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Digital Court Reporter and Legal Transcription

Court reporting is one of the fastest-growing career areas in the legal system. This 100% online course will prepare you to enter the court reporting field as both a digital court reporter and a legal transcriber. You will be fully prepared to pass the Certified Electronic Reporter (CER) and Certified Electronic Transcriber (CET) exams, offered by the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT). The AAERT’s nationally recognized certifications are leading credentials required by various court systems and agencies.

Note: If taking the course to prepare for the exam, please research the locations you are interested in working in to find out whether they use digital reporting methods. Then ask if they recognize AAERT certification.

6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Purchase College, SUNY

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Digital Court Reporter and Legal Transcription

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES2097

What You Will Learn
  • Professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality
  • Fundamentals of our legal system including Legal, medical, and industry terminology
  • Legal, medical, and industry terminology
  • Digital reporting hardware and software including practice using digital recording software
  • Transcript formatting, focusing on federal court systems
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Develop the skills you need to become a successful digital reporter and legal transcriber who can work in the field and at home
  • Be in a position to sit for and pass the AAERT’s (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) Certified Electronic and Transcriber exams, further broadening your options for employment.
  • AAERT certification vastly improves your marketability when applying for work at freelance agencies or court systems, some of which require the certification by law or because of government contracts.

Outline

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Digital Court Reporter
I. The Legal System
  A.   Court System
  B.   Laws
  C.   Life Cycle of a Case
  D.   Proceedings
  E.   Types of Court Reporters
II. Terminology
  A.   Historic Terminology
  B.   Legal Terminology
  C.   Medical Terminology
  D.   Business Terminology
III. Hardware
  A.   Sound
  B.   Audio Equipment
  C.   Additional Equipment
IV. Your Software and Annotations
  A.   Software
  B.   Annotations
  C.   Annotation Practice
V. On the Job and On the Record
  A.   Before the Proceeding
  B.   During the Proceeding
  C.   After the Proceeding
  D.   Working with a Legal Videographer
VI. Court Work and Large Proceedings
  A.   Intro to Courtroom Proceedings
  B.   Types of Court Proceedings
  C.   Court Annotations
  D.   Large Proceedings
VII. Professionalism in the Legal System
  A.   Professionalism and Decorum
  B.   Ethics
  C.   Maintain Confidentiality
VIII. Course Wrap up
  A.   The Transcript
  B.   AAERT Certification Information
  C.   Final Test
Legal Transcription
I. Transcriptionist Software Setup
II. English Language
  A.   Parts of Speech
  B.   Confusing Words
  C.   Spelling Rules
  D.   International English
III. Terminology
  A.   Historic Terminology
  B.   Legal Terminology
  C.   Medical Terminology
  D.   Business Terminology
IV. Grammar and Punctuation
  A.   Capitalization
  B.   Numbers
  C.   Introduction to Punctuation
  D.   Sentence Punctuation
  E.   More Punctuation and Formatting 
V. Building the Transcript
  A.   Annotations from Reporter
  B.   Transcript Formatting
  C.   Proofreading Assignments
  D.   Researching
  E.   Transcription Assignments
VI. Transcription Assignments & Working Environment
  A.   Working Environment
  B.   Transcription Assignments
VII. Transcription Assignments & Course Wrap Up
  A.   Transcription Assignments
  B.   Certification
  C.   Final

Instructors & Support

Merritt Gilbert

Merritt Gilbert is a legal professional with over 10 years of industry experience. She is a Certified Electronic Reporter and holds a Certificate of Voice Writing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.

Natalie Hartsfield

Natalie Hartsfield is a court reporter with more than 10 years of experience in the legal field. She has taught court reporting since 2007. Natalie holds an Occupational Associate Degree in Court Reporting from Stenotype Institute.

Requirements

Requirements

Prerequisites:

High School Diploma and eligible for notary public commissions in your state.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC device. A Mac OS is not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 or later operating systems.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • ExpressScribe software. You will be provided with download instructions upon enrollment.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins, except for the ExpressScribe software.
  • Other: Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The supplies required for this course are included in enrollment. The following will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • AltoEdge USB foot pedal
  • Transcriber Headphones

FAQs

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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the AAERT’s (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) national certification, CER (Certified Electronic Reporter) and CET (Certified Electronic Transcriber) exams.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

What are the certification exam requirements?

Preparing for an AAERT Certification Exam 

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the CET and CER certification exam through AAERT. 

  • AAERT members in good standing, who are eligible for notary public commissions in their states; 
  • have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent; and 
  • have one-year* of experience in reporting or transcribing. 

*Note:  A member with less than one year of experience may sit for examinations if referred by (1) an AAERT certified member or (2) a current employer (for purposes of this referral procedure only, the Committee expands the standard definition of employer to include those who administer reporting or transcribing contracts and who wish to recommend a qualified associate or subcontractor.)A referral must be signed and submitted in writing to AAERT or your exam(s) will be canceled. Apprentice Members MAY NOT sit for any AAERT certification exam. You MUST be an active Individual Member or Corporate Member to take an exam. 

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