Local court reporter earns certification

Published 9:58 pm Thursday, December 12, 2019

The National Court Reporters Association, the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners and legal videographers, has announced that Beth Chandler has earned the nationally recognized Registered Professional Reporter certification, having demonstrated her ability to produce a high-quality verbatim record.

Certification distinguishes stenographic court reporters as being among the top contributors to the profession in terms of reporting skills, transcript production, reporting and operating practices and professionalism.

Earning these credentials is quite an accomplishment given the amount of preparation and knowledge that successful candidates must possess to pass. Those who hold RPR credentials are not only among the top stenographic court reporters in the profession, but they also embark on a path of lifetime learning with continuing education requirements.

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Chandler, from Chesapeake, is a member of NCRA and works as a freelance court reporter for Alvis & Cheesebrew Court Reporters Inc.

To be recognized as an RPR, candidates must pass a written knowledge test on industry best practices and a skills test that combines a challenging threshold of both speed and accuracy. RPR-certified court reporters are in high demand among the nation’s premier law firms, courthouses and other scenarios in which a reliable, accurate transcript of proceedings is required.

The court reporting and captioning professions offer viable career choices that do not require a four-year college degree and yet offer good salaries, flexible schedules and interesting venues.

There is currently an increasing demand for more reporters and captioners to meet the growing number of employment opportunities available nationwide and abroad. Court reporters and captioners rely on the latest in technology to use stenographic machines to capture the spoken word and translate it into written text in real time. These professionals work both in and out of the courtroom recording legal cases and depositions, providing live captioning of events, and assisting members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities with gaining access to information, entertainment, educational opportunities, and more.