You need to make sure that the school is APPROVED by the CSR Board (California Shorthand Reporters Board). To be a Court Reporter in California, a student needs to be Qualified by an APPROVED school in order to take the above exam. You can find out EASILY by checking the CSR web site:
Ask what qualifications/degrees the teachers have at the school you are inquiring.
NO COURT REPORTING SCHOOL can tell you how long it will take for you to finish their program. A school can give you an outline of their program and classes, but it is ULTIMATELY up to the student how long it will take for he/she to finish. Finishing Court Reporting school depends on how much a student studies/practices. Every student moves at a different pace.
Find out the tuition fees of each school. There are several public schools and private schools. The fees vary TREMENDOUSLY between them. Keep in mind that public schools have low fees because they receive funds from the State of California.
Ask if the school has NEW/UP-TO-DATE computers available for the students to use.
Ask if the school teaches and has available to the students real-time software.
Ask the school how many hours of dictation/speed tests that they give per week to their students. Also, ask if that is with a live teacher or not.
After a student obtains his/her CSR license, he/she can go to work immediately. Courts and Deposition agencies are eager to hire licensed CSRs from any and all schools.