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What type of training do stenographers receive?
Stenographers train to transcribe spoken words in real time using a stenograph, which is a device similar to a small, 22-key typewriter that uses shorthand to input information. Stenographers are trained in shorthand skills and tested for how many words per minute they can type. They are also trained in legal and/or medical jargon as those are common transcription cases. As part of an overall training, stenographers can receive instruction in courtroom proceedings and the legal system.
Do court reporters need to be certified?
License requirements for court reporters vary from state to state, and not all of them require certification. However, for those that do, most states offer certification courses and tests that lead to certification. There are many independent schools and programs that offer full courses in court reporting. While not all states require licensing, many employers prefer licensed candidates.
Stenography is the act or process of transcribing a proceeding, which can be a legal or private proceeding. This transcription is done on a stenography machine, which consists of a set of shorthand keys which feed into a database. These can be printed and transcribed into long form and stored for the record. Stenography is usually associated with legal proceedings, like trials and depositions, but can be used in any situation needing a live documentation.
How long does it take to learn stenography and become a court reporter?
The average length of time is about two and a half to three years to become a court reporter. Usually stenography is part of a court reporter training program. To become a court reporter, learning stenography is only part of the process. You must take and pass a basic training program, where admission requires a minimum of a high school diploma or G.E.D. You must complete an associate’s degree program, obtain your license, get a job, and obtain a certification (certification not required by law).
What is a court reporter?
A court reporter, or stenographer, is a person who transcribes the spoken words during trials, depositions, and any legal or administrative proceeding, into written words. This is usually done via a stenotype machine, which uses shorthand coding keys to type the message into a database. Court reporters can also use a spoken-word device that is connected to a computer that records and transcribes the data.