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.

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Keiser University eCampus Online

For more than 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, career-focused education in fields such as health care, business, criminal justice and information technology. Our one-class-at-a-time schedules allow busy students to focus on their education and balance the demands of work and family. Whether you choose to attend online, on campus, or both you will be part of a caring learning environment led by experienced faculty who bring textbooks to life with real-world challenges and solutions. Our unique combination of a curriculum that is in pace with technology and the skills employers value along with our “students first” approach provides an outstanding academic experience.

Why Keiser University Online

Online Convenience to Help You Achieve Your Goals

From faculty to admissions, our staff is dedicated to your success.

  • Accessible faculty and staff with small classes to ensure personalized attention for each student
  • State-of-the-practice online classroom technology in a user-friendly format to enhance learning
  • Extensive online resources with access to all student services, including registration, instructional materials and an online library system with a wide range of academic journals, e-books, streaming videos, print titles and research databases
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools1
  • Financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify
  • Military-friendly and committed to serving active members of the military, veterans and their families, with scholarships available for those who qualify.
  • Approved for veterans training
  • Transfer credits accepted subject to university approval

Keiser is one of Florida’s largest independent universities and is a valued choice for career-motivated students. We offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in fields that are in demand, and we provide job placement assistance to students and alumni.

Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university.

1 Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University.