Official Support for Court Reporters
The job of a court reporter can be an exciting and yet challenging career.
The position can be very stressful at times as it continually demands speed and explicit accuracy when transcribing the spoken word into written text.
Although the job comes with a lucrative salary and in many cases very attractive benefits, it can also be very tiring and tedious.
So, where can support be found for those wishing to embark on a court reporter’s career as well as those already in the field?
Three Court Reporter Resources
Mainly, there are three official organizations that support the position of court reporter.
These are The American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers, The National Court Reporters Association and The United States Court Reporters Association.
These organizations offer information about training schools, certifications, job postings, insurance and annual meetings.
As to certifications, these organizations offer different levels of certification that require the passing of state exams.
There is one official organization that supports the job of a voice writer.
The National Verbatim Reporters Association specifically supports the position of a voice writer, although members that utilize stenographic equipment are allowed also.
This organization offers members certifications, liability insurance, debt collection services, continuing education and member discounts among other things.
The NVRA offers three different types of certifications to voice writers that is equivalent to what is needed to obtain a license in states that require a license for voice writing.
These are Certified Verbatim Reporter, the Certificate of Merit and Real-Time Verbatim Reporter.
Three Court Reporter Resources
To receive these certifications an individual must pass a written test on spelling and vocabulary along with punctuation.
Knowledge of legal and medical terminology is also required. The candidate must then pass three 5-minute dictation and transcription examinations.
They will be tested on speed, accuracy, and silence.
The National Court Reporters Association awards an entry-level certification of Registered Professional Reporter to individuals that pass a four-part state exam and maintain continuing education in the field.
The next level of demonstrated competency is Registered Merit Reporter and the highest level is Registered Diplomat Reporter.
To earn a Registered Diplomat Reporter certification a court reporter must have a Bachelor’s Degree or have 5 consecutive years of experience as an Registered Merit Reporter.
Another coveted certification that NCRA offers is the Certified Real-time Reporter that federal district courts often require before a court reporter can be hired.
Many companies also prefer that a court reporter owns a Certified Broadcast Captioner certification and a Certified CART Provider certification.
These designations show competence in converting spoken words to written text in an instantaneous manner.
Associations That Work
The United States Court Reporter Association is mostly focused on things that affect court reporters who work in United States District Courts.
They offer membership, support, job postings and annual meetings.
The American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers offer certifications for electronic court reporters after passing a written exam.
Although it is not mandatory to be certified with this organization, some employers will ask their court reporters to get certified as soon as possible.
Minimum requirements for certification are a high school diploma, 2 years of experience in transcription and usually he must be a member of the notary public.
The following links provide additional information and insight into these organizations.