Credentials are required in order to participate in the court reporting industry, alongside continuing education to keep those credentials current.
There are records for everything. Tallest man. Shortest woman. Longest fingernails. Longest human tunnel through which a bulldog named Otto can ride a skateboard. Now, as illustrated at the recent convention for the National Court Reporters Association, there is a record for fastest court reporter. Guinness World Records awarded that distinction to Mark Kislingbury, who types at an astonishing 360 words per minute.