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Certificate – Code #2152

Melissa Blake, Program Coordinator
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This program, certified by the National Court Reporters Association, will prepare you for a career in various court reporting fields—from official to freelance to realtime and closed captioning for the hearing impaired.


  • Development of high-speed recording skills to 225-plus words per minute through the use of realtime translation machine shorthand and computer aided transcription (CAT).
  • In the first year, students learn realtime shorthand theory and develop computer skills that will enhance their overall employability.
  • Development of skills in recording and transcribing specialized court reporting matter starts in the summer term and continues through the second year.
  • The college offers court reporting courses online, making it possible for students who transfer in credit or attend other colleges to earn their certificate from Alfred State in court and realtime reporting. The online approach still requires two years of course work and does not change any of the standards reflected in graduation requirements for all students. This approach is perfect for working professionals, adult and returning students, and anyone who needs high flexibility in their academic schedule.

Court reporting: high skill, big demand, The Evening Tribune, July 20, 2015

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a shorthand recording speed on five minutes of unfamiliar dictation with at least 95 percent accuracy in each of the following areas: literary at 180 wpm, jury charge at 200 wpm, and two-voice at 225 wpm.
  • Write a dictated list with 95 percent accuracy using advanced shorthand theory, special abbreviations, and phrasing principles applicable to legal and reporting work.
  • Perform readback and analysis of shorthand notes.
  • Perform proper transcription and various other functions using the computer.
  • Translate two-voice and multi-voice testimony, including medical and technical material, literary, jury charge dictation, and dictation containing current events at various speeds.
  • Utilize shorthand theory to write unfamiliar literary material at a minimum of 180 wpm, and to have the computer properly transcribe the dictation at 96 percent accuracy without editing, and two five-minute, two-voice non-realtime tests at 225 wpm with 96 percent accuracy (captioning students).
  • Analyze and describe various aspects of the technology of court reporting and captioning.
  • Apply the rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and capitalization of transcripts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and application of law, legal testimony, medical terminology, and/or anatomy.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Official court and hearing reporters
  • General freelance reporters
  • Realtime and closed-captioning reporters
  • Legal office administration and scoping

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent are employed.

Related Programs

Court and Realtime Reporting (AAS)
Technology Management (BBA)

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra

Court Reporting and Captioning - Certificate

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM (on campus and online)


CTRP 1174 Realtime Writing Theory I 4
BUAD 1543 Grammar for Court Reporters 3


CTRP 2274 Realtime Writing Theory II 4
CTRP 3373 Computer Aided Transcription 3
MEDR 1133 Medical Terminology 3

Summer Session (required)

CTRP 3163 Speedbldg I for Report & Capt 3
CTRP 3363 Tech for Reporting/Captioning 3


CTRP 4264 Spd Bldg II for Reprtr & Captn 4
CTRP 2603 Persnl Dictionary Prod & Maint 3


CTRP 4602 Int & Prac for Reporter & Capt 2
CTRP 4634 Proc for Reporters & Captioner 4
CTRP 4364 Spd Bldg III for Reptr & Captn 4

Total Credit Hours: 40

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and complete the program.


  • A cumulative overall index of at least 2.0 is required in order to graduate.
  • All CTRP skill writing classes must be taken and passed at Alfred State with a passing grade of "C" or better.
  • Court reporting students must also meet all the NCRA requirements as stated in the course objectives, including the passing of three, five-minute tests on unfamiliar matter with 95 percent accuracy on two-voice material at 225 wpm, jury charge material at 200 wpm, and literary material at 180 wpm; the completion of 40 verified hours of internship experience, including the production of a 40-page transcript; the transcription of a simulated RPR skills test at RPR speed levels in three hours; and the production of accurate transcripts using computer-aided technology as stated in the course outlines.
  • Captioning students must write three (3) five-minute, 180-wpm literary tapes with 1.4 syllabic density at 96 percent accuracy; prepare a captioned translation evaluation taken from the internship experience; and complete at least 25 verified hours of actual writing time and 15 hours of research and dictionary preparation during the internship.


  • The internship course (CTRP 4602) is completed off campus.
  • All students are required to take CTRP 3163 in the summer.

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