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Court Reporting & Captioning

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Certificate – Code #2152

Melissa Blake, Program Coordinator
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This program, approved 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.


  • Independence
  • Great lifestyle
  • Prestige
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Exciting work environments


  • 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.
  • Write a dictated list with 95 percent accuracy using advanced shorthand theory, special abbreviations, and phrasing principles.
  • Perform readback and analysis of shorthand notes.
  • Perform proper transcription and various other functions using the computer.
  • Translate two-voice and multi-voice testimony.
  • 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.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Official court and hearing reporters
  • General freelance reporters
  • Realtime and closed-captioning reporters
  • Scoping

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent are employed.  Survey data can be found here.

Related Programs

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

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Recommended: Algebra

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Required Equipment

A tier 1 laptop computer is required for students entering the court reporting and captioning program. Apple products are not compatible with stenographic software.  Laptop specifications are available at

Court Reporting and Captioning - Certificate

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM (on campus and online)


CTRP 1162 Realtime Writing Theory Ia 2
CTRP 1172 Realtime Writing Theory Ib 2
CTRP 1182 Realtime Writing Theory IIa 2
CTRP 1192 Realtime Writing Theory IIb 2
CTRP 1543 Grammar for Court Reporters 3


CTRP 2262 Realtime Writing Theory IIIa 2
CTRP 2272 Realtime Writing Theory IIIb 2
CTRP 2282 Realtime Writing Theory IVa 2
CTRP 2292 Realtime Writing Theory IVb 2
CTRP 3373 Computer Aided Transcription 3

Summer Session (required)

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


CTRP 4262 Speed Building IIa 2
CTRP 4272 Speed Building IIb 2
CTRP 4283 Speed Building IIIa 3
CTRP 4293 Speed Building IIIb 3
CTRP 2603 Persnl Dictionary Prod & Maint 3
CTRP 1113 Med & Legal Term for Court Rep 3


CTRP 4362 Speed Building IVa 2
CTRP 4372 Speed Building IVb 2
CTRP 4383 Speed Building Va 3
CTRP 4393 Speed Building Vb 3
CTRP 4602 Int & Prac for Reporter & Capt 2
CTRP 4635 Procedures for Repters & Capt. 5

Total Credit Hours: 43

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.


  • The internship course (CTRP 4602) is completed off campus.