Court Reporting and Captioning (Cert)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Certificate (Cert)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Melissa Blake
Coordinator Email:

Also online imageThis program is available on campus and online.

360 Virtual TourThis program, certified by the National Court Reporters Association, prepares students for careers as official, freelance, realtime reporters, and captioners. Jobs are available for competent court reporters to work in all fields of reporting, including realtime and closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

One feature of the court and realtime reporting program is the 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. The prerequisite for entering the specialized court reporting course in the summer session is the attainment of a minimum recording speed of 90 words per minute. Development of skills in recording and transcribing specialized court reporting matter starts in the summer term and continues through the second year. Students in their senior year elect to go in to judicial or broadcast captioning.

All entering freshmen are required to purchase their own computerized shorthand machine and student software in order to practice realtime writing outside the class. The approximate cost of this equipment is $2,000 and should be included in college expenses.

The college offers court reporting-related courses over the Internet, 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 designed for those who are currently working and seeking a change in career, single parents, or individuals who cannot attend college campus.

Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra
Recommended: Geometry and Algebra 2/ Trigonometry

Features & Facilities: 
  • Prepares students for careers as official or free-lance reporters
  • Students use the most technologically advanced equipment and techniques, including online computers and realtime translation
  • Program also available entirely online
Graduation Requirements: 
  • 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 with a passing grade of "C" or better.
  • The internship course is completed off campus.
  • All students are required to take the CTRP 3163 in the summer.
  • Be sure to check for prerequisite requirements.
Career Opportunities: 
  • Official court and hearing reporters
  • General freelance reporters
  • Realtime and closed-captioning reporters
  • Legal office administration and scoping
Typical Semester Layout: 
First Semestercredits
CTRP1174Realtime Writing Theory I4
Second Semestercredits
CTRP2274Realtime Writing Theory II4
CTRP3373Computer Aided Transcription**3
MEDR1133Medical Terminology3
Summer Session (required)credits
CTRP3163Speed Bldg I for Reporting/Caption***3
CTRP3363Technology for Reporting/Caption****3
Third Semestercredits
CTRP4265Speed Bldg II for Reporting/Caption5
CTRP2603Personal Dictionary Prod/Maint*3
Fourth Semestercredits
CTRP4365Speed Bldg III for Reporting/Captioning5
CTRP4602Court/RT Intshp & Practice2
CTRP4634Court/RT Rptg Procedures**4

Total Credit Hours: 42

*Fall only

** Spring only

***Online only

****Summer and Fall

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