The beautiful, sunny state of Florida is a real hotbed for those who have an interest in pursuing careers as court reporters. While many schools have very few or even no programs in court reporting, let alone programs that have been certified by the National Court Reporters Association, Florida has several.

These include Atlantic Technical Center, a trade school located in Coconut Creek; Erwin Technical Center, also a trade school and located in Tampa; Key College, a traditional learning institution in Dania; Sheridan Technical Center, a trade school in Hollywood; and Winter Part Tech, a trade school located in Winter Park.

Unfortunately, however, for those who have busy work or family schedules that do not fit in with traditional schooling schedules, attending one of these schools can be a challenge.

The one exception to that rule is Sheridan Technical Center. The reason this school is an exception is because it offers some of its programs online. Online schooling is the perfect option for those who are busy during the day and/or who have too many other demands placed upon them to be able to work around a traditional school schedule.

Even if Sheridan Technical Center’s online program is not right for you, don’t worry. There are thousands of other online schools out there, and the beauty of it is that they do not have to be located in or even anywhere near your state in order for you to attend.

You may, however, have heard quite a few negative things about online schooling. Indeed, these institutions often do get an unfairly bad reputation. The reason for this is because for every good, legitimate online school out there, there are a dozen scam schools that are not accredited or legitimate and that are simply trying to take you and your money for a ride.

This does not mean, of course, that you should swear off of online schools altogether. What it means, instead, is that you must be careful and discerning in choosing your online school.

The first and most important thing you should look for in an online school is one that is accredited. Keep in mind, though, that any school can ( and many do) falsely claim to be accredited. It is up to you not to just take a school’s word for it, but instead to actually check on their accreditation status yourself.

You’ll also want to find a school that offers programs that are respected, well known, and that will, of course and most importantly, provide you with the education and the skills that you require to succeed in the court reporting career of your choice.

As you can see, online schooling is real possibility in the state. In fact, many people now successfully working as court reporters in Florida earned their educations online. However, these people did it the right way – the smart, informed, cautious way. If you are willing to put some time into finding the right program, you can get your education online.