Court Reporter Jobs and Training Opportunities in Georgia

The Board of Court Reporting of the Judicial Council of Georgia is the agency responsible for certifying the state’s court reporters- a credential you must obtain to be able to legally work in the state.

Review the details in the following step-by-step guide to learn how to become a court reporter in Georgia:

Meet Georgia Prerequisites
Choose an Agency for Certification in Georgia
Certification by the Board of Court Reporting of the Judicial Council of Georgia
Maintain your Certifications in Georgia
Working in Georgia

Long term occupation projections for court reporters show steady and sustained growth through the year 2020, according to the most recent report released by the Georgia Department of Labor. Recent statistics show that last year there were 630 certified professionals working throughout the state, holding court reporter jobs with the following judiciary branches:

  • 159 Magistrate Courts
  • 159 Probate Courts
  • 370 Municipal Courts
  • 159 Juvenile Courts
  • 72 State Courts
  • 49 Superior Court Circuits
  • 4 Divisions of the Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court



Step 1. Meeting Appropriate Georgia Prerequisites

Both the NVRA and the Board of Court Reporting of the Judicial Council of Georgia require their candidates for testing and approval, respectively, to have the appropriate skills developed through court reporter schools in the state that are approved by either the NCRA, NVRA, or both.

After completing training, the next step to working as a Georgia court reporter is to become certified through one of these two agencies:

  • National Court Reporters Associate (NCRA)
  • National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA)

Becoming certified through these organizations requires passing their certification tests, which in turn have certain prerequisites. Certification by either agency is acceptable to the Georgia Board of Court Reporting, and their exam prerequisites are as follows:

  • The NCRA requires that their test candidates are stenographic reporters
  • The NVRA requires test candidates to:

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Step 2. Choosing an Agency for Certification in Georgia

NCRA Certification

Of the several certification programs offered by the NCRA, you will want to choose to become a Registered Professional Reporter. This involves passing a written knowledge test (WKT) and a separate skills test. You are given 105 minutes to complete the WKT, which is comprised of 115 multiple-choice questions covering:

  • Professional practices
  • Technology
  • Reporting practices

Your skills test will involve a dictation at the following rates:

  • Jury charge at 200 words per minute
  • Literary at 180 words per minute
  • Q&A and testimony at 225 words per minute

After the dictation you are allowed 75 minutes to transcribe your notes to an accuracy of at least 95 percent. You can register for both the written knowledge test (WKT) and skills test online. The cost for each exam is as follows:

  • Written Knowledge Test:

    • NCRA member: $185 (student $150)
    • Non-member: $210 (student $210)
  • Skills Test:

    • NCRA member: $170 (student $135)
    • Non-member: $210 (student $210)

NVRA Certification

The NVRA’s Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR) credential is also accepted by the Board of Court Reporting of the Judicial Council of Georgia for state employment. To gain this certification, you will need to pass a $125 written knowledge test and a $150 skills test. This latter evaluation is divided into three five-minute dictation tests, requiring a 95 percent accuracy rate in the following areas:

  • 200 words per minute jury charge
  • 180 words per minute literary
  • 225 words per minute two-voice Q&A

You can register for both these exams online.



Step 3. Certification by the Board of Court Reporting of the Judicial Council of Georgia

Once you have been certified by either the NCRA or NVRA you may apply for certification with the  Board of Court Reporting of the Judicial Council of Georgia. This involves completing the following:

  • An application for a Georgia Certification
  • $125 certification fee
  • Passing the Georgia State Board of Court Reporting Test (an open book test)

Once you have submitted these you will have fulfilled the court reporting license requirements in Georgia and be ready to go to work when your state certificate comes in the mail.



Step 4. Maintaining your Certifications in Georgia

NCRA Maintenance

In order to maintain your Registered Professional Reporter Certificate you will need to earn at least three continuing education units (CEUs) over a three-year period and keep your NCRA membership up to date. At least one of the three CEUs must be from an ACCET-approved activity, and you may choose to earn all your CEUs from these activities. Annual membership rates with the NCRA vary depending on which type of membership you would like to obtain:

  • Participating Membership for $260, available to professional court reporters
  • Student Membership for $65, available to students who are enrolled in a court reporting educational program
  • Associate Membership for $155, for vendors, attorneys, paralegals, instructors and school officials

You must also pay a $25 certification renewal fee to the NCRA every year.

NVRA Maintenance

Maintaining your NVRA Certified Verbatim Reporter credential requires the following:

  • Annual renewal of your NVRA membership

    • Student: $100
    • Military: First year free (2-year average $135)
    • Associate: $185
    • General: $200

Renewing your Georgia License

Just as you must keep your NCRA or NVRA certifications up to date, so too must you keep your Georgia court reporter license current. This involves an annual renewal process that must be completed before the end of the work day on April 1st of every year, and requires the following:



Step 5. Working in Georgia

As you begin researching employment opportunities in the state you may consider reaching out to professional organizations such as the Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association (GCCRA). These can be very helpful in providing local networking resources, information on continuing education or additional court reporter training, and any developments with Georgia court reporting schools. Over half of the state’s court reporters are employed in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area, who in 2012 numbered 400. Additional concentrations of court reporters can be found in:

  • Augusta Municipal Court
  • Columbus Magistrate Court
  • Eastern Judicial Circuit Court in Savannah
  • Macon Municipal Court
  • Athens-Clark County Juvenile Court

Prominent court reporting firms across the state include:

  • Professional Court Reporters in Atlanta
  • Alliance of South Georgia Court Reporters
  • Brown Reporting
  • Kathleen Humphrey and Associates



Georgia Court Reporting Salary

Employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that 630 people worked as court reporters in Georgia in 2012.  Sixty-three percent of them were located in the Atlanta area, which had the fourth highest level of employment of court reporters of any metropolitan area in the U.S.

The Georgia Department of Labor projects that employment levels will increase by 10.6% from 2010 to 2020.  One third of the jobs are projected to be due to growth in the profession, while the remaining openings will be replacements for people who have left the workforce.

The annual median salary for court reporters in Georgia in 2012 was $52,610, while those in the 90th percentile earned $73,790.  BLS salary information for selected cities is listed below:

Georgia City
Average Annual Salary

The 2013 salary range for a court reporter for DeKalb County was $32,472 to $52,776.

Most court reporters work for court reporting firms that provide transcription services for businesses and attorneys.  Georgia has a large number of such companies, particularly in the Atlanta area.  A partial listing follows:

  • Alliance Court Reporting & Videography Services, LLC
  • American Court Reporting
  • Atlanta Peach Reporters
  • Atlanta Reporters, Inc.
  • Bull Darity Hopson & Worley, LLC
  • Metro Atlanta Reporting
  • MLQ Court Reporters
  • Parnell Reporting
  • Premier Reporting
  • Professional Court Reporters
  • Professional Court Reporting & Video
  • Wheeler Reporting Company

The BLS provides a detailed breakdown of the 2012 court reporter salaries in selected cities of Georgia.  Annual and hourly percentiles are presented below:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA
Savannah GA
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released

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