WHERE REPORTING IS TAUGHT
The knowledge and skills to become a court reporter or broadcast captioner are taught at more than 100 reporter training programs, including proprietary schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. Many of these programs offer distance learning options.
The National Court Reporters Association has a certification program for reporter training programs. To become certified, programs must commit to excellence in realtime reporter education and meet the general requirements and minimum standards established by NCRA’s Council on Approved Student Education. Certified programs agree to periodic review by CASE to verify their continued adherence to the general requirements and minimum standards. NCRA is not an accrediting agency. However, all NCRA-certified programs are accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
A current list of certified programs appears on the NCRA Web site.
NCRA also maintains a list of participating programs. Participating programs are not subject to independent review by CASE and may or may not be accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, but they have stated their commitment to provide realtime reporter education.
Here are some of the questions you can ask school representatives as you explore reporting as a career: