Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters
Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
New Rules for Reciprocal Certification of Veterans and Other Persons
On December 18, 2014, the Iowa Supreme Court adopted rule amendments providing for reciprocal certification of veterans who hold a valid reporting license in good standing in another state. Those amendments also included provisions for satisfaction of experience or education requirements for certification based on military education, training, or service obtained or completed in military service. On October 15, 2015, the Iowa Supreme Court adopted rule amendments providing for reciprocal certification of any person who holds a valid reporting license in good standing in another state. For purposes of both reciprocal certification provisions, the certification requirements of the other jurisdiction in which the applicant is licensed must be substantially equivalent to the standard of the National Court Reporters Association for the earned designation of Registered Professional Reporter. Application forms implementing the new rules are available on the Shorthand Reporter Forms page.
Notice of Written Examination Dates
The written examination for candidates who are Registered Professional Reporters (RPR) in good standing is administered at set dates through the year, in addition to the normal complete examination dates in September and March. The following dates have been scheduled for administration of the written examination. (Only the written examination will be given on these dates.) Unless otherwise specified, the examination will begin at 1:30 p.m. on each of these days, at the Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. The 30 day application deadline set in Iowa Court Rule 46.4 does apply to the written examination dates.
January 27, 2017, 1:30 P.M., Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines
April 21, 2017, 1:30 P.M., Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines
June 9, 2017, 1:30 P.M., Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines
July 21, 2017, 1:30 P.M., Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines
October 20, 2017, 1:30 P.M., Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines
December 8, 2017, 1:30 P.M., Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines
Notice of Complete Examination Dates
The complete examination (skills and written) for candidates who are not Registered Professional Reporters (RPR) is administered twice each year, on the second Saturday in September and the second Saturday in March. The established dates through 2018 are listed below. Unless otherwise specified, candidates must report no later than 8:00 a.m. on these days. The 30 day application deadline set in Iowa Court Rule 46.4 does apply to the complete examination dates.
March 11, 2017, 8 A.M., Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines
September 9, 2017, 8 A.M., Location to be Announced
March 10, 2017, 8 A.M., Location to be Announced
September 8, 2018, 8 A.M., Location to be Announced
Notice of Board Meeting Dates
The Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters holds regular meeting twice each year, on the day preceding administration of the complete examination. The regular meeting dates through 2018 are listed below. Unless otherwise specified, meetings begin at 4 p.m. and are conducted at the Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.
March 10, 2017
September 8, 2017
March 9, 2018
September 7, 2018
Rules Regarding Certified Shorthand Reporters
Rules pertaining to certified shorthand reporters now appear at chapter 46 of the Iowa Court Rules. Fees payable with respect to reports and several kinds of applications were changed in 2008. The complete chapter 46 is available here: Chapter 46
The Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters
The Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters administers the examination and certification process for shorthand reporters in Iowa. The board also administers continuing education requirements and disciplinary actions with respect to shorthand reporters. The board advises the court on policies regarding shorthand reporting in Iowa. For more information contact: BoardofExaminers.ShorthandReporters@iowacourts.gov
The board is composed of five members – three certified shorthand reporters and two members representing the general public. Members are appointed for a term of three years unless appointed to fill a vacancy in an unexpired term. Members shall not serve more than three terms or nine years, whichever is less. The following persons currently serve on the board:
The Honorable Thomas W. Mott, Newton, Chair
Sarah Kleber, Sioux City
Tonya R. Gerke, State Center
Brenda L. Pace, Treynor
Brook Blackwell, Oskaloosa
Internet Filing of the Annual Continuing Education Report
The online CSR reporting module is one part of the professional regulation web site maintained by the office of Supreme Court Commissions. Online reporting became required commencing with the report due at the conclusion of the reporting year ending September 30, 2008. A tutorial for certified shorthand reporters on use of the online reporting module is available here: Tutorial.
The professional regulation site can be viewed at: http://www.iacourtcommissions.org
The Iowa Certified Shorthand Reporter examination is held the second Saturday each March and September at the Iowa Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. (The Iowa Judicial Branch Building is on the State Capitol complex, and should not be confused with the Polk County Courthouse at 5th & Mulberry in downtown Des Moines.).
If an applicant is a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) in good standing under the rules of the National Court Reporter Association (NCRA), he or she 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. When the written test is passed and verification is made of the applicant’s RPR status, the applicant will be notified by the board of his or her certification date. The CSR certificate will be mailed to the applicant.
If an applicant is not a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) applicant, he or she will be required to take and pass both the written and skills portions of the Iowa examination. If the applicant has taken and passed the written examination within the past five years, it will not be necessary for that applicant to take the written portion again. The applicant will be required to submit written certification to the Board of Shorthand Examiners that his or her training and experience comply with one of the following:
- Attained proficiency of 200 wpm or more in a shorthand reporting course; or
- Had at least two years of experience as a shorthand reporter in making verbatim records of judicial or related proceedings; or
- 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.
Further information is available from the Board's administrative office at telephone (515) 725-8029.
Iowa Court Rule 46.8 requires that every active certified shorthand reporter complete at least three continuing education units within each three-year reporting period. One actual hour of continuing education equals .1 continuing education credit. The annual reporting cycle runs from October 1 through September 30th. Continuing education requirements and the three-year reporting cycle for newly certified reporters commence October 1st of the year following the year the report is certified.
The Board’s administrative office provides each active certified shorthand reporter an annual reminder each year by regular mail. These reminders generally are mailed during the last week in September of the first week in October. Reporters who are NOT NCRA Registered Professional Reporters (and any other reporter who elects to report continuing activities actually attended instead of submitting evidence of satisfaction of NCRA RPR requirements) must report online all CEUs earned for attending continuing education activities during the reporting year. NCRA Registered Professional Reporters who meet Iowa continuing education rules by complying with NCRA requirements for retention on its Registry of Professional Reporters are allowed to certify their continuing compliance with the NCRA requirements and provide evidence of that compliance when they submit their report online, in lieu of reporting individual continuing education events.
A reporter is permitted to claim credit for events approved by the NCRA or the ICRA, in an amount not exceeding the credit approved by those organizations. A reporter also is permitted to claim credit for events not approved by the NCRA or the ICRA, but only in these events previously have been approved for credit by the Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters.
Iowa Court Rule 46.8(2) authorizes the Board, in individual cases involving disability, hardship, or extenuating circumstances, to grants waivers or extensions of time within which to fulfill the minimum continuing education requirements. The Board does grant extensions of time when circumstances warrant, but generally does not grant outright waivers of the requirements. A reporter must provide a reasonably detailed and specific statement of the hardship or extenuating circumstance upon which the application is based, and a reasonably specific statement of the relief the reporter is seeking.
Certified shorthand reporters who are not actively engaged in practice in Iowa may obtain from the Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters a certificate of exemption from continuing education requirements. A CSR who receives a certificate of exemption may not engage in the practice of shorthand reporting in Iowa without first complying with the regulations regarding reinstatement from exemption. Requirements for reinstatement are set out in Iowa Court Rule 46.8(4), which should be reviewed carefully before submitting an application for exemption. Reinstatement from exemption generally requires payment of a fee, the filing of a reinstatement application, and showing satisfaction of the continuing education requirements the reporter would have performed had he or she remained active during the period of the exemption. In addition, remaining in exempt status for more than three years may preclude reinstatement and require passing the examination again unless the reporter remains active in another state or the District of Columbia while exempt in Iowa.