How to Become a Court Reporter

How do you become a court reporter.  What kind of court reporting schools and online court reporting schools are available?

How much does court reporting school cost? Costs may vary thousands of dollars depending on the type of court reporting school. Cost is not a measure of quality.  Proprietary or for profit schools tend to be the most expensive form of training.

How long is traditional court reporting school, and how long is online court reporting school?  Ask the court reporting school for the average graduate time of completion, not what the program is based on.

Does it cost more to train for closed captioning and CART providing, and are they taught in online court reporting schools?

What exactly will I have to learn in court reporting training?  What criteria should I look for when assessing court reporting schools?

How do I find a court reporting job?  What about closed captioning jobs and CART providing?  Are there really court reporting jobs, closed captioning jobs, and CART Providing jobs available?  What court reporter certification examinations must I pass to work as a court reporter, broadcast captioner, or CART provider?

Is captioning training the same as court reporting training, and do all court reporting schools teach captioning?

Though similar, captioning is different from traditional court reporting training.  Most theories used by traditional court reporting schools do not have a captioning foundation, and most do not teach formatting techniques for captioning. Court Reporting and Captioning at Home provides a comprehensive captioning program, and The Realtime Reporting and Captioning Theory is the only NCRA-approved theory with a captioning foundation developed specifically for online training.

Court reporting is sometimes referred to as court recording, and court reporters may be referred to as court recorder or court recorders.  The terms court stenographer and court stenographers also apply to the career of court reporting.

Traditional court reporting schools and online court reporting schools are based upon quarters, semesters, or credit hours. The “Court Reporting and Captioning at Home” program is the only self-paced, online court reporting program, allowing students to complete their training more quickly than they can in a traditional court reporting school, and at an affordable cost.

There are approximately 32 NCRA- (National Court Reporters Association) approved, accredited court reporting schools in the U.S. today. Depending on various estimates, there are approximately that many more that are not NCRA-approved or accredited. NCRA court reporting school approval or accreditation should not be your determining factor in acquiring a quality education. Many of these accredited, NCRA-approved court reporting programs are not owned by court reporters and have faculties severely lacking in credentialed court reporters. The success and survival rate has been dismal for many of these accredited schools. NCRA records indicate that in 1998 there were approximately 365 accredited, NCRA-approved schools in the U.S.  Less than a third of those schools are in business today.  Accreditation and NCRA approval simply mean a court reporting school has met minimal standards and requirements, not that it has exceeded minimum standards, and it does not ensure the court reporting school is necessarily a wonderful training program.

Court Reporting and Captioning at Home is owned by a court reporter who holds the RMR (Registered Merit Reporter) credential with an extensive background in court reporting, closed captioning, and CART providing.  This experience, together with state-of-the-art court reporting, captioning, and CART Providing  training materials, and a support staff comprised only of credentialed court reporters, captioners, and CART providers, makes Court Reporting and Captioning at Home the best choice for quality real time education certification preparation, and professional development.  Court Reporting and Captioning at Home is celebrating 16 successful years of real time court reporting, captioning, and CART Providing training.

The “Court Reporting and Captioning at Home” program has the only NCRA-approved theory, the most important component of your training, developed specifically for online training. Opting for self paced training rather than quarter, semester, or credit hour training allows the “Court Reporting and Captioning at Home” student to complete training much faster than possible in traditional court reporting schools, sometimes 2 to 3 years faster, at an affordable cost. Learn more about the cost to train to enter the career of court reporting, captioning, and CART providing.

These three careers are listed by the Department of Labor as three of the fastest growing careers in the U.S., with growth expected to exceed 18% over the next 6 to 7 years. Court Reporting and Captioning at Home is the only program developed to train you for all three realtime court reporting careers simultaneously.