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Court Reporting

This is an introductory course in steno machine shorthand writing. Students will learn proper positioning at the steno machine and how to properly set up and break down their machines. Students will learn how to depress each key and will memorize the keys on the stenographic machine. They will learn to write letters, combine letters to form new letters and words, and combine several letters to form phrases heard daily (brief forms). This is taught by writing words as they are heard phonetically. They will learn how to write numbers and punctuation on the steno machine. Realtime writing is taught in this class.  My Realtime Coach™ is utilized for coursework and homework assignments.  Proficient readback and transcribing steno notes into English is required. Individual and group coaching is provided, as needed.  Extensive practice hours outside of classroom is essential to being successful at learning the stenographic machine.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn to set up, position the stenographic machine, and breakdown the machine
  • Learn how to write phonetically
  • Learn to write letters, numbers, punctuation, words, and brief forms for words heard daily
  • Learn how to utilize My Realtime Coach™ for classwork, homework assignments, and testing
  • Learn how to read back steno notes
  • Practice timed dictation via My Realtime Coach™ of speeds beginning at 20 words per minute and increasing to 60 words per minute

This is the first course of ten in CCRI’s new Court Reporting Certificate Program. 

This course is funded by Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and offered to students for free. Participants will be provided with a student stenograph machine.

Program Dates: December 20, 2022 - March 7, 2023, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (In-person), Saturdays 9:00  - 11:00 am (Virtual)

Holiday breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year's

Location: Hybrid, ALL in-person sessions will be at the NEW Woonsocket Education Center, 115 Main St, Woonsocket

To be eligible, students must be a Rhode Island resident, have a high school diploma or GED, and be fluent in English. Exposure to the legal field is preferred but not required. Students must have a laptop with a USB (or USB-C port with adapter), 4GB or more or RAM, and a hard drive with 80GB or more to operate the needed software.

If interested in applying for future cohorts, please complete our Program Inquiry Form.




No charge! This program is free for all that qualify and are accepted.


Time Commitment


60 Hours






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