Getting Started

NEW!  Students enrolled at our Partner Programs may be eligible for our $1,000 Merit Awards.  Registration forms and requirements can be found at the bottom of this page.


STENO:  Try It Out (it’s Free!)

Project Steno’s Basic Training course is a free hands-on intro-to-steno course where you will learn the rudiments of machine shorthand theory.  That’s the keyboard system used by professional court reporters and captioners to capture high-speed speech verbatim using a Stenograph machine.  In just six sessions, you’ll discover how the magic is done!

Register for Basic Training today (at green box) and you’ll get an email outlining the upcoming session dates.  Pick one that suits your schedule and enroll.  It’s free!  The only investment required is your time.  If you don’t have a steno machine to use, ask us for options.

Is a career in court reporting or captioning right for you? This free introductory course will answer that question for you.

Questions about the profession?  Inquire at

The Details

In just six class sessions, plus practice at home, you’ll become familiar with the steno keyboard and learn to write simple words in machine shorthand. Are you a whiz at texting?  Excellent!  You’ll love it!  By taking this hands-on course, you’ll find out if a career in court reporting or captioning appeals to you.  You’ll know whether you like it and have the aptitude for it. 

If it’s right for you, great!   We’ll help you enroll in a steno school.  Don’t think it’s your cup of tea?  Okay, now you’ll know – and you’ll figure it out with no financial commitment and minimal investment of time.

Why do court reporters and captioners love our profession? Read here.

(Watch TV news segment about court reporting or listen to podcast)


Enroll in Steno School

You’ve completed Project Steno’s Basic Training course, you’ve discovered this is for you – now it’s time to enroll in school.  There are some bricks-and-mortar schools (not many) and many more online schools.  We will help you find the right school for your circumstances.

The right program, the right student – the right outcome. We want you to succeed!  

Here is the current list of schools/programs that have signed on as Project Steno Partner Programs:

* Hardeman School of Court Reporting and Captioning (online program)
* PAF Training Programs, LLC (online program)
* Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
* Cuyahoga Community College (OH)
* Realtime Center for Learning (NY)
* San Antonio College (TX)
* Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting (TX)
* Tulsa Community College (OK)
* College of Court Reporting (Valparaiso, IN)
* EV360 Educational Solutions (online program)
* Maryland Community College’s Court Reporter Training Program (MD)
* Clark State College (OH)
* Stark State College (OH)
* Del Mar College (TX)
* Plaza College (NY)
* Atlantic Technical College (FL)
* SUNY College of Technology at Alfred State (NY)
* University of Houston – Downtown (TX)
* Lakeshore Technical College (WI)
* MacCormac College (IL)
* Oklahoma State University – OKC (OK)
* Pearl River Community College (MS)
* Tri-Community Adult Education (Covina, CA)

Register for Project Steno’s Merit Award Program

Each of our two incentives, the 140-in-1 Award and the 225-in-2 Award,
pays you $1,000.00. 

How do you qualify?  It’s simple. 

Register with Project Steno as a new student
within 30 days of starting steno school. 

If you achieve a steno speed of 140 wpm (words per minute) within your first year, apply to us and we’ll send you a check for $1,000.00 as a reward for your accomplishment.

Likewise, if you achieve a steno speed of 225 wpm within your first two years, apply to us and we’ll send you another check for $1,000.00.  Rules and specific requirements are explained on the registration form.

Download Registration Form (for use by newly enrolled students):  Registration Form 

Download Merit Award Application (for use only by students who have passed 140 wpm or 225 wpm tests): Application for Achievement Award

Want to Learn More about Basic Training?

Basic Training is a free program, sponsored by Project Steno, that lets you learn the basics of court reporting over six sessions. Complete the form below to receive upcoming session dates and information.

    Basic (Steno) Training introduces candidates to the many career options available to today’s court reporting and captioning professionals.  The program meets once or twice a week for a hands-on opportunity to learn the basics of steno theory in a virtual classroom environment — a first step before entering a two-year educational program.  All course materials will be provided at no charge.  (If you don’t have a steno machine to use, ask us for options.)

    Basic Training offers a self-selection opportunity that helps one answer some important questions.  Is stenographic reporting the right career for me?  Do I have the interest, natural dexterity, grammar skills, motivation and discipline required to complete the next two years of school?  If the answer is Yes, Project Steno will connect candidates with the right school or program for them.  

    Getting your feet wet — trying out the stenographic reporting profession before committing to the time and investment of court reporting school — is a major component of Project Steno’s plan.

    Project Steno’s Basic Training is a free program that meets for a couple of hours once or twice a week.  Learning the basics of stenographic reporting will help you make an informed decision about this career before you enroll in school.

    After completion of your intro program, selection of a court reporting school is the next step.  The Project Steno team will help you find the right program to meet your needs.