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:
|Complete a Court Reporter Degree/Certificate Program|
|Take the Connecticut Exam for Licensure|
|Apply for Connecticut Licensure|
|Get to Work in Connecticut and Maintain your License|
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.
- The Written Knowledge Test (WKT) consists of 100 multiple-choice questions.
You will be given 60 minutes for the WKT and you must pass with a minimum score of 70.
- The Skills Section includes two tests:
- Two Q&As, two-voice testimony at 225 wpm
- Two literaries at 180 wpm
- Two jury charges at 200 wpm
You will be given 75 minutes per skills section, and you must pass with an accuracy of 95 percent.
You do not need to pass all four sections of the exam in one sitting. All test results are available on the CCRA website within 30 days of the exam through a private login.
Note: The Board also offers reciprocity with the NCRA’s Registered Professional Reporter certification and any state whose test the Board deems “substantially similar” to the RPR.
Step 3. Apply for Connecticut Licensure
Upon passing all four sections of the Connecticut licensure examination, you must apply for licensure by completing the Shorthand Reporter Application, including a check or money order in the amount of $290 (made payable to Treasurer, State of Connecticut), and mailing the application to:
Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Step 4. Get to Work in Connecticut and Maintain your License
Court reporters in Connecticut may work in Connecticut’s court system, which includes:
Or through a private court reporting agency, such as:
- Niziankiewicz & Miller, East Hartford
- Bridgeport Court Reporter, Bridgeport
- Scribes, Inc., New Haven
- Toby Feldman Inc., nationwide
Court reporter state licenses in Connecticut are renewed on a triennial basis. Licensure renewal requires the renewal of your RPR Certification and the completion of at least 10 hours of continuing education courses every year, or 30 hours during the three-year licensure period, which ends on December 31st. The cost for licensure renewal is $150.
Connecticut Court Reporting Salary
The field of court reporting is growing nationally, and this is also the case in Connecticut. The state’s Department of Labor projects the number of jobs to increase by 12.4% in the period from 2010 to 2020. This is triple the rate of increase projected for legal jobs as a whole in Connecticut.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 240 court reporters were employed in Connecticut in 2012. Their median annual was $52,320 with those in the top ten percent of their salary bracket averaging $81,180 a year.
The Judicial Branch of the state of Connecticut defines the category of court reporters as including court recording monitors. The starting salary for a temporary court recording monitor for the Connecticut Superior Court in 2013 was $29,640 a year.
In addition to job opportunities with the judiciary, a number of companies employ court recorders to provide services to businesses and attorneys. Some of the major court reporting firms in Connecticut include the following:
- Alex Del Vecchio Court Reporting Services
- Chait Digital Court Reporting & Legal Video
- Minto Court Reporting
- Niziankiewicz & Miller
- Todd Olivas & Associates
Court reporters can work as a stenographer or with a typewriter or computer. Court recording monitors for the state carry out the following types of work:
- Setting up and testing equipment
- Monitoring recording using earphones
- Maintaining notes of proceedings
- Maintaining records and files
- Performing other related duties