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atlantic technical college court reporting

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Step 1 Attend a Program Orientation

Step 2  Take the Basic Skills Test 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

Court Reporting Technology,
Court Reporting 2 & 3

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

Program Length:
     2850 hours (approximately 28 month full-time)

        Court Reporting Technology               Court Reporting 2                        Court Reporting 3
         750 hours (7 months)                         650 hours (6 months)                  1500 hours (15 months)

Delivery Method:
      Traditional – 100% classroom  based
      Distance – 50% or more instructional hours via distance education (online)

Days & Times:
         Monday – Friday     8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
         Full-time with mandatory virtual meetings

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 Technology 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.

Students shall pass three (3), five-minute tests with 95% accuracy at each of the following speeds:  225 wpm testimony (two-voices), 200 wpm jury charge, and 180 wpm literary.  Students shall complete at least 40 verified hours of actual writing time during the internship experience.

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.

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

Advisor: doris.gonzalez@browardschools.com

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