Training Program


Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the Realtime Center so they can receive detailed information about the job field, classes and student requirements are covered.  This allows potential students to make an informed decision before enrolling in the training program.

As many applicants are also employed, the Realtime Center For Learning program has been designed for flexibility with self-paced units (within program parameters), once-a-week online classes, and instruction done through multi-media technology that’s available at the convenience of the student.

Students accepted into the program will begin with Court Reporting Studies, Unit 1 and progress sequentially through Court Reporting Studies to Unit 24 and an internship. Students may progress through the Court Reporting Studies units at their own pace, with a minimum of three Units completed each quarter.

I just want to thank Harriet and the teachers at Realtime Center For Learning for the training I received. They gave me the tools and confidence I needed to land a job and establish myself in the industry with a reputable agency. If you want to be a prominent realtime writer in the court reporting industry, then Realtime Center For Learning is the school for you. Christine DeRosa, RCFL 2012 Graduate and Freelance Court Reporter

  • The first 12 Units deal primarily with machine shorthand theory, the system of writing the spoken and/or written word on a Stenograph machine. During these Units, students will have a series of assignments, machine practice, informational presentations, plus periodic meetings with the class at the school, as well as online meetings. As theory is foundational to a student’s future speed-building success, academic studies are limited during this period to allow for full focus on mastering the theory.

  • Online classes for Units 1-12 are held on Thursday nights from 7 – 9 p.m.  Attendance is required.

  • Unit 13 marks the beginning of speed-building practice and academic studies necessary to becoming a well-rounded court reporter. Each Unit has assignments, informational presentations, quizzes, and practical application exercises, as well as speed-building assignments. Speed-building assignments are individualized for each student, providing optimum instruction for the current level of skill. Completion of a Unit does not require any minimum speed requirements – students do not have to pass a speed test at a certain level before being allowed to progress to the next Unit.

  • Students enrolled in Units 13-24 meet with instructors online on Tuesday nights for live dictation and speed testing. Attendance is required.
    Dictation material will include literary material, jury charge dictation and testimony which will include three-voice dictation

A library of audio dictation materials is available for supplemental speed-building practice. Dictation is provided on USB drive and an online dictation library.

Students who have completed all Units but have not attained the necessary speeds for graduation are eligible to enroll in the Speed-building Workshop. Speed-building Workshop participants are given an individualized program of assignments, practice, and meetings with instructors to facilitate their acquisition of speed. Attendance at the online live dictation and speed testing classes on Tuesday nights is required as part of the Speed-building Workshop.

The goal of the Realtime Center For Learning is to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter realtime professions. By guiding students with individualized attention and a progressive program of study, while allowing the student the flexibility to work around their schedule and individual skill acquisition needs, The Realtime Center For Learning creates an ideal learning situation for self-motivated, disciplined, and dedicated students.

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