Court Stenographer Schools
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, court reporters in Connecticut, as of May 2012, earned a starting salary of between $47, 490 and $55, 510.
The Connecticut State Board of Shorthand Reporters licenses court reporters in Connecticut. But before you can qualify for a court reporter license in Connecticut, you must complete a specific number of steps:
Step 1. Complete a Court Reporter Degree/Certificate Program
A court reporter program may be in the form of an associate’s degree or certificate program through a technical school or dedicated court reporter school. A comprehensive court reporter program should include training on the preparation of verbatim transcripts, thereby ensuring an accurate, secure and complete legal record.
Study in a court reporter program may include:
- Realtime technology
- Legal terminology
- Medical terminology
- Courtroom procedures
- Computer-aided transcription
- Computer-compatible stenograph theory
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) certifies court reporter schools that adhere to the General Requirements and Minimum Standards established by the Council on Approved Student Education. Only those schools deemed NCRA certified meet these minimum standards.
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Step 2. Take the Connecticut Exam for Licensure
You must take and pass the Connecticut exam for licensure before you apply for licensure. Registration dates, upcoming test dates, test sites, and online registration can all be found on the Connecticut Court Reporter’s (CCRA) website.
The Connecticut exam consists of two portions: the written exam and the skills exam. The fee for the exam is $50 for CCRA members and $100 for non-members.