To become a court reporter, obtain a high school diploma, learn licensing requirements, complete court reporter courses, and pass the state license exam. Some states, however, do not require court reporters to be licensed.
- Complete high school
Get a high school diploma or GED. Attend seminars related to court reporting to get a sense of the job.
- Find out about licensing requirements
Obtain information about licensing requirements in your state. Contact the agency responsible for licensing court reporters in your state. Some states require you to complete a course in court reporting school to be eligible to take the licensing exam. You may be exempt if you have qualified work experience or a license from a different state.
- Determine the necessary qualifications
For states that do not require licensing for court reporters, contact a court reporters association. Ask about the qualifications needed to become a court reporter. Private freelance companies are an alternative source for finding this information.
- Complete court reporter education
Enroll in a trade school or junior college, and take court reporter courses. Certification or an associate’s degree in court reporting improves your chances of becoming a court reporter.
- Pass the sate license exam
Take and pass the license or certification exam required for court reporters in your state. Obtain a license, and apply for work as a court reporter.