Hawaii residents with an interest in becoming courtroom reporters will be glad to know that this state does not require its professionals to be licensed in order to work in the field. With that said, however, they still have to possess some level of formal education and/or training in order to be considered for positions.
The level of education and/or training that they will require will depend upon the exact job that they wish to have within the field. For this reason, it is wise to know exactly what kind of a court reporter you wish to be and in which capacity you want to work before you embark on any kind of formal training.
For many court reporters, a simple associate’s degree is plenty to get them started in the field. Associate’s degrees can be earned from just about any community college, and, on average, they only take about two years to earn.
Many associate’s degree programs are designed with working adults or those with other obligations in mind, and, as such, a majority of the classes may be offered online or in the evenings. As an added bonus, most associate’s degree programs are far cheaper than traditional undergraduate programs.
Some people in the field, usually those hoping to advance or who wish for higher salaries, will choose to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree programs generally take about four years to complete, or two if an associate’s degree was earned previously.
Having a bachelor’s degree can allow you to start out at a better position and at a better salary as a court reporter. Alternately, some people pursue bachelor’s degrees in related areas and then complete courtroom reporting certifications or training programs to supplement their education.
Of course, not everyone who works in the field will have an actual degree. Some will merely complete training or certificate granting programs. These can be acceptable for some workplaces. It is up to you to check with the workplace of your choice to see if such a program is adequate to get you hired for the position that you want.
These programs vary in length, intensity, and focus, so it is quite easy to find one that will work with your schedule and, more importantly, your career goals. Do keep in mind, though, that, when accepted, these programs will usually start you out at the bottom of the career totem pole.
No matter what type of education you decide to pursue for yourself, the most important thing is that you learn the skills that you will need to ultimately succeed in the field.
You should know how to use all of the technology associated with your particular method of courtroom reporting, and you should also have a good handle on the lingo and responsibilities of working in the field. Of course, a lot of what you will need to know can only be taught through experience, but a good foundation is key.