The Maryland Community College System's Court Reporter Training Program is the only court reporting program in the state. The program was formed when the state's community college system and the Maryland Institute of Court Reporting merged. This program is overseen by Baltimore City Community College (BCCC)'s Business and Continuing Education Division. Classes in the program are held in downtown Baltimore at Gore Brothers, a court reporting, litigation-support services and video conferencing company. Below are more details about this college's court reporting program.
Baltimore City Community College
The court reporting program at BCCC requires about one semester of study. The program prepares students for a career in captioning and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART). Admission to the program requires a high school diploma or GED certificate, proficiency in the English language and proficiency with English punctuation and grammar.
The program includes 120 hours of instruction. Students in the program are placed in the level of speed development class suitable to their skills, which will ultimately entail 180 hours of practice. In the theory class, students learn how to use the StenED machine, while in the speed classes students will learn accuracy. The program culminates with a certificate of completion.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), several states in the country will require potential court reporters to have a state license or some sort of professional certification in order to gain employment. Students should consider the Registered Professional Reporter certification from the National Court Reporters Association to be legally qualified. Although there are other pathways for proper certification, licensing statutes will vary by state and employer.
The BLS projected a 2% increase in employment for court reporters from 2014-2024. As of May 2015, court reporters had a median annual wage of 49,500, per BLS statistics. Similar occupations include interpreters and translators and medical transcriptionists.
School Information: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Court Reporting Program Offered||Program Tuition & Fees (2016)|
|Baltimore City Community College||2-year, public; large city*||Court Reporter Certificate of Completion||$499 per course**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Baltimore City Community College.