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Apply to be a CSR - Certified Shorthand Reporter

This process allows you to apply to take the examination to become a certified shorthand reporter in Iowa. Based on the information you provide, you will receive further instructions from the Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters or its administrative office on the tasks you must complete prior to certification.

If you are a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) in good standing under the rules of the National Court Reporter Association (NCRA), you will only be required to take and pass the written portion of the Iowa examination. The written portion of the test is given on the regular testing dates in March and September, and also on scheduled dates throughout the year. The scheduled dates for the written-only examination are posted at the Board's general web page.

When the written test is passed and verification is made of your RPR test, you will be notified by the Board of your certification date. Your CSR certificate will be mailed to you.

If you are not a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) applicant, you will be required to take and pass both the written and skills portions of the Iowa examination. If you have taken and passed the written examination within the past five years, it will not be necessary for you to take the written portion again. You will be required to submit written certification to the Board of Shorthand Examiners that your training and experience comply with one of the following:

  1. Attained proficiency of 200 wpm or more in a shorthand reporting course; or
  2. Had at least two years of experience as a shorthand reporter in making verbatim records of judicial or related proceedings; or
  3. Graduated from a shorthand reporting school approved by the National Court Reporters Association.

If the proper verification is not provided, you will not be allowed to sit for the examination.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Board's administrative office at telephone (515) 348-4670.

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