Often times, when people are embarking upon a new career, they want to look for all of the “insider secrets” that they can find. They think that if they can just know a few little tips and tricks, they can have a much easier time breaking into the field and succeeding in it once they have made their entry.

For Kansas residents who are planning to start careers as court reporters, however, there really aren’t all that many secrets to reveal. A lot of what these individuals will need to know will be common sense or, at the very least, information that can be arrived at with minimal amounts of research and effort.

There are, though, a few little tips and tricks that can help to make a new career in the field a lot more successful from the get go.

First and foremost, know that the school that is chosen from which to obtain a degree in court reporting is extremely important. Often, people say things like, “The school doesn’t really matter, so long as you get your degree,” but this is not the case in reality.

The school does matter and, in fact, can matter quite a lot. Any school a student attends should be fully accredited first and foremost. If it is not, it does not legally have the authority to grant degrees and thus any “degree” earned from such an institution will not be considered legitimate.

Another helpful tip to consider for Kansas residents is to attend a school that is certified by the National Court Reporters Association. Thankfully, there are plenty of different options, both at a campus or online.

Plus, there is no hard and fast rule that says a student absolutely has to attend a certified school in order to be successful; it can help quite a bit though.

Aside from just schooling, Kansas residents must remember that they may also be required, by law, to be licensed in order to practice in the state, depending on the exact career they choose to go into. Knowing what to expect during the licensing process can be a huge help and can make getting that difficult to earn license a walk in the park.

To become licensed, Kansas residents have to pass the CSR test, which is made up of both a written knowledge test and a practical component.

The practical skills test consists of a technical question and answer session at 180 transcribed, a non-technical question and answer session at 225 transcribed, and a non-technical multiple voice at 200, with one minute chosen for the read back.

The written knowledge section of the test asks questions about medical terminology and/or legal terminology, court proceedings, spelling, Kansas code sections, and general courtroom rules for the state. The testing must be passed with at least 70 percent accuracy and a transcription requirement of 95 percent.