What Will I learn in court reporting school?

There are 6 areas of training delineated by category:

  1. Court Reporting Theory
  2. Court Reporting, Captioning, or CART Speed Building
  3. Court Reporting Academics including Court Reporting Transcript Production and Court Reporting Ethics
  4. Court Reporting Software also known as CAT Software /steno dictionary building
  5. Court Reporting Internship – Captioning Internship – CART Providing Internship
  6. Court reporting Certification Preparation

Theory, again, is how you are taught to write on the steno machine. Speed building develops your speed on the steno machine from 60 wpm to 225 wpm. Academics found on court reporting certification examinations generally include: English, grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, court reporting procedures and technology, legal and medical terminology, transcript production and ethics.

Traditional court reporting schools and online court reporting schools generally require 8-10 additional academic courses, most of which do not relate to these careers and which certainly are not found on any certification examination. Those academics may include: algebra, psychology, creative writing, human relations, etc.

Traditional court reporting schools usually require students to take ALL the academics, even if they are already proficient in them, as well as the other academics that do not relate to these careers often extending the student’s training by months if not years.

Court Reporting and Captioning at Home” furnishes ALL the academics found on any state or the national certification examination, and if our students are already proficient in them, they do not have to waste time on them, thereby saving months or years in training.

Most traditional court reporting schools charge students for CAT software. There is no charge for the cost of the CAT software in the “Court Reporting and Captioning at Home” program. Additionally, students are furnished without charge a prebuilt steno dictionary that will save them several hundred hours in training by not having to develop their own from the beginning.

Most court reporting schools and court reporting schools online furnish students an internship/externship. One of the most important elements of court reporting, captioning, or CART providing training is an internship/externship. When the CRAH student is ready, our staff will schedule an internship in your area at hours that are convenient for you. The students will take their steno machines and write alongside  professional reporters, captioners, or CART providers actual assignments to experience what they have learned during their training.

Some traditional court reporting schools prepare their students for certification examinations. The Court Reporting and Captioning at Home program furnishes students with a Certification Preparation Manual, which prepares students to pass state and national certification examinations. The owner and President of “Court Reporting and Captioning at Home” is a past member of the NCRA’s test certification committee whose test was chosen to be administered at the May, 2007 RPR exam. Individuals training with the CRAH program may feel confident the components of this program, including academics, speed building materials, practice dictation, tests, etc., are of the caliber necessary to prepare them to pass any state CSR exam or the national RPR examination. Students may become certified in any state by virtue of training with the CRAH program.

Additionally, the developer of the CRAH program was asked to develop Mock Qualifying Examinations for a court reporting college in California. Mrs. Bland developed the tests; the college dictated them and put them on DVDs for our students to share, allowing CRAH students to have the same type practice materials specifically used to prepare CA and NV students for their state CSR examination.