Court Reporters Certification
To search our list of approved continuing education courses, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page.
Court reporters are required to obtain 10 hours of approved continuing education, inclusive of 2.5 hours in ethics, TX rules, or both. Effective 04/12/2018, under section 6.6 (a) of the JBCC Rules, a certified court reporter may carry forward to the next certification period up to 4 hours of continuing education. Special category CE (i.e., ethics/rules) cannot be carried forward.
We are accepting applications for approval of continuing education from both course providers and certified shorthand reporters. A brochure, outline or other document that describes the content and the time devoted to each topic must be submitted with each request for approval as well as copies of the speaker bios. Approved courses can be found in our online licensing system. A course must be approved before a certified shorthand reporter can claim the hours for renewal purposes.
Under section 6.6 (c) of the JBCC Rules, notwithstanding Rule 4.3, a certified court reporter must submit requests for approval of continuing education no later than 2 months before the date the reporter's certification expires.
Applying for Continuing Education Approval
To apply for approval of a continuing education course, you must submit a request for CE approval by one of the following two methods:
- electronically, by way of the online certification and licensing system located on our home page, or
- by mail using the course approval located in the Continuing Education section on the Forms page of our website.
Applications will be reviewed to determine compliance with Commission's rules. Applicants will be notified of the determination via email.
CE Hours Calculations
Continuing education hours are to be calculated and reported in quarter hour increments.
.25= 15 min., .50=30 min., .75=45 min., and 1 or 1.0=1 hr.
Continuing Education Rules
Please refer to sections 4.0 and 6.6 of the JBCC Rules for information on continuing education requirements.