Getting Started

Step 1 – Enroll in an A-to-Z Program (it’s free)

NCRA’s A-to-Z program is an introductory six- to eight-week program run by volunteer court reporters around the country. Its goal is to introduce you to the rudiments of machine shorthand theory, the system used by professional court reporters to capture high-speed speech using a stenotype machine. In just three hours a week, you’ll learn how to write simple words in machine shorthand and become familiar with the steno keyboard. By the end of the program, you’ll know whether a career in court reporting appeals to you!

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

Many A-to-Z Programs have popped up across the U.S. to teach prospective students like you the basics of machine shorthand.  It’s free!

You will be provided a loaner steno machine for your use. Check it out; enroll now. Some programs are conducted online, some in bris-and-mortar locations.  Identify one that suits your needs.  The only required investment is your time! Find a program at

Is a court reporting career right for you? The A-to-Z Program will help you answer that question!

Step 2 – Finding the Right Court Reporting School

You’ve completed the A-to-Z Program, you’ve discovered court reporting as a career – now it’s time to explore court reporting schools.  Our goal is to help prospective students select the best program for them.

We are accepting new programs regularly.  Here is the current list of court reporting schools/programs that have signed on as Project Steno Partner Programs:

* Hardeman School of Court Reporting and Captioning
* Champion Steno
* StenoTrain
* Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
* Cuyahoga Community College
* Oklahoma College of Court Reporting
* Realtime Center for Learning
* San Antonio College
* Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting
* Tulsa Community College

Project Steno will make tuition assistance payments on your behalf directly to the Partner Program you choose. The right program, the right student – the right outcome. We want you to succeed!

Step 3 – Apply for Tuition Assistance through Project Steno

Once you have decided which Partner Program is  right for you, you can apply to Project Steno’s tuition assistance program.

Students will be required to submit the following in their application:

  • Work and volunteer resume, if applicable
  • Official copy of high school/college transcripts
  • Court reporting program transcript, if applicable
  • Letter indicating completion of NCRA’s Discover Steno A-to-Z program
    (not required if submitting a transcript from a court reporting program)
  • Letter of recommendation from a court reporting instructor or A-to-Z program instructor
  • Letter of recommendation from a personal or work reference
  • Essay describing desire to become a court reporter or captioner (400-500 words).

Download Project Steno Tuition Assistance Application

Email or call 508-438-0314 to start a discussion about your bright future in court reporting.

Getting your feet wet — trying out the court reporting profession before committing to the time and investment of court reporting school — is a major component of Project Steno’s plan.
Free A-to-Z Programs provide six to eight weeks of training on basics of court reporting with zero financial commitment and no long-term obligations.
After completion of NCRA’s Discover Steno A-to-Z 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.
With completion of an A-to-Z Program and a demonstrated commitment to pursue a career in court reporting, Project Steno will provide you with tuition assistance.