Court/Shorthand Reporter



Who is the licensing body responsible for Court/Shorthand Reporters?

In Alberta, to call yourself a Certified Shorthand Reporter, you must be a registered member of the Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association (ASRA). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR).

What are the registration requirements for applicants with international education and experience?

To register as a CSR in Alberta, you must have graduated from an accredited school. In Canada, the only accredited school is NAIT. Internationally educated applicants seeking work or training are encouraged to contact the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Captioning and Court Reporting program directly for further assistance.

What are the educational requirements for Court/Shorthand Reporters in Alberta?

ASRA recommends that prospective legal and realtime reporters take their training in a program approved by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton offers a two-year Captioning and Court Reporting diploma program approved by the NCRA.

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

There are no formal English requirements for Court/Shorthand Reporters; however, Court/Shorthand Reporters must have an exceptionally high level of English in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in order to be successful in the profession. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants offers Clear Communications for Business to help you integrate into the Canadian work force. Topics include Active Listening, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Visit the Job Success Groups on the Study Groups page for more information on this service and eligibility criteria.

What information resources are available for Court/Shorthand Reporters in Alberta?

Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association (ASRA) 

NOTE: At the time that this information was published, ASRA was having trouble with its email system. Internationally educated Court/Shorthand Reporters are encouraged to telephone the office. 

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