How to become Court stenographer?
Court reporters need formal training to get started in the field.
Court reporters are responsible for providing transcription services during legal proceedings and other public speaking events. Due to the nature of the job, it is important for a reporter to have formal training from an approved training program. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for court reporters is $25.85 per hour, $53, 710 annually. By going above and beyond the training expectations, your salary and employment options increase.
Few universities offer bachelor's degree programs in court reporting. Many employers only require court reporter job candidates to possess an associate degree. The specific field of study for your degree should be court reporting or stenography. Because associate degree programs are taught at local colleges and universities, you generally need a high school diploma or GED before enrolling into a program.
If you don't have the money to enroll in a associate degree program, the second option is to earn a training certificate or diploma. By enrolling in a court reporting or stenography certificate program, you earn a diploma in half the time it takes to complete an associate degree. If you enroll in a training program, be sure the program offers laboratory training. During the lab training, you get hands-on experience with court reporting, language and writing, machine shorthand theory, medical terminology, court transcription and more.
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Where to Study
Before enrolling in a court reporter training program, make sure the program is recognized and approved by the National Court Reporting Association (NCRA). NCRA ensures that all court reporting training programs meet the highest training standards. If you attend a school or training program not accredited by NCRA, it can hinder your ability to get a license, certification or even a job. A list of approved training programs is listed on the NCRA website.