A person may not engage in the practice of court reporting in the State of Georgia unless that person is a certified court reporter or holder of an emergency judicial permit. Court reporting firms shall register with, and receive notification in writing of approval from, the Board prior to doing business in Georgia by completing an application and paying fees as required by the Board of Court Reporting. Certification must be for one or more of the following methods:
- Machine shorthand
- Voice writing; or
- Any method authorized by law
To qualify for certification, a person must pay all required fees, comply with the application procedures, and meet the following requirements:
- At least 18 years of age;
- High school graduate or equivalent;
- Good moral character
Any persons not qualified for certification under Section 11 of Georgia Laws 1974, p. 349 (O.C.G.A. Sec. 15-14-29 (b)) by April 1, 1975, must pass an exam pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. 15-14-30 and Article 3 of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Court Reporting of The Judicial Council of Georgia to become a Certified Court Reporter.
The Board of Court Reporting of The Judicial Council of Georgia adopted the application for testing filed with the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) or the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA) as its official Application for Testing. Any person may apply for certification after achieving a passing score on the NCRA Exam or the NVRA Exam. Previous attainment of a passing score on the NCRA Exam or the NVRA Exam shall satisfy the Board’s NCRA and NVRA testing requirements, respectively.Individuals may access testing information for NCRA at www.ncra.org or NCRA at www.nvra.org.