Poway Adult School


Court Reporter

This is a short introductory course to  help prospective students find out if they are suited for a career as a Court Reporter. During this 6-week program, you will learn how to write the alphabet on a steno machine, including writing one-syllable words, the correct posture for machine writing and how to write on a steno machine. You will also hear about careers in court reporting and what it takes to become a court reporter! Students should plan to have a computer with audio and video capabilities for online sessions. 

Court Reporter

Become a Court Reporter and enter a well-paying career. Court Reporters create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. The Court Reporter program consists of 6 Modules. Each Module is 11 weeks long. You may expect to practice 12 hours a week in addition to attending classes. The course runs 18+ months. Additionally, you will complete a 40 hour Court Reporting Internship (20 hours in court and 20 hours in depositions) and produce a 40-page transcript. Upon successful completion of the requirements, students will be qualified to sit for the National Shorthand Reporter Exam (RPR). Students should expect to spend $8,000 for the program including the ancillary costs. The Poway Adult School uses Mark Kislingbury Court Reporting curriculum.

Court Reporter Module 1

To begin the program, new students must start at Module 1. Please complete our form to let us know here if you are interested in starting the next cohort, Module 1, offering of Court Reporter. 

Module 1 is the introductory course in real time stenographic machine shorthand writing. Beginning theory is covered and students learn brief forms for writing thousands of the most common words and phrases and a phonetic-based system for writing all words. Upon completion of Module 1, you will be prepared for Module 2. 
Students are required to attend an orientation. Recommended Pre-Requisites: A-Z Introductory Course
Required Pre-Requisites: High school diploma or equivalence, Functional computer use, Clean background check (prior to work as a Court Reporter)

Ancillary Start-up Costs: 

  1. Textbook fee is $214 and may be purchased here: CLICK HERE

  2. Case Catalyst Software can be purchased ($345) or rented ($10 month) here: https://www.steno graph.com/student-writer-packages

  3. Steno Machine will be required for class and maybe purchased (new or used) or rented (must have extended DZ key) see  website for more information.  https://www.steno works.com/

  4. Students are to provide their own laptops (computer with 3 ports, Windows 10, minimum 128 GB storage capacity and 8 GB RAM, Intel Core, i3, i5, or i7 processor.) 

  5. Software needed for Modules 4-6 is included in the class costs. 

Students should expect to purchase or rental items and take receipt of them prior to the first day of class.

Court Reporter Module 2: Court Reporting Technology

Students must have successfully completed Module 1 prior to signing up for Court Reporter Module 2. This Module covers intermediate court reporting machine technology. Pre-requisite: Court Reporter Module 1.

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