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Court Reporter Jobs and Training Opportunities in Arizona

You must complete a specific number of steps to become certified as a court reporter in Arizona:

Meet Minimum Requirements for Certification in Arizona
Complete a Program in Court Reporting
Pass the NCRA Registered Professional Reporter Exam
Pass the Arizona Certification Examination
Apply for Certification in Arizona
Get to Work as a Court Reporter in Arizona
Maintain your Certification in Arizona

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, court reporters in Arizona earned a mean annual salary of between $47,490 and $55,510, as of May 2012.

As of 2003, all court reporters in Arizona must be certified through either a Standard Certification or a Provisional Standard Certification through the Arizona Supreme Court Board of Certified Reporters.

 


 

Step 1. Meet Minimum Requirements for Certification in Arizona

Before you can apply for certification to practice as a court reporter in Arizona, you must meet minimum eligibility requirements. Specifically, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States
  • Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent

 


 

Step 2. Complete a Program in Court Reporting

To become a court reporter in Arizona, you must first complete a course of study in court reporting. The National Court Reporters Association established the Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) as to establish a General Requirements and Minimum Standards (GRMS) for court reporter programs, which are generally two-year programs that result in either a diploma or an associate’s degree.

Within Arizona, the following programs are NCRA Certified:

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree in Court Reporting – Judicial
  • Certificate of Completion in Court Reporting – Judicial

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Step 3. Pass the NCRA Registered Professional Reporter Exam

Upon the successful completion of a court reporter program, you must take and pass the skills exam through NCRA, which can be taken at one of the following Arizona locations:

  • Phoenix, Gateway Community College
  • Tucson, Kathy Fink & Associates

Upcoming test dates for the skills test are found on the NCRA website. You can only register and pay for the exam during open registration times, which are also available on the website.

After completing the skills test, you must complete the NCRA written knowledge test (WKT), which consists of 115 questions that include the following areas of assessment:

  • Reporting practices: 62 percent
  • Technology: 22 percent
  • Professional Practices: 16 percent

You must receive a scaled score of 70 or better to pass the exam. You can find upcoming NCRA testing dates and schedule your test online through Pearson VUE.

However, you must first register with NCRA and submit your test fees (NCRA member: $185, Non-member: $210) before you can register to take the exam.

You can prepare to take the written exam by taking a testing tutorial and practice exam through Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE testing centers are located in:

  • Tucson
  • Phoenix
  • Chandler

Arizona also accepts the Certified Verbatim Reporter’s examination (CVR) written exam instead of the NCRA examination. The CVR exam consists of 100, multiple-choice questions that assess the following:

  • Verbatim record: 45 percent
  • Transcript production: 45 percent
  • Professional responsibilities: 10 percent

The CVR written knowledge test costs $150 and registration can be completed online. Testing locations for the CVR, however, are limited (upcoming testing schedule).

 


 

Step 4.  Pass the Arizona Certification Examination

Upon showing proof of passing either the RPR or the CVR examination, you must then successfully complete the Arizona Written Examination.

To apply to take the written examination, you must complete an application and mail it, along with the application fee of $50, to:

Arizona Supreme Court
Certification and Licensing Division
1501 West Washington, Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3231

On the day of the exam, you must bring two photo IDs with you. The address of the test location is:

Arizona State Courts Building
1501 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007

 


 

Step 5. Apply for Certification

Upon successfully completing the Arizona written examination, you must apply for certification by completing the Certified Reporter Initial Standard Certification Application form and including the following documents:

  • 2”x2” color photograph
  • Photocopies of all diplomas/degrees/certificates/licenses
  • Verification of RPR/CVR
  • A complete set of fingerprints on an FBI fingerprint card (along with a $22 FBI processing fee)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • $450 application fee

Mail the application and documents to:

Arizona Supreme Court
Certification and Licensing Division
1501 West Washington Street, Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3231

 


 

Step 6. Get to Work as a Court Reporter in Arizona

Once you pass the Arizona written examination and achieve certification in Arizona, you may seek employment in the Arizona’s court system:

There is also a wealth of opportunities available in many of Arizona’s larger court reporting agencies, such as:

 


 

Step 7. Maintain your Certification in Arizona

Court reporter certifications are renewed every two years. To renew your certification, you must complete a renewal application, pay the renewal application fee of $400, and show proof of at least 10 hours of continuing education.

 


 

Arizona Court Reporting Salary

Two hundred and sixty people worked as court reporters in Arizona in 2012 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Nearly two thirds of the court reporters in Arizona were located in the Phoenix area.  The state projects that there will be a substantial increase in employment levels in court reporting in the period from 2010 to 2020.

According to Arizona’s Office of Employment and Population Statistics, the growth in the field of court reporting is projected to be 14.37%.  It is predicted to be even higher in the following cities:

  • Phoenix – 16.2%
  • Tucson – 16.28%

These job openings are projected to come from equal amounts of new jobs and of people leaving the workforce.

The median annual salary for a court reporter in Arizona in 2012 was $54,240 according to the BLS.  Experienced professionals in the 90th percentile made substantially more:  $72,320 in 2012.  Salary data for the major cities in Arizona is listed below:

Arizona City
Average Annual Salary
Phoenix
$46660
Tucson
$62970

The pay range for a court reporter in Maricopa County was $49,712 to $65,000 in 2010, while a court reporter working for the Superior Court in Yuma County earned from $44,762 to $72,218 a year in 2013.  The initial salary range for a court reporter for Pima County was $45,309 to $52,105 a year in 2013.

In addition to job opportunities with the courts in Arizona, the state has a large number of private firms that hire court reporters and stenographers.  Some of the firms that are located in multiple cities in Arizona include the following:

  • Griffin & Associates, LLC
  • Miller Certified Reporting LLC
  • Morris-Crowe Court Reporting
  • Todd Olivas & Associates

A detailed breakdown of court reporter salaries in Arizona is available from the BLS.  Information on hourly and annual wage percentiles is found below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ
160
46310
Tucson AZ
60
62970

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