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Court Reporting


The Court Reporting Program is designed to provide students with the academic foundation and technical training to be certified shorthand reporters. The program prepares students to take the California Court Reporters’ Board examination for certification. The courses listed meet the requirements of the Court Reporter’s Board of California and for an Associate in Science Degree in Court Reporting at Taft College.

Upon passing school requirements for state certification, students will be eligible to take the Certified Shorthand Reporter examination. Academic courses completed in adult education or a private court reporting school are not transferable. To earn an Associate in Science Degree in Court Reporting, students must complete: (1) all court reporting course requirements with a minimum grade of “C” in each course; (2) 39 - 49 units of General Education Graduation Requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0; (3) achieve a minimum of 200 WPM shorthand speed; and (4) have a demonstrated keyboarding speed of 45 WPM.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Effectively perform routine court reporting duties
  2. Pass the California Court Reporters Board Examination for Licensure
  3. Apply appropriate ethical behavior in the profession
  4. Exhibit professional qualities and attitude

Program Requirements

State Requirements

The Court Reporters Board of California issues a certificate upon successful completion of the following requirements and passing of the state examination. The apprenticeship hours are embedded within the program.

Requirements Hours
English and Vocabulary 240
Medical 120
Legal 150
Transcript Procedures 25
Apprenticeship Training 60
Technology 60
Resource Materials 5
Total Minimum Prescribed Academic Hours 660
Total Machine Shorthand & Transcription Hours 2300