Does Joining FCRA Make Sense for Court Reporters?

 Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Joining your state and national associations can be valuable as an asset to your career. In some cases, it may be mandatory to enter these types of trade organizations, but it’s not always the case. In this week’s blog, we uncover some reasons why you should consider joining that will make more sense for you to advance as a court reporter, stenographer or transcriptionist.

First, let’s talk about what the FCRA is and how it differs from the NCRA. The Florida Court Reporters Association is a local state entity whose mission is to perfect the science of shorthand verbatim reporting. They are a non-profit organization, and their purpose is to serve both the courts or judicial system as well as the reporters. The National Court Reporters Association is a national is a much old organization and acts on a larger scale to protect the court reporters and the courts as an integral society of professionals. Then you also have the United States Court Reporters Association who serves people such as the president of the United States and focuses on issues with the federal court systems. Any of these organizations are reliable places for you to have a membership.

Why should you join? There are many reasons one should consider joining these types of associations. Networking is one big one. If you’re looking to grow in your career or relocate, it helps to know people who you may count on to point you in the right direction. Get involved, follow their calendars and attend events.

The other consideration you may want to ponder is that of honing your skills. Many of these non-profs schedule continuing education, give you tips on how to improve on speed and accuracy, etc., Another part that a lot of people who are confident compete with other court reporters to win prizes and recognition.

Lastly, there are deals on equipment. If you need a new stenograph machine, then it might make sense to buy one-second hand, and many of the associations provide discounts when you become a member.

The biggest part of joining any one of these organizations and especially the FCRA is to stand with your fellow professionals as a way to show the strength in numbers. While some may think court reporting is a dying profession, when you unite with others doing the same job, you’ll gain traction and continue to fight and keep jobs in the courthouses.

These are just a few reasons you should consider joining the FCRA. We’re sure there are more, but it’s up to you to do you research and due diligence. In the meantime, we hope you will give it some thought.

If you need a court reporter, stenographer or transcriptionist, please contact us directly.

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