71.1. Education requirements.
- Preprofessional education. The preliminary education requirement for the certified shorthand reporter license shall be graduation from high school or its equivalent.
- Professional study. To meet the professional study requirement, the applicant shall present evidence of the completion of technical study in manual or machine shorthand reporting from a postsecondary school, or private instruction consisting of 1,300 hours. Such study or instruction shall be designed to develop:
- shorthand skills to achieve a minimum speed of 180 words per minute on three or four voice dictation of material of average syllabic density and transcription thereof;
- typing skills of 50 words per minute;
- proficiency in grammar, vocabulary and punctuation; and
- familiarity with medical and legal terminology and court or hearing procedures.
71.2. Experience requirements.
- The applicant shall submit satisfactory evidence of at least three years' experience as a full-time verbatim shorthand reporter using either manual shorthand or shorthand writing machine.
- In lieu of the professional study and experience requirements, five years of experience as a full-time verbatim shorthand reporter acceptable to the State Board for Certified Shorthand Reporting may be accepted by the department.
71.3*. Licensing examinations.
The department may accept a passing score on an examination determined by the State Board for Certified Shorthand Reporting to be acceptable for licensure as a certified shorthand reporter.