As a California court reporter (CSR) with a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) designation from the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), I have been required for years to earn continuing education (CE) points to maintain my RPR designation. Interestingly enough, I have not been required to earn CE points for my CSR license.
Although I have heard grumblings at times from the reporting community on this requirement, I personally have never looked at this requirement as a burden. As I’ve attended seminars all over the country meeting some wonderful reporters and vendors, I have always embraced this requirement and have been thankful for its existence. With the ever-changing technology in the legal and reporting arena, I can’t imagine that it’s possible to work as a reporter and to stay current without spending some time in a classroom, at a webcast, or at some training session. I must point out at this point that I could report in California without the RPR designation. One only needs a CSR to work here.
Well, I was thrilled last week to learn that Assembly Bill 671 has cleared the Senate floor. AB671 was co-sponsored by the Deposition Reporters Association (DRA) and the California Court Reporters Association (CCRA). The bill will enact continuing education requirements on California CSRs. Hooray to DRA and CCRA! This reporter thinks this bill is necessary and will make all of us in the profession stronger.