Court Reporter Training

Court reporting training varies with the type of reporting being done, but typically students undergo a 12 to 33-month training program at a vocational school or college. Training programs can lead to a diploma, certificate or associate’s degree, and in some cases a bachelor’s degree for those who plan to go into management. (See our list of recommended programs.)

Some court reporting schools are geared specifically for court reporting, while others provide it among a host of other career training options. Further training is usually done on the job.

Court Reporter Course Content

Court reporting programs largely focus on training students to use specially designed stenography equipment intended to speed up their typing and transcribing abilities. In order to graduate, students usually need to be able to using their equipment to type at least 225 words per minute, the standard speed for most stenography employment. Some schools encourage students to push their speed even higher.

Most schools instruct students in one of the two main methods of transcribing: the stenotype machine or the electronic voice recorder (see: court reporter job description).

 

Common skills taught during training can include:

  • English grammar
  • Dictation
  • Equipment use (depending on the method chosen)
  • Business skills

Many schools also offer career placement services for their graduates, often including resume and cover letter development skills, as well as interview training. Since court reporting is a high-demand occupation, most graduates have little trouble finding employment. Visit the Court Reporter Career Center for more information on careers.

Court Reporter Certification

In addition to formal training, some states require court reporters to be licensed and certified. Some court reporters pursue voluntary certifications in order to be more employable. Certifications are administered by organizations such as the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT), among others. More on certification can be found on the court reporter certification page.

Popular Court Reporting Schools Enrolling Now

Keiser University

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success. Our small class sizes, individualized attention, and one-class-at-a-time schedules create a positive learning environment where you can excel. Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or to advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs.

Keiser University Advantage

  • Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs
  • Day, Evening, and Online Classes
  • Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify
  • Job Placement Assistance Available
  • Military-friendly, scholarships for qualified active duty personnel, Veterans, and dependents. Yellow Ribbon program participant, approved for Veterans training Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.
Programs and delivery format vary by campus. Courses are subject to change.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.

Platt College

Find out where the future can take you with an outstanding college education. At Platt College, you’ll find the career-specific programs and training for the careers you really want. Come explore a variety of career paths that fit your lifestyle in a positive learning environment that combines real-world experience with small, private college instruction. Classes are conveniently scheduled during morning or evening hours to work around outside employment commitments. For working adults, Platt’s curriculum offers a way to continue earning a living while studying for a new career.