Why It Matters to You
When choosing Hunter + Geist for your court reporting needs, you can be assured that our excellent reputation is based not only upon the feedback received from our clients but also upon the impressive standards that our reporters meet individually.
Just as in the legal field, court reporters obtain many qualifications along the path to excellence. In addition to graduating from accredited schools with a staggering amount of education and training – not only in stenography but also such varied subjects as English, grammar, anatomy, medical and legal terminology, technology, and business law – they may then go on to achieve their national certifications through the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
As the governing body of the profession, NCRA offers testing and certification that those outside of the reporting field may rely upon when choosing a reporter to handle their needs. These certifications allow the reporter to be awarded the professional letter designations you may find listed after their name:
RPR, or Registered Professional Reporter, is obtained by passing two discrete exams: a written knowledge test focused on the areas of reporting, technology, and professional practices; and a three-phase speed and proficiency exam at 180 words per minute (wpm), 200 wpm, and 225 wpm, which must be accomplished at a 95% accuracy rate.
CRR, or Certified Realtime Reporter, is a highly respected designation which may only be awarded once a reporter has achieved RPR certification. Writing at 200 wpm, the candidate must achieve 96% accuracy without any additional keyboard editing, as well as independently operate all necessary technology associated with realtime reporting.
RMR, or Registered Merit Reporter, may also only be taken once a reporter has obtained RPR certification. The prestigious RMR certification requires passing a written knowledge test as well as an impressive three-phase speed and proficiency exam at 200 wpm, 240 wpm, and 260 wpm with 95% accuracy.
In order to maintain the certifications one has earned, a reporter must engage in continuing education for the remainder of his or her professional life. This ensures that they are informed in the latest technologies, able to pursue expansive education, and kept abreast of evolving reporting and legal standards and issues.
Most importantly, NCRA also creates and upholds the Code of Professional Ethics, safeguarding the incredibly high standards which are held by their court reporter members. Hunter + Geist prides itself on upholding these standards, in turn, for the Colorado legal community.
Just as legal clients are able to depend upon an attorney’s reputation as reflected by the licensing and associations for which he or she qualifies, attorneys, too, can depend upon court reporters’ abilities as reflected by their independent qualifications. By choosing to use the certified reporters of Hunter + Geist, you will demonstrate to your clients the level of excellence your firm demands in all facets of your professional representation.
For more information on the National Court Reporters Association, visit their Web site at www.ncraonline.org. For more information on Hunter + Geist’s reporters, their qualifications and their backgrounds, see their bios at www.huntergeist.com.