About Washington Court Reporters Association
The mission of the Washington Court Reporters Association (WCRA) is to promote the profession of court reporting. It is the objective of this professional association to maintain a membership base composed of court reporters, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), and captioners whose values are consistent with the ethical standards promulgated by the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics. WCRA represents its members in the state legislature on issues impacting court reporting, CART, and captioning.
All members are encouraged to obtain the highest professional certificates available in the state of Washington and nationally. Additionally, WCRA, through its committees, task forces, and Executive Board offers its members conferences and seminars to keep current with state-of-the-art technology affecting the profession of court reporting.
Season’s Greetings! I hope everyone had an opportunity to set aside some time and enjoy your family and friends during this extra busy time of year.
Now that the New Year is upon us, we at WCRA are ready to get back to work. Recently, December 11th, 2017, the DOL had a stakeholder’s meeting, which was attended by some of our members and committee chairs. The subject was WAC Chapter 308-14 and future CCR testing. The topics discussed were more testing per year for new CCR’s, online testing, allowing graduates from an approved program to apply for reciprocity or for the DOL to approve a license for a student of an approved program who passes an equivalent NCRA-approved exam.
More research is being done on these topics and we are looking forward to the next stakeholder’s meeting to hopefully have more answers to move forward with getting more CCR’s out in the workforce.
The next meeting will also cover our equal terms rules. These meetings are important, as it’s our chance to communicate with our overseeing government agency to protect and preserve professional standards. We had a very small turnout at this meeting. Just remember that these are meetings where decisions can be made that affect each one of us. They are open to all stakeholders, so we hope to see more of you at the next one.
We are also working with our attorney to be able to provide a form for our members to use to protect themselves regarding compliance with equal terms when working with court reporting firms.
February is right around the corner and that means Court Reporting and Captioning Week February 10-17. Stay tuned for activities you can participate in to promote our great profession.
Also, please mark your calendars for our Spring Seminar, which will be April 21st this year at Green River Community College. We already have some great speakers lined up for you.
On behalf of WCRA I’d like to wish you all a prosperous and Happy New Year. I hope we all usher in 2018 with a purpose and meet or exceed our goals we have for ourselves, whether personally or professionally.
Wendy S. Raymond