Digital Court Reporting with 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...

6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
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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 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.

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
  1. Digital Court Reporter
    1. The Legal System
      1. Court System
      2. Laws
      3. Life Cycle of a Case
      4. Proceedings
      5. Types of Court Reporters
    2. Terminology
      1. Historic Terminology
      2. Legal Terminology
      3. Medical Terminology
      4. Business Terminology
    3. Hardware
      1. Sound
      2. Audio Equipment
      3. Additional Equipment
    4. Your Software and Annotations
      1. Software
      2. Annotations
      3. Annotation Practice
    5. On the Job and On the Record
      1. Before the Proceeding
      2. During the Proceeding
      3. After the Proceeding
      4. Working with a Legal Videographer
    6. Court Work and Large Proceedings
      1. Intro to Courtroom Proceedings
      2. Types of Court Proceedings
      3. Court Annotations
      4. Large Proceedings
    7. Professionalism in the Legal System
      1. Professionalism and Decorum
      2. Ethics
      3. Maintain Confidentiality
    8. Course Wrap up
      1. The Transcript
      2. AAERT Certification Information
      3. Final Test
  2. Legal Transcription
    1. Transcriptionist Software Setup
    2. English Language
      1. Parts of Speech
      2. Confusing Words
      3. Spelling Rules
      4. International English
    3. Terminology
      1. Historic Terminology
      2. Legal Terminology
      3. Medical Terminology
      4. Business Terminology
    4. Grammar and Punctuation
      1. Capitalization
      2. Numbers
      3. Introduction to Punctuation
      4. Sentence Punctuation
      5. More Punctuation and Formatting
    5. Building the Transcript
      1. Annotations from Reporter
      2. Transcript Formatting
      3. Proofreading Assignments
      4. Researching
      5. Transcription Assignments
    6. Transcription Assignments & Working Environment
      1. Working Environment
      2. Transcription Assignments
    7. Transcription Assignments & Course Wrap Up
      1. Transcription Assignments
      2. Certification
      3. Final

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 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.


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


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.
  • If using a desktop computer with no internal sound card, it may be necessary to plug in an external USB microphone.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe 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.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 about financial assistance.

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