March 21, 2019
To become a certified court reporter in the state of California, there are several steps you must take to meet the necessary requirements. The following steps are necessary to prove your ability and to help you maintain your credibility throughout your licensing period.
The minimum requirements to become a certified court reporter include being at least 18 years of age, holding a high school degree (or equivalent), and having a clean criminal history. You must also have some level of experience in terms of shorthand and transcription.
In order for you to be a certified court reporter in California, you must have experience in the field or have completed an educational program that is accepted by the California Court Reporters Board.
The Court Reporters Board of California awards certifications after successfully clearing the following assessment topics and completing of the state examination. The apprenticeship hours are included in the program.
|English and vocabulary||240|
|Total minimum prescribed academic hours||660|
|Total machine shorthand & transcription hours||2300|
To pass the California state licensing exam, you must be able to transcribe 200 words per minute with a 97.5% accuracy rate. In order to be certified, you must pass both the written and performance skills tests.
Once you have completed the application and included all of the necessary materials, you will have to pass the dictation and transcription portion of the test. The test takes approximately 3 hours to complete. You will be transcribing actual court files. You must maintain 200 words per minute for at least 12 minutes.
Once you have passed the skills portion of the exam, you will need to schedule a date and time to take the written test. There are several state testing centers to choose from.
Depending on the kind of training program you join, it may take you around 12-18 months to become a court reporter. The quickest route to becoming a court reporter is to enroll for an associate’s degree. More extensive degrees may take 24 months to 4 years for completion. Also, the duration of these courses depends on the chosen focus areas. For instance, the stenography court reporting requires 33 months for completion.
Once you have passed your tests and received your certification, you can begin to take on clients and build your career.
There are many reasons why California is a well-paid state for a court reporter or stenographer to thrive in. In May 2017, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that court reporters draw an annual average salary of $79,500. Factors like where you reside and how much you work might decide how much you would make in a year.
You must continue to meet the state’s requirements for maintaining your court reporter’s license. This involves taking continuing education classes every two to three years.
Receiving your court reporter certification in the state of California can be the beginning of a wonderful career.
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Colleen Jilio-Ryan is the Owner of Jilio-Ryan, a Tustin based premiere law consulting firm. The firm along with its certified court reporters is dedicated to providing the highest quality deposition and litigation services to attorneys, insurance companies, and corporations. With her sincere efforts, Colleen is committed to meeting the highest standards of the legal industry, and is an industry leader when it comes to on-time court reporting and deposition scheduling.