West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Class in SessionThe Court Reporting Department offers day and evening classes. Also, distance learning opportunities are available for some classes. A summer session is offered each year for speed building classes. Please see the class listing to view of the many courses we offer throughout the year.

Keyboarding and basic computer skills will be required for students in the Court Reporting Program. There are many courses available at West Valley College to help students develop those skills.


Student studyingEnglish skills are also extremely important in court reporting. Review and advanced English courses are available and recommended for any students wanting to improve their English skills. The entire court reporting program takes approximately four years to complete. Some students complete in less time; others take longer. Much depends upon the amount of time a student devotes to study and practice. The machine portion of the program usually requires the longest amount of time necessary to develop the speed accuracy to pass the state examination.

In order to work as a court report in California, one must pass a state licensing examination. West Valley College qualifies students to take this examination upon completion of the courses listed on the program information page. Courses taken at other schools maybe a basis for waiver. It will be necessary to submit transcripts for evaluation.

Please see check the latest West Valley Classes Schedule for detailed information regarding time and location.
All classes have a Pass/No Pass Option, Transfer: CSU
Course No. Course Title Description Prerequisite Note
CTR007A Court Reporting Theory I Develop ability to use electronic steno writer and computer-compatible stenotype theory to write in real-time and read back basic English vocabulary. This course may be repeated three times.   $10 lab fee
CTR 007B Court Reporting Theory II The student will apply the knowledge developed in CTR 007A and expand the use of prefixes, suffixes and word parts in the real-time writing of a computer-compatible stenotype theory. This course may be repeated three times. CTR007A $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 008A 80 WPM Speed Goal Adv theory concepts to enhance speed development. Designed to expand English vocabulary. CTR 006B $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 008B 80 WPM Speed Goal Adv theory concepts to enhance speed development. Designed to expand medical terminology. CTR008A $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 008C 80 WPM Speed Goal Adv theory concepts to enhance speed development. Focus on legal terminology. CTR 008A or 008B $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 008D 80 WPM Speed Goal Increase speed and expand knowledge of medical terminology CTR 008A or 008B or 008C $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 010A 100 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand English vocabulary. CTR 008A or 008B or 008C or 008D $10 lab fee; distance earning.
CTR 010B 100 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand medical vocabulary. CTR 010A $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 010C 100 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from relevant material with focus on legal vocabulary. CTR 010A or 010B $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 010D 100 WPM Speed Goal Prepares students for competency goal by use of instructional materials and testing. CTR 010A or 010B or 010C $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 012A 120 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand English vocabulary. Any one of CTR 010 A-D or CTR 010S $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 012B 120 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand medical vocabulary. CTR012A $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 012C 120 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from relevant material with focus on legal vocabulary CTR 012A or 012B $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 012D 120 WPM Speed Goal Prepares students for competency goal by use of instructional materials and testing. CTR 012A or 012B or 012C $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 014A 140 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand English vocabulary. Any one of CTR 012 A-D or CTR 012S $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 014B 140 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand medical vocabulary. CTR 014A $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 014C 140 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from relevant material with focus on legal vocabulary. CTR 014A or 014B $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 014D 140 WPM Speed Goal Prepares students for competency goal by use of instructional materials and testing. CTR 014A or 014B or 014C $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 016A 160 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand English vocabulary. Any one of CTR 014 A-D or CTR 014S $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 016B 160 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand medical vocabulary. CTR016A $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 016C 160 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from relevant material with focus on legal vocabulary. CTR 016A or 016B $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 016D 160 WPM Speed Goal Prepares students for competency goal by use