Excellent vocabulary, grammar and punctuation are just some of the skills required of a scopist/editor. BIVR-accredited scopists have demonstrated these skills, as well as an ability to understand technology and use bespoke software, and, importantly, being able to work under pressure.

The terms “scopist” and “editor” are commonly used terms to describe someone who works alongside the stenographer, and plays an integral role in finalising the transcript, whether for same-day or delayed delivery. According to Scopes School, an internet scoping school run by the Linda Evenson: “Scoping is what the court reporting industry calls editing. If a court reporter is the writer, a scopist is the editor.”

Membership is awarded after successfully completing: Part I Practical examination; and Part II Multiple-choice theory examination.