Getting Started

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

NCRA’s A-to-Z program (find at is an introductory six- to eight-week program run by volunteer court reporters and teachers 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 plus at-home practice time, 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 brick-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
* College of Court Reporting (Valparaiso, IN)
* EV360 Educational Solutions
* Maryland Community College’s Court Reporter Training Program

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.

Project Steno offers tuition assistance to students we believe have the time and motivation to finish court reporting school in two years.  Not all applicants will be accepted.  Students will be required to submit the following with their application.  All applicants will be interviewed by members of the Project Steno board and/or advisory council.

  • Work and volunteer resume, if applicable
  • Official copy college transcripts (high school if no college)
  • Certificate of completion of NCRA’s Discover Steno A-to-Z program
  • Letter of recommendation from your A-to-Z program instructor (not needed if taken online)
  • Letter of recommendation from a personal or work reference
  • Essay describing desire to become a court reporter or captioner (400-500 words).

Download Application for Project Steno Tuition Assistance

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

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.

NCRA’s free A-to-Z Program provides six to eight weeks of training on basics of stenographic 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 or captioning, Project Steno will provide you with tuition assistance.