of instructional materials and testing. CTR 016A or 016B or 016C $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 018A 140 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand English vocabulary. Any one of CTR 016 A-D or CTR 016S $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 018B 140 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand medical vocabulary. CTR 018A $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 018C 140 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from relevant material with focus on legal vocabulary. CTR 018A or 018B $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 018D 140 WPM Speed Goal Prepares students for competency goal by use of instructional materials and testing. CTR 018A or 018B or 018C $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 020 Lab This course is designed to provide high-speed, live dictation to students who presently write at 160 words per minute and who are preparing to pass qualifying examinations for state or national court reporting certification or who plan to enter areas of employment utilizing realtime stenotype output. This course may be repeated three times. Any one of CTR 016 A-D or CTR 016S $10 lab fee
CTR 020A 160 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand English vocabulary. CTR 018A or 018B or 018C or 018D or 018S $10 lab fee; distance learning
CTR 020B 160 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand medical vocabulary. CTR020A $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 020C 160 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from relevant material with focus on legal vocabulary. CTR 020A or 020B $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 020D 160 WPM Speed Goal Prepares students for competency goal by use of instructional materials and testing. CTR 020A or 020B or 020C $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 022 Lab This course is designed to provide high-speed, live dictation to students who presently write at 200 words per minute and who are preparing to pass qualifying examinations for state or national court reporting certification or who plan to enter areas of employment utilizing real-time stenotype output. This course may be repeated three times. Any one of CTR 016 A-D or CTR 016S $10 lab fee
CTR 022A 220 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand English vocabulary. CTR 020A or 020B or 020C or 020D or 020S $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 022B 220 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from literary sources, jury charge, business letters and two-voice. Designed to expand medical vocabulary. CTR 022A $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 022C 220 WPM Speed Goal Increase competency by dictation from relevant material with focus on legal vocabulary. CTR 022A or 022B $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 022D 220 WPM Speed Goal Prepares students for competency goal by use of instructional materials and testing. CTR 022A or 022B or 022C $10 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 030A Realtime and Computer-Aided Basic Dictionary Building Students receive instruction in basic English text entry and non technical dictionary building on an electronic stenotype machine. Using specialized computer software, students create personal dictionaries of several thousand words. CTR 06B1 or CTR 006B  
CTR 030B Realtime and Computer-Aided Legal Dictionary Building Students receive instruction in legal text entry; and legal dictionary building on an electronic stenotype machine. CTR 06B1 or CTR 006B  
CTR 030C Realtime and Computer-Aided Medical Dictionary Building Students receive instruction in medical text entry and medical dictionary building on an electronic stenotype machine. CTR 06B1 or CTR 006B  
CTR 042A Certified Shorthand Reporter's Review I Increase competency by dictation from relevant material with focus on legal vocabulary. CTR 026 and 034 and 038  
CTR 042B Certified Shorthand Reporter's Review II Preparation for CSR examination with emphasis on English and legal terminology. CTR 026 and 034 and 038  
CTR 044 Court Reporting Apprenticeship Transcript production of actual court and deposition proceedings. Mandated by CR Board. Any one of CTR 018A-D and 018S  
CTR 091 Directed Studies Practice and enhance stenotype skills for exam.    
CTR 092 Directed Studies Students who have completed court reporting theory and are eligible to enroll for speed building classes, but for reasons of certifiable conditions outside their control, are unable to meet full requirements for credit in speed building class, may enter into a contract for prorated fulfillment of course requirements.   $10 lab fee
CTR 093 Directed Studies Students who have completed court reporting theory and are eligible to enroll for speed building classes, but for reasons of certifiable conditions outside their control, are unable to meet full requirements for credit in speed building class.   $10 lab fee
CTR 301 Court Reporting Occupational Work Experience Cooperative Work Experience Education offers qualified students working and learning in jobs relating to their career and educational goals (Court Reporting).   5 weekly hours
CTR 302 Court Reporting Occupational Work Experience Cooperative Work Experience Education offers qualified students working and learning in jobs relating to their career and educational goals (Court Reporting).   10 weekly hours
CTR 303 Court Reporting Occupational Work Experience Cooperative Work Experience Education offers qualified students working and learning in jobs relating to their career and educational goals (Court Reporting).   15 weekly hours
