website. Global Alliance members in this directory are ready to provide you the highest quality captioning services, both realtime and post-production.
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