January 18, 2022

Understanding Certifications for Court Reporters

By: Colleen Jilio-Ryan | Posted in: Court Reporters in California

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People who choose to work as court reporters can offer a wider variety of services, especially when pursuing different certifications. Being able to accurately document and preserve the evidence and testimonies in legal proceedings is very important and sought after. Earning a court reporter certification will help you better showcase your level of experience and expertise to those who are interested in hiring you. 

Know the Type of Record You Need

There are several ways to document what is spoken in a legal proceeding. Stenographers use a steno machine to create written documents in a matter of seconds with almost perfect accuracy. By using special software, they can create an accurate final transcript in a short period of time. Voice writers use voice-to-text software to create accurate documents representing a legal proceeding. Digital reporters capture audio with a special computer that records the event so it can be transcribed later.

Certification Organizations

The primary certifying bodies for people who work in the court reporting profession are the NCRA (National Court Reporters Association), the NVRA (National Verbatim Reporters Association), and the AAERT (American Association of Electronic Recorders and Transcribers). Each of these organizations requires that continuing education credits must be earned each year in order for court reporter certification to remain in good standing. This allows the individual to stay up-to-date on new procedures, policies, current events, and advancements in technology.

All Those Letters!

Each of the three organizations above offers specific certifications for each course they offer. Each court reporter certification is designated by a series of letters. A Registered Skilled Reporter, for example, would have RSR behind their name. A Military Verbatim Reporter would have the MVR title. Each of these organizations have designations that are unique to the classes they offer. Many legal professionals will be able to choose the type of reporter they need simply by looking at the jumble of letters they have behind their name.

A Wealth of Services

There are a wealth of services a court reporter can offer to the legal professionals they work for. Being able to provide real-time delivery is important in many cases. Accuracy and accessibility are also key components that legal professionals look for. With the shortage of court reporters that the legal profession is experiencing, a good court reporter who has gone above and beyond to earn extra specializations can expect to find a lot of work in the near future. 

At Jilio-Ryan Court Reporters, we are able to provide each of our students the skills they need to shine in any role they choose to pursue. Being able to provide a wealth of services ensures that you will be in high demand and can pick and choose the jobs you really want.

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