CTR 304 Court Reporting Occupational Work Experience Cooperative Work Experience Education offers qualified students working and learning in jobs relating to their career and educational goals (Court Reporting).   20 weekly hours
CTR 50X1 Court Reporting Workshop Goal 80 Night Students will review theory and operation of the stenotype machine in the continuing education program. Emphasis in this course is placed on speed building and accurate transcription of new material for five minutes at 80 wpm with at least 97.5% accuracy. CTR 06B1 or 050S or any one of 008A-D $10 lab fee
CTR 51X1 Court Reporting Workshop Goal 100 Night Skill development in operation of stenotype machine to enable students to pass competency test. Any one of CTR 008A -D or 010A-D or 050S or 050X or 051S $10 lab fee
CTR 52X1 Court Reporting Workshop Goal 120 Night Skill development in operation of stenotype machine to enable students to pass competency test. Any one of CTR 010A -D or 012A-D or 050S or 050X or 051S $10 lab fee
CTR 53X1 Court Reporting Workshop Goal 140 Night Skill development in operation of stenotype machine to enable students to pass competency test. Any one of CTR 012A-D or 014A-D or 050S or 050X or 051S $10 lab fee
CTR06A1 Court Reporting Theory I Stenotype machine, computer-compatible theory, reading ability and machine dexterity will be studied.   $5 lab fee
CTR 06B1 Court Reporting Theory II The student will apply the knowledge developed in CTR 06A1 and learn prefixes, suffixes and special endings of a given computer-compatible theory. CTR 06A1 or CTR 006A or CTR 007A $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 008S 80 WPM Speed Goal   CTR 06B1 $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 010S 100 WPM Speed Goal Intensive practice dictation to prepare for competency tests at this level. Any one of CTR 008A-D or CTR 008S $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 012S 120 WPM Speed Goal Intensive practice dictation to prepare for competency tests at this level. Any one of CTR 010A-D or CTR 010S $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 014S 140 WPM Speed Goal Intensive practice dictation to prepare for competency tests at this level. Any one of CTR 012A-D or CTR 012S $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 016S 160 WPM Speed Goal Intensive practice dictation to prepare for competency tests at this level. Any one of CTR 014A-D or CTR 010S $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 018B 180 WPM Speed Goal Intensive practice dictation to prepare for competency tests at this level. Any one of CTR 016A-D or CTR 016S $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 020S 200 WPM Speed Goal Intensive practice dictation to prepare for competency tests at this level. Any one of CTR 018A-D or CTR 018S $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 020X Lab This short-term summer course is designed for students who wish to gain the speed and accuracy required to pass state and national licensing examinations (held in the autumn months) in court reporting and realtime captioning. Any one of CTR 020A-D $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 022S 220 WPM Speed Goal Intensive practice dictation to prepare for competency tests at this level. CTR 020A or 020B or 020C $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 022X Lab The dictation contains a variety of relevant material containing vocabulary applicable to the profession, including multivoice courtroom testimony, congressional record, and material from medical and literary sources.   $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 050S CTR Workshop 80 Students will review theory and operation of the stenotype machine in the continuing education program. CTR 006B, CTR 050X or Any one of CTR 008A-D $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 051S Court Reporting Workshop (Goal 100) Night Skill development in operation of stenotype machine to enable students to pass competency test. Any one of CTR 008A-D or 010A-D or 050S or 050X or 051X $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 052S Court Reporting Workshop (Goal 120) Night Skill development in operation of stenotype machine to enable students to pass competency test. Any one of CTR 010A-D or 012A-D or 051S or 051X or 052X $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR53S Court Reporting Workshop (Goal 140) Night Skill development in operation of stenotype machine to enable students to pass competency test. Any one of CTR 012A-D or 014A-D or 052S or 052X or 053X $5 lab fee; distance learning.
CTR 091S Directed Studies Students who have completed court reporting theory and are eligible to enroll for speed building classes, but for reasons of certifiable conditions outside their control, are unable to meet full requirements for credit in speed building class.   $5 lab fee
CTR 092S Directed Studies Students who have completed court reporting theory and are eligible to enroll for speed building classes, but for reasons of certifiable conditions outside their control, are unable to meet full requirements for credit in speed building class.   $5 lab fee
CTR 093S Directed Studies Students who have completed court reporting theory and are eligible to enroll for speed building classes, but for reasons of certifiable conditions outside their control, are unable to meet full requirements for credit in speed building class.   $5 lab fee
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