The Court Reporting Department offers day and evening classes. Also, distance learning opportunities are available for some classes. A summary session is offered each year for speed building classes. Please see the classes listing pages to view of the many courses we offer throughout the year.
Keyboarding and basic computer skills will be required for students in the Court Reporting Program. There are many courses available at West Valley College to help students develop those skills.
English skills are also extremely important in court reporting. Review and advanced English courses are available and recommended for any students wanting to improve their English skills. The entire court reporting program takes approximately four years to complete. Some students complete in less time; others take longer. Much depends upon the amount of time a student devotes to study and practice. The machine portion of the program usually requires the longest amount of time necessary to develop the speed accuracy to pass the state examination.
In order to work as a court report in California, one must pass a state licensing examination. West Valley College qualifies students to take this examination upon completion of the courses listed on the program information page. Courses taken at other schools maybe a basis for waiver. It will be necessary to submit transcripts for evaluation.