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Elimination of Examination Barrier

Business and Professions Code Section 8020 was sponsored by Senator Liz Figueroa and signed by the Governor effective October 1, 2002. The change to this law eliminates the previous requirement that candidates for the examination had to have experience/education that was current within 5 years preceding the test date.

This means that former court reporting school students who completed studies more than 5 years ago now qualify to take the state exam.

The old code required that if your school education expired after 5 years, then you had to go back to school if you did not take the test before then.

If you are interested in additional information, email or call the board at 916.263.3660. The full text of the new law can be found below.

  • One year of experience in making verbatim records of depositions, arbitrations, hearings, or judicial or related proceedings by means of written symbols or abbreviations in shorthand or machine shorthand writing and transcribing these records.
  • verified certificate of satisfactory completion of a prescribed course of study in a recognized court reporting school or a certificate from the school that evidences an equivalent proficiency and the ability to make a verbatim record of material dictated in accordance with regulations adopted by the board contained in Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.
  • A certificate from the National Court Reporters Association demonstrating proficiency in machine shorthand reporting.
  • A passing grade on the California state hearing reporters examination.
  • A valid certified shorthand reporters certificate or license to practice shorthand reporting issued by a state other than California whose requirements and licensing examination are substantially the same as those in California.