Please see the list below for our most frequently asked questions.
What is a court reporter?
Court reporters create the verbatim record at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. Court reporters also provide closed captioning for television and real-time translation (CART) for deaf or hard-of-hearing people at public events, in business meetings, and in classrooms.
What is a Scopist?
A Scopist is an individual who assists court reporters in the preparation of transcripts of proceedings. The program teaches a student how to read stenographic notes, how to import those notes into Computer Aided Transcript (CAT) software and how to edit, proofread and finalize the transcript for submission back to the court reporter.
Do credits transfer from previous court reporting programs and/ or other post high school institutions I attended?
Credits do not transfer. Skills do. If you have taken court reporting training before, an initial assessment will be administered to determine your course readiness and placement.
What is the employability outlook for Court Reporters?
The demand for court reporters will exceed the supply across the United States by 2018 creating substantial opportunities for those seeking a lucrative career with a secure future.
Do you offer financial aid?
We do not offer financial aid. However, our payment structure is a flexible “pay as you go” program with no lengthy contracts. You can elect each month whether to continue with your studies.
How long does it take to complete the Stenographic Court Reporting program on a part-time basis?
This program is available online 24/7. Typical course completion can range widely depending on the amount of time you commit to honing your skills. Basic theory of machine shorthand can be completed in approximately 4.5 months provided students commit at least 20 hours per week.
What is the compensation structure for Court Reporters?
Court Reporters reporting deposition proceedings typically perform their duties in the capacity of independent contractors. While there are market variances, most are compensated on a per page basis in addition to an appearance fee. “Official” Court Reporters working in courtrooms are typically employed by state and federal institutions; these reporters are salaried employees and receive benefits including a salary and pension. In addition to their salary, they are compensated on a per page basis for producing transcripts. Court Reporters broadcasting content streams to the hearing impaired; closed captioners are compensated on an hourly basis.
What equipment is required to participate in these courses?
All required equipment for each program can be found on the Program page. All courses require Computer Aided Software (CAT) and a computer/laptop with webcam. The Court Reporting program requires a steno machine which can be rented. Your StenoTrain coach can provide guidance on the best machine and software for your chosen learning path.
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Become a court reporter and enjoy the flexibility to set your own schedule, work in a professional setting in the legal industry and the potential to earn a high income.