Court Reporting Degrees

Students must complete certificates in the following order to fulfill program prequisites for the Court Reporting Certificate:

  1. Scoping and Proofreading
  2. Transcription Technology
  3. Educational Captioning
  4. Court Reporting

Scoping and Proofreading Certificate of Achievement

The Scoping and Proofreading certificate is designed to provide relevant skills to individuals pursuing careers assisting court reporters in the production of certified transcripts of legal proceedings using specialized computer-aided transcription software. Courses are also designed to provide general proofreading skills required for employment outside of the legal environment.

After completing this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Attain fluency in reading and translating stenographic theory language.
  • Apply correct punctuation, English, medical and legal terminology in finalizing verbatim transcripts of legal and other proceedings.
  • Attain proficiency in the practice of computer-aided transcription software for aiding in the production of court reporting transcripts.
  • Write stenographically at a minimum of 80 words per minute on a machine writer.
  • Apply industry-standard techniques of document preparation including formatting of various types of documents.
  • Recognize homonyms and apply correct spelling within context.

Required Core Courses: 35 units

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CTRP 7A Court Reporting Theory I 5 units
READ 53 Critical and Efficient Reading 3 units
ENGL 905 English Fundamentals - A Preparatory 3 units
CTRP 7B Court Reporting Theory II 5 units
CTRP 26 Advanced English & Office Practices for Court Reporting 3 units
CTRP 7C Court Reporting Theory III 5 units
CTRP 30A Real time and Computer-Aided Basic 2 units
CTRP 8 Introduction to the Legal Record: Jury Charge/Literary Focus 6.5 units
CTRP 28A Computer Aided Transcription 2.5 units
Total Major Units   35 units

A Certificate of Achievement as a Scoping and Proofreading can be earned by students who have completed all required courses with at least a grade of “C” or “Pass”.

Transcription Technology and Office Support Certificate of Achievement

This certificate is designed to provide relevant skills to individuals pursuing careers transcribing legal, medical, or general material, and/or providing office technology/office computer applications support. Transcribers, also known as transcriptionists, convert speech (either live or recorded) into written or electronic text documents. Transcription services are often provided for business, legal, or medical purposes. Transcribers may work from home, in hospitals or physicians’ offices, and in various business environments. After completing the certificate in Transcription Technology and Office Support, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in industry-standard computer-aided software to produce accurate transcripts of legal, medical, and general live and audio-recorded material.
  • Write legal, medical, and general subject matter, stenographically, a minimum of 120 words per minute on a machine writer.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Word to provide entry-level office support and to import/produce accurate transcripts of legal, medical, and general live and audio-recorded material.
  • Demonstrate recognition of and correct spelling of legal and medical terminology and English vocabulary.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Excel to create spreadsheets, enter data, and construct basic formulas.
  • Demonstrate understanding of entry-level office support within various business environments, including, but not limited to, law firms and deposition firms.
  • Demonstrate basic software competency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Required Core Courses: 29 units

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CTRP 10 Introduction to the Legal Record: Question and Answer Testimony 6.5 units
ADMJ 3 Principles & Procedures of the Justice 3 units
  OR  
ADMJ 1 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3 units
CTRP 12 Introduction to the Legal Record: Multiple Attorney Focus 6.5 units
PARA 21 Introduction to American Law 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 28 Business Law 3 units
BUSN 42 Beginning Microsoft Word Documents 1 unit
BUSN 46 Excelling With Excel 3 units
HTCH 5 Basic Medical Terminology 3 units
PARA 65B Microsoft Word for the Law Office 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 70 Effective Office Skills 3 units
Total Major Units   29 units

A Certificate of Achievement in Transcription Technology and Office Support can be earned by students who have completed all required courses with at least a grade of “C” or “Pass”.

Before beginning any Court Reporting or Related Technology program, the student should have keyboarding skills of at least 45 words per minute; the Computer Applications program offers keyboarding classes.

Educational Captioning Certificate of Achievement

The Educational Captioning Certificate of Achievement is intended to provide the required academic knowledge, proficiency, and work experience to individuals pursuing careers as educational captioners, also known as Communication Access Real Time Translation providers. Students will be given the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to stenographically write. This certificate includes courses required to qualify students to write accurate real time translation of the spoken word in classroom and meeting settings. This certificate has an academic captioning focus including appropriate procedures for the educational captioner and coverage of ethical issues facing educational captioners. After completing this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Stenographically write the spoken word at 180 words per minute, for computer-aided software translation into English in real time, and produce transcripts with 97.5 percent accuracy
  • Explain correct captioning protocol for classroom and meeting environments.
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to ethical issues facing educational captioners.

Required Core Courses: 26 units

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CTRP 14 Introduction to the Legal Record: Multiple Attorney/Witness Focus 6.5 units
ENGL 1A English Composition 3 units
CTRP 16 Mastering the Legal Record: Complex Data Formatting Focus 6.5 units
CTRP 34A1 Medical Dictation for the Court Reporter 1.5 units
CTRP 18 Mastering the Legal Record:real time Skills/ Captioning Focus 6.5 units
CTRP 30B Real time and Computer-Aided Legal 2 units
Total Major Units   26 units

A Certificate of Achievement in Educational Captioning can be earned by students who have completed all required courses with at least a grade of “C” or “Pass”.

Before beginning any court reporting or related technology program, the student should have keyboarding skills of at least 45 words per minute: the Computer Applications program offers keyboarding classes.

Court Reporting Certificate of Achievement

The Court Reporting Certificate of Achievement is the top level of four “stacked” program certificates and is intended to provide relevant academic knowledge, proficiency, and work experience to individuals pursuing careers as court reporters in the United States. This certificate also includes the final courses required to qualify students to apply to take the California Certified Shorthand Reporter written and skills licensing examinations. After completing this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Write stenographically, for ten minutes, four voice testimony at 200 words per minute with 97.5% accuracy as required to pass the skills examination of the Court Reporters Board of California, Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Use Standard English punctuation and grammar, medical and legal terminology, and technology as required to pass the Certified Shorthand Reporter skills and written examinations of the Court Reporters Board of California, Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Produce accurate, properly formatted transcripts of actual court and deposition legal proceedings.

Required Core Courses: 21 units

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CTRP 21 Mastering the Legal Record: Courtroom Focus 6.5 units
CTRP 38 Court and Deposition Procedures 3 units
CTRP 23 Mastering the Legal Record: Deposition Focus 6.5 units
CTRP 42A Certified Shorthand Reporter’s Review I 2 units
CTRP 42B Certified Shorthand Reporter’s Review II 2 units
CTRP 44 Court Reporting Internship 1 units
Total Major Units   21 units
Last Updated 9/26/19