Part 71, Certified Shorthand Reporting

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Effective April 13, 2006

71.1. Education requirements. | 71.2. Experience requirements. | 71.3. Licensing examinations.

71.1. Education requirements.

  1. Preprofessional education. The preliminary education requirement for the certified shorthand reporter license shall be graduation from high school or its equivalent.
  2. Professional study. To meet the professional study requirement, the applicant shall present evidence of the completion of technical study in manual or machine shorthand reporting from a postsecondary school, or private instruction consisting of 1,300 hours. Such study or instruction shall be designed to develop:
    1. shorthand skills to achieve a minimum speed of 180 words per minute on three or four voice dictation of material of average syllabic density and transcription thereof;
    2. typing skills of 50 words per minute;
    3. proficiency in grammar, vocabulary and punctuation; and
    4. familiarity with medical and legal terminology and court or hearing procedures.

71.2. Experience requirements.

  1. The applicant shall submit satisfactory evidence of at least three years' experience as a full-time verbatim shorthand reporter using either manual shorthand or shorthand writing machine.
  2. In lieu of the professional study and experience requirements, five years of experience as a full-time verbatim shorthand reporter acceptable to the State Board for Certified Shorthand Reporting may be accepted by the department.

71.3*. Licensing examinations.

The department may accept a passing score on an examination determined by the State Board for Certified Shorthand Reporting to be acceptable for licensure as a certified shorthand reporter.

Last Updated: April 13, 2021