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Recently, four Taft College at WESTEC court reporting students successfully passed the rigorous testing requirements of the California Court Reporters Board and have received their Certified Shorthand Reporters license!  The four, pictured below, are (left to right), Katie Johnson, Ashley Keene, Aubrey Mesa and Alyson Duclos. 

In order to receive a Certified Shorthand Reporters license in the state of California, students must pass a 200 word per minute dictation test, along with two written exams, an English test as well as a Professional Practices exam.






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How Do I Get Started?


The first course you take is Theory. It’s a structured one semester class where you will learn how to write any word in the English language using strokes on the steno machine.


After theory, you should be able to write between 40-60 words in steno. With that completed, you will then start Speed Building.  These are year round classes that allow you to improve your speed by listening to tapes, CD’s and live readers who read material to you. Your goal is to reach a speed of 225-240 wpm and qualify to take the state test, which is read at no more than 200 wpm. Once you pass all three parts of the state test, you are a certified shorthand reporter!






The time it takes to complete the program is up to you. For most people the program will take at least three years, however with good practice skills it is possible to finish sooner.





It’s not all about the Steno machine…




In order to write the spoken word it is important to have a good command of the English language, written and spoken, in order to turn out verbatim transcripts.


In addition to the machine work/courses, you will be required to take college-level academic classes such as English, Business Law, Medical Terminology, Anatomy, Punctuation and Legal Terminology. 


Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Court Reporting and, by finishing some additional classes, can earn an Associates of Science Degree in Court Reporting.


All of the college-level courses will increase your knowledge and allow you to become familiar with things you may not know. A court reporter has to be prepared to write any spoken word, since everyone else in the room is depending on his or her accuracy.


There are newer machines that allow a reporter to write in “Real Time.” The steno machine is connected directly to a computer, and as you write, the words appear on the screen; thus the name “realtime.” This technology is being used at schools and colleges to provide services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing, in addition to being used in courtrooms all over the country.


With these options, you have the opportunity to explore where your interest lies by being exposed to speakers who come in and talk about different fields available to the certified shorthand reporter, who is known as a CSR.


Want to travel? As a deposition reporter you go to offices or conference rooms where attorney’s ask questions of witnesses. If you end up in this area of reporting, you could be paid to fly all over the country to work.


The pay is for a CSR is excellent and it is possible, for example, to start in the courtroom in Kern County at $4,500 per month with benefits on top of that.



For more information contact:

Gary Shaw, Program Manager
(661) 387-1055



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