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.
Under section 6.9 (a) of the JBCC Rules, court reporters and court reporting firms are required to obtain 10 hours of approved continuing education, inclusive of 2.5 hours in ethics, TX rules, or both. Additionally, under this same section of the rules, a certified court reporter or a firm principal 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 accept applications for approval of continuing education from course providers, certified shorthand reporters, and court reporting firms. A course outline must be submitted with each request for approval as well as copies of the speaker bios. The course outline must contain the following information:
a. Describe course content (i.e., detailed description of each session of the program)
b. Indicate the time allotted to each segment (i.e., the start and end time of each session of the program in quarter hours for in-person courses , or listing each session duration using quarter hour increments for online courses). See examples below:
- In-person course example: 8:00-8:15, 9:45-11:30, etc.
- Online course example: .25 hrs, .50 hrs, .75, hrs, 1.0 hrs, 2.5 hrs, etc.
c. The date and location of the course (i.e., city/state for in-person courses, or website for online courses)
d. Any sessions in Ethics or TX rules must be identified on the outline as well.
When submitting CE applications online, enter data in the "Course Location" field, as follows:
a. For in-person courses: enter just the city/cities (for TX courses), or city/cities and state (for non-TX courses), or
b. For online courses: enter the website address where the course is offered
c. skip the City, State and Zip fields.
Entering the location this way helps to ensure it is displayed properly for those searching our system to see what is available in their area(s).
For Course Type, please only select Seminar, Online, or Other.
Approved courses can be found in our online licensing system located on our home page. A course must be approved before a certified shorthand reporter can claim the hours for renewal purposes.
Under section 6.9 (c) of the JBCC Rules, notwithstanding Rule 4.3, a certified court reporter or court reporting firm must submit requests for approval of continuing education no later than 2 months before the date their certification or registration expires.
Applying for Continuing Education Approval
To apply for approval of a continuing education course, you must submit a request for CE approval by way of our online certification and licensing system located on our home page. Please refer to the pdf Guide to Using the Online System, as well as the pdf slideshow for how to apply for course approval online, on our home page for instructions on the online application process.
Note: If the course is already approved (i.e., it already has a JBCC program number shown on the certificate), you do not have to apply for CE approval.
Providers, online courses and in-person courses must be applied for separately. If you have a course you offered in-person and wish to offer all (or part of) it online, you must submit the required course approval form. Each will be assigned its own program number.
Applications will be reviewed to determine compliance with Commission's rules. Applicants will be notified of the determination via an automated email through our licensing system.
Inquiries Regarding Paperwork
Applications are processed as soon as possible, in the order of which they are received. Due to the volume of applications received, processing times can vary; therefore, we are unable to provide more specific timeframes.
Applicants must confirm receipt of their applications, and the status of their applications, by referring to the View Pending Applications page of their online profiles. All applicants are sent automated email confirmations of successful application submission, and when applications are approved. Inquiries for application status checks or receipt confirmation will not be replied to unless determined by staff that there’s been a delay in processing your application, and you have not received prior notification. We receive many of these inquiries and each email takes time to research and respond to which delays the processing of applications. Thank you for your understanding.
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.