Court Reporting: Judicial

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Court Reporting: Judicial program prepares students for court reporting. Court reporters work for the government, courts, large business corporations, freelance reporting agencies, and television stations. GateWay Community College is one of the few community colleges across the nation to offer a National Court Reporters Association certified court reporting program which includes realtime machine shorthand, computerized machine shorthand theory, speed development, transcription, court practice and overview in video application. Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to enter the court reporting profession subject to any and all individual state requirements. In addition, students are assisted in preparing for the National Court Reporters Association Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Examination and the Arizona Written Knowledge Test. Students whose personal interests and needs can be met by concentration on a core program of Court Reporting courses and who do not wish an associate in applied science may receive a certificate after completion of the courses listed.


Major Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2018 Summer
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Admission criteria

45 wpm typing speed based on typing test at GateWay assessment center.

Students must pass two timed writings of five minutes with a minimum speed of 45 wpm in order to complete this certificate.

ENGLISH ASSESSMENT - Placement into ENG101/ENG107 First-Year Composition on district placement exam OR permission of Department or Division.

Transcript(s) of high school graduation OR equivalent must be on file in the Admissions and Records Office.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BPC101AAIntroduction to Computers I (1) OR
Demonstrated proficiency in computer usage as determined by Program Director0-1
BPC131DKIntermediate Word (1) OR
Demonstrated proficiency in word processing as determined by Program Director (0)0-1
CTR101Court Reporting: Machine Shorthand Theory Block I6
CTR102Court Reporting: Machine Shorthand Theory Block II6
CTR105Court Reporting: Punctuation and Grammar1
CTR106Court Reporting: Legal Terminology1
CTR107Court Reporting: Medical Terminology1
CTR209Judicial Procedures for Court Reporting3
CTR211Judicial Internship1
CTR215Computer-Aided Transcription3
CTR251AACourt Reporting Skill Building: Block III Literary Material4
CTR251ABCourt Reporting Skill Building: Block III Jury Charge Material4
CTR251ACCourt Reporting Skill Building: Block III Question/Answer Testimony Material6
CTR252AACourt Reporting Skill Building: Block IV Literary Material4
CTR252ABCourt Reporting Skill Building: Block IV Jury Charge Material4
CTR252ACCourt Reporting Skill Building: Block IV Question/Answer Testimony Material6
CTR253AACourt Reporting Skill Building: Block V Literary Material4
CTR253ABCourt Reporting Skill Building: Block V Jury Charge Material4
CTR253ACCourt Reporting Skill Building: Block V Question/Answer Testimony Material6
  • Demonstrate ability to perform basic microcomputer operations and file management. (BPC101AA)
  • Read and write realtime machine shorthand theory and utilize computer to edit and print notes. (CTR101, CTR102)
  • Use the computer to edit and print transcript. (CTR101, CTR102)
  • Transcribe literary, jury charge, and question/answer testimony materials with a minimum of 95% accuracy. (CTR102)
  • Edit, proofread and correct transcripts. (CTR102, CTR251AA, CTR251AB, CTR251AC, CTR252AA, CTR252AB, CTR252AC, CTR253AA, CTR253AB, CTR253AC, CTR209, CTR215, CTR105)
  • Read back from shorthand notes at a specific rate. (CTR102, CTR251AA, CTR251AB, CTR251AC, CTR252AA, CTR252AB, CTR252AC, CTR253AA, CTR253AB, CTR253AC)
  • Describe the structure of the Arizona court system. (CTR106)
  • Describe the difference between criminal and civil cases. (CTR106)
  • Transcribe ten pages of multi-voice testimony within two hours with a minimum of 95% accuracy. (CTR209)
  • Perform specialized functions such as exhibit marking, swearing in witnesses, discussions off record, colloquy, and argument. (CTR209)
  • Plan and prepare a professional resume for use in obtaining a position as a professional court reporter. (CTR209)
  • Describe the purpose and procedure of a deposition. (CTR209, BPC131DK)
  • Describe the role of the reporter at a deposition, a trial, and an administrative hearing. (CTR209)
  • Describe related job opportunities within the profession. (CTR209)
  • Explain the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) Code of Professional Conduct Responsibility, Professional Practice Objectives, and Enforcement and Disciplinary Procedures. (CTR209)
  • Display proper deportment and attitude for a professional court reporter. (CTR209, CTR211)
  • Develop worksheet for text editor/scopist showing caption, specialized spelling, and format. (CTR209, CTR215)
  • Exhibit computer literacy and application, word processing, and video applications as related to special needs of court reporters. (CTR209, CTR215, BPC131DK)
  • Exhibit technological, computer, and other literacy as related to special needs of court reporters. (CTR209, CTR215, BPC131DK)
  • Describe litigation support. (CTR209, CTR215)
  • Define and research medical, legal, and other specialized terminology. (CTR209, CTR107, CTR106)
  • Transcribe 40 pages from dictation taken during 50 verified hours of actual courtroom dictation practice. (CTR211)
  • Write three tests of dictated material with a minimum of 95% accuracy at the following sustained speeds for five minutes; literary material at 180 words per minute; jury charge at 200 words per minute; and question/answer testimony at 225 words per minute. (CTR253AA, CTR253AB, CTR253AC)

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