Court Reporter
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Court Reporter General Information

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). Registration is typically paid by Module or in monthly payments. The total of the six Modules is $6,300. Students should expect to spend about $2,700 for additional costs such as the book, software and required equipment (steno machine and laptop). Students learn using the Mark Kislingbury Court Reporting curriculum.


New Cohort Starting Winter 2023

Please complete our form to let us know here if you are interested in starting the next cohort of Court Reporter. The cohort begins with Module 1: 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. In the cohort model, students progress together sequentially through six modules and culminating internships. The Speed Building software needed for Modules 4-6 is included in the registration fee. 
Recommended Pre-Requisites: Free A-Z Introductory Course (offered by organizations listed below)
Required Pre-Requisites: High school diploma or equivalence, Functional computer use, Clean background check (prior to work as a Court Reporter) For questions about the program, contact Jon Colon at (858) 668-4022.

Registration Fees:

Each Module is $1,049 for a total of six modules. Students should register for their seat in the class with at least $349. To arrange a payment plan, email Nelly Jaoude or call her at (858) 668-4006.

Ancillary Start-up Costs: 
  1. Textbook: Magunum Steno: Beginning Theory, 3rd Edition (2014) cost after discount is approximately $200 and may be purchased here

  2. Case CATalyst Software can be purchased or rented here

  3. Steno machines can be found at Stenoworks and Procat and are required for class and maybe purchased (new or used) or rented and must have "extended DZ key"

  4. Laptop must have 3 ports, Windows 10, minimum 128 GB storage capacity and 8 GB RAM, Intel Core, i3, i5, or i7 processor.) Internet, audio and visual capabilities are required as well for this live Zoom class.

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


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 5-6-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. A steno machine and class materials may be available on loan to participating students.
‚ÄčInterested students should contact the agencies who provide this free service and see their schedules by selecting the organization names below.

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/ 504 Coordinator, Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840,

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