There are a few not-for-profit schools in Florida that offer court reporting classes. Training is available in a traditional classroom setting and online. Additionally, some courses are offered in the evening or on weekends. Most programs include 2,850 hours of hands-on training. Court reporting training programs are offered at the undergraduate or non-degree level. Credits may be transferable to an associate's degree program in some cases.
Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School
Located in Coconut Creek, this institution offers flexible class schedules during the day, evening and on weekends. The school offers an online court reporting program that's approved by the NCRA. The program runs for 28 months and consists of three segments that must be completed in sequence. Students complete a total of 2,850 hours of training, which includes 750 hours of level-1 court reporting, 600 hours of level-2 court reporting and 1,500 hours of level-3 court reporting. Topics covered include courtroom procedures, legal terminology, real-time technology and stenography theory. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Florida Ready to Work credential test. Students are also eligible to earn up to 27 college credits from Broward College towards an associate's degree in industrial management technology.
Miami Dade College
With eight campus locations, this Miami school is the largest higher education institution in the country. Students can complete a 30-36 month court reporting technology program to earn an Associate of Science degree. The program emphasizes study in understanding jury, literary and testimony materials. Students learn how to use real-time translation programs, such as the Case-Catalyst program. This school's associate's program prepares students for career opportunities in official court reporting, caption reporting or freelance reporting. Completion of this program also qualifies students to take the NCRA certification exam.
Sheridan Technical Center
Part of the Broward County Public Schools, this training center located in Hollywood, FL, offers online courses in court reporting. The program consists of 2,850 hours of training and is approved by the NCRA. Students complete training in areas such as legal and medical terminology, machine shorthand and stenography.
Programs offered are designed to prepare students for national certification with the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and state certification with the Florida Court Reporter Certification Board. To become state certified, applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma, be of good moral character and pass an exam administered by the board. Applicants who meet certain requirements, including those who are certified by the NCRA or certified in another state, are eligible for an exam waiver from the board. To maintain certification, applicants must pay an annual renewal fee and earn a minimum of 30 continuing education units every three years.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Court Reporting Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School||2-year, public; large suburb||Court Reporting Transcriptionist Program||$2,368** (approximate program tuition and fees)|
|Miami Dade College||4-year, public; large city||Associate in Science in Court Reporting Technology||$2,834 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state* (average undergraduate tuition and fees)|
|Sheridan Technical College||2-year, public; large suburb||Online Court Reporting Transcriptionist & Court Reporting Program||$9,722*** (total program cost)|
Sources: *Atlantic Technical College and Technical School, **NCES College Navigator,***Sheridan Technical College