Digital Court Reporter

This digital court reporting program prepares students to enter the high demand field of court reporting. Currently, the industry is experiencing a severe shortage of court reporters with a need for an additional 10,000 nationwide. The well-established shortage presents a substantial opportunity for those seeking a rewarding career with a secure future. Digital reporters can work in the freelance market for a court reporting agency or they can work as a full-time government employee at a...

6 Months / 60 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES2096

What you will learn

  • Fundamentals of our legal system
  • Professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality
  • Legal, medical, and industry terminology
  • Digital reporting hardware and software including practice using digital recording software
  • Digital court reporting procedure for all types of proceedings; depositions, hearings, trials, etc.

How you will benefit

  • Those who hire court reporters (courthouses and court reporting agencies) highly value national certification through AAERT. It is a requirement to work for various courthouses and agencies.
  • Some court reporting agencies hold contracts with government agencies that require AAERT certification.
  • Receiving and holding an AAERT certification designation demonstrates a continuous dedication and knowledge of the digital court reporting and transcription profession. Completing the AAERT certification process represents proof of your professionalism and an understanding of your trade.

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 60 course hours
  1. The Legal System
    1. Court System
    2. Laws
    3. Life Cycle of a Case
    4. Proceedings
  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

Merritt Gilbert is 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 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 10 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Digital Reporter Console-Basic Edition will be provided partially through the course
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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) exam.

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.

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.

Digital court reporters play a key role in the legal system by capturing and maintaining a verbatim record of court proceedings. Within the legal industry, digital court reporters might also be known as real-time court reporters, electronic court reporters, or computer-assisted court reporters. Regardless of the job title, these individuals are a Notary of the State who swear in witnesses and generate a clear and complete recording of court proceedings. To create an accurate and detailed record of case events, digital court reporters operate digital recording software and transcribing systems to record, tag, and transcribe court proceedings.

A stenographer and digital court reporter both deliver a report based on court proceedings, but their methods differ. Stenographers rely solely on a 22-key stenotype machine to take shorthand notes of the court proceedings. Digital court reporters use audio and video equipment to capture information.

According to AAERT data, court reporting companies that transition into digital are expected to save nearly $250,000 over the next decade. Because of this, there is a growing demand for court reporters with the skill set to use digital court reporting technology.

Yes, this course will teach you how to record the proceedings with digital technