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Atlantic Technical College

Atlantic Technical College

Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:

  • Demand for Court Reporters is expected to grow about 17%* between 2015 and 2023.
  • Entry level wages are about $12/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.
    * Bureau of Labor Statistics
    **The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Court Reporting Transcriptionist,
Court Reporting 2 & 3

This program is approved by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)

Program Length:
2850 hours/approx. 28 months (full-time)

Court Reporting Transcriptionist:            750 hours
Court Reporting 2:                                  600 hours
Court Reporting 3:                                1500 hours

Schedule:   M – F     8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (full-time)
Online opportunities available

Course Content:
Court reporters record verbatim (word-for-word) testimony and produce transcripts of the testimony. Instruction includes an introduction to verbatim writing skills to work with persons with hearing loss (CART – Communication Access Realtime Translation) and provide captioning for television. The program at ATC utilizes the latest technology in computer-aided transcription and real-time writing; i.e., the ability to have an instantaneous translation of the spoken word by projecting the words onto a television screen for the benefit of persons with hearing loss or onto computer monitors for the benefit of trial participants.

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three levels. Students completing Court Reporting Transcriptionist and Court Reporting 2 possess the entry-level skill-set of a scopist or transcriptionist. To become a Court Reporter, students must complete all three levels of the program. This program places strong emphasis on conflict-free theory, real-time writing, speed development, legal terminology, medical terminology, courtroom procedures, and English skills. When a student reaches the speed of 200 words a minute, he/she participates in an internship that enables the student to sit in on trials and depositions with a working reporter, thus gaining confidence and skill.

A court reporting career, including broadcast captioners, offers an independent lifestyle, prestige, and flexibility, along with a substantial salary.

Additional Skills Covered:

  • Captioning for Television
  • Computer Literacy
  • Computer-aided Transcription
  • Computer-compatible Stenograph Theory
  • Courtroom Procedures
  • Employability Skills and Portfolio
  • General Office Procedures and Skills
  • Grammar and Punctuation for Reporters
  • Information Processing
  • Job Application Techniques
  • Legal Terminology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Oral and Written Communications
  • Realtime Technology
  • Speed Development

Industry Certification and State Credential Exams:
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.

College Credit Transfer Opportunity:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an AS/AAS Degree by Broward College or select schools in the Florida College System. Students must enroll in Broward College within 2 years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.

To get started in the Court Reporting program, sign up today for a program orientation!

Advisor: Brooke.Lehmejian@browardschools.com

Get Started on your Career Plan Today!

Step 1 Attend a Program Orientation

Step 2  Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria

  • See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
  • Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
  • Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.

Step 3  Meet with your counselor/advisor 

  • Receive test results
  • Discuss technical or academic program placement
  • Special needs
  • Financial aid
  • Registration procedures

Step 4  Registration and Enrollment