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What Makes a Certified Court Reporter?

Datascope Admin - Friday, October 23, 2015

Being a court reporter is not a simple job. This article provides a look at the path certified court reporters in Houston take to provide the dilligent work they provide.

A certified court reporter must obtain a license in addition to his educational requirements and actual certification. Those who have any interest in this line of work should begin by researching institutions that offer elite court reporter education courses and also meet the criteria established by the Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) in its General Requirements and Minimum Standards (GRMS). CASE is a part of the National Court Reporters Association, so the group is NCRA Certified.

Formal Educational Requirements to Become a Certified Court Reporter

The NCRA certification has represented the field's standard for educational excellence for 80 years. The certification program is designed to measure the general competence of those who would like to work as court reporters. Thousands of court reporters have taken their education to the next level by obtaining the Registered Merit Reporter level of certification. Others choose to obtain an associate's degree in the field of court reporting/stenography. The vast majority of states require all court reporters to obtain certification and/or a a license.

Dilligent Work Becoming a Certified Court Reporter

This time will be spent learning about legal terminology and procedures, technical dictation, court reporting standards and various technologies relevant to the position. Students also learn how to two-voice transcribe at an effective pace. Some schools offer internships in addition to the in-classroom instruction, yet participation in such a program is not necessary to become a certified court reporter. It should be noted that post-secondary court reporting education can be completed online via the world wide web.

The Licensure

Certain states mandate that all court reporters be licensed. A licensure requires that the applicant become a notary public and pass the state's exam as administered by the board. Some states also require the license-seeker to pass certain exams and meet additional requirements.

The Certification

Reporters who are seeking a way to become qualified for licensure might find that their state recognizes the NVRA and NCRA certification exams. The Registered Professional Reporter certification requires that applicants pass a skills exam consisting of three different parts. This test is designed to test the prospect's typing speed. There are also certification exams offered by the NVRA like the Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR). This certification requires that the candidate pass a skills test as well as a written exam with an accuracy rate of 95 percent.
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