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Graduates are educated for interesting and challenging positions of responsibility and trust as official, freelance, legislative reporters, and realtime reporters. Students receiving their Certificate in Court Reporting must complete all requirements for all classes, as well as all graduation requirements listed in the catalog. This program meets or exceeds all requirements of the National Court Reporters Association. Students must take at least 12 credit hours per semester to qualify as a full-time student.

Program Information

  • Academic Level: Undergraduate
  • Academic Credential: Certificate
  • Length of Program: 5 semesters
  • Normal Time Frame to Complete: 75 weeks
  • Maximum Time Frame to Complete: 120 weeks
  • Credit Hours: 55
  • Accepts Transfer of Credit: Yes

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a certificate in court reporting, a student must meet the following requirements by earning 55 hours of credit for court reporting in machine shorthand and other specified courses.  The student must complete the following specific requirements:

  • Pass nine 5-minute dictation tests from unfamiliar material with at least 95 percent accuracy in the following categories: three 180 literary tests, three 200 jury charge tests, three 225 two-voice testimony tests following the college's exit speed requirement policy;
  • Transcribe simulated CSR/RPR skills tests at 180 literary, 200 jury charge, 225 testimony with no more than 3.75 hours transcription time (75 minutes per test);
  • Transcribe a simulated Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) test at 180-200 words per minute for five minutes;
  • Produce a ten-page, first-pass transcript with 95 percent translation within two hours using CAT software;
  • Complete an internship consisting of 60 actual hours of writing time on the shorthand machine and transcribe at least 50 pages from the internship experience;
  • Pass Communications, Court Reporting English, Personal Finance, Advanced Communications, Introduction to Realtime Technology, Court Reporting Processes and Development, Technology I, Advanced Transcript Production, CSR/RPR Preparation, and Courtroom/Court Reporting Practicum.
  • Students who repeat an SB (speedbuilding) course or exceed the standard time frame may be required to take remedial courses or electives each semester. Recommended electives are:  captioning courses, machine shorthand electives or additional English\communications courses.
  • Students must achieve an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all courses completed.

Sample Schedule

A sample schedule is as follows:

5 Semesters -- 55 Credit Hours

Semester 1:  Credits
SB101 Realtime Theory I  6
CR100 Court Reporting English 3
Total Credits: 9

Semester 2:  Credits
SB102 Realtime Theory II 6
C260 Personal Finance 3
C130 Advanced Communications 3
Total Credits: 12

Semester 3:  Credits
SB201 Speedbuilding I 6
CR110 Introduction to Realtime Technology 3
CR120 Court Reporting Processes and Development 3
Total Credits: 12

Semester 4:  Credits
SB202 Speedbuilding II 6
CR210 Technology I 3
TE201 Advanced Transcript Production 3
Total Credits: 12

Semester 5:  Credits
SB203 Speedbuilding III 6
CR280 CSR/RPR Preparation 3
CR290 Courtroom/Court Reporting Practicum 1
Total Credits: 10

Consumer Information

Click Here to view the U.S. Department of Education Consumer Information court reporting certificate program. 

Tuition and Fees

There is a $50 application (registration) fee. We charge by the credit hour. Many speebuilding classes are six credit hours, our academics are three credit hours, and internships are one credit hour. We charge $375 per credit hour.  A monthly payment plan may be arranged whenever necessary. There is no service charge if tuition is paid monthly. A late charge may be assessed when payment is made past the due date. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover may be used for all payments. Financial Aid is also available to those who qualify. The college defines the following based on credit hours enrolled:

  • 12+ Credits = Full-time
  • 9 to 11 Credits = Three-quarter time
  • 6 to 8 Credits = Half-time
  • 1 to 5 Credits = Less than half-time

All tuition, books, and fees are due by the end of the fourth week of the semester. Students who cannot pay their tuition in full by the due date must make payment arrangements through a payment plan with the director of student services. There is no service charge if tuition is paid monthly. A late charge may be assessed when payment is made past the due date. Discover, Visa, and MasterCard may be used for all payments. A full refund will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment contract within six business days after the enrollment agreement is signed. After expiration of the six business days cancellation privilege, the school will retain the $50.00 registration fee.  A full refund will be made to any student who has not visited the college prior to enrollment, and, upon touring the institution or attending the regularly scheduled orientation/classes, the student withdrew from the program within three days.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Click Here to View the Gainful Employment Disclosure Information. Please note that the listed graduation rate is only reflective of graduates who completed within five semesters of enrollment. Graduates take up to eight semesters to complete this skill-based program. College of Court Reporting graduation rates range were 16 percent as reported to the National Court Reporters Association for their annual statistics in 2017 for all graduates who took up to eight semesters.

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