Examination & Accreditation

Examinations for high speeds will be by live dictation by arrangement with the IPS (Incorporated Phonographic Society) whose examination fees currently start at £9.00 per examination.  This will be arranged through the Principal, Mary Sorene, who is its current Chairman.   These fees will be required to be paid by the student direct to the IPS, but they should only be undertaken once you are sufficiently proficient at that speed by writing, when practising, at least 20 wpm above the examination speed being attempted.  The IPS examination is not a realtime one, but an edited transcript, but, as always, without any audio back-up.  For realtime tests you need to be writing 40 wpm above the examination speed being attempted.  Again, no audio back-up is allowed, but, in any event, this is a test of your “first draft” of your output.  Check out the IPS website: www.the-ips.org.uk.

Earlier speed examinations, i.e., up to and including 150 wpm will be conducted in-house with certificates issued for passes of at least 98% accuracy.

Following completion of basic theory students/participants who wish to undertake Speech-to-Text work, will need to undertake Deaf Awareness Training via Signature, formerly known as the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP).   The “Start Learning Today” option on their website, www.signature.org.uk, will help you in your search for a suitable centre.

Accreditation via the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters www.bivr.org.uk is your next qualification

To become a Registered Speech to Text Reporter  with NRCPD – The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People you need to show that you know about speech to text reporting and professional conduct.

To be eligible for this category you must have achieved CACDP Level 3 Certificate for LSPs working with Deaf and Deafblind People (Verbatim Speech-to-Text Reporting) or meet the following criteria:

  • Be a member of the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR) or hold an equivalent speed qualification, i.e. IPS, Pitman’s, CART; and
  • have achieved the CACDP Level 3 Certificate for LSPs working with Deaf and Deafblind People (Speech to Text Reporting); or
  • Passed the NRCPD professional competence assessment.  (source: http://www.nrcpd.org.uk/page.php?content=68)