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What does CRR mean? As court reporters, we all know CRR stands for Certified Realtime Reporter – that coveted certification that allows us to shout with pride that we possess skills such as writing realtime at speeds of 180 words per minute on literary material for five minutes at 96% accuracy; writing conflict-free theory; writing numbers, roman, cardinal, ordinal; using flag alphabet to spell words letter by letter, and much more.
But what really does CRR mean to you as a professional? What does it mean to you as a firm owner? What does it mean to you as a freelance reporter? What does it mean to the courts? What does it mean to the official court reporter? I’d like to explore each one of these questions in an attempt to perhaps encourage at least one reader of this article to challenge him or herself to strive to this level of professionalism – obtaining your Certified Realtime Reporter designation.
As a professional, the CRR designations garners from your peers respect – respect for you as a skillful writer and respect that you’ve taken the extra step to improve your standing in the profession.
As a firm owner, hiring reporters who have attained the designation of CRR allows for marketing opportunities to your clients; ensures you a level of comfort that this reporter will provide usually an excellent realtime product to your client and potentially creates an environment for your client that establishes a long-lasting relationship for you.
As a freelance reporter with a CRR, you have a marketing ability that is surpassed by no other certification in the promotion of accurate realtime reporting to firm owners, lawyers, arbitrators and other end users. Don’t hesitate to take pride in promoting your hard work in achieving the CRR to each of these users of our realtime product.
The courts throughout the country recognize the CRR designation as a benchmark for realtime reporting quality. In my home state of California, where many official reporters are unionized, reporters with the CRR designation are first to be hired, are offered additional pay, and offered complex trials – which means more money and more challenges.
As an official, as pointed out in the above paragraph, your CRR designation opens up many doors: more pay, more challenging cases, more opportunity to be hired and always commands respect of the bench and the bar.
So in closing, take a moment to reflect on what you have accomplished in this great profession of court reporting. Every one of you has accomplished the arduous task of committing to at least two years of court reporting school – which I personally believe commands a great deal of respect in and of itself. Make the additional commitment at the personal level to achieve the CRR which, in turn, provides our profession with one more professional promoting what our job is really about – realtime reporting and the services and products that secure our future of court reporting!
(You may find the details about eligibility and registering for the CRR here.)
About the Author
Sandy is a freelance reporter in California and specializes in the realtime reporting of complex litigation. She is a Certified Realtime Reporter, a Registered Professional Reporter, a recent Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters, a past president of CCRA, and the current co-chair of the NCRA Technology Evaluation Committee. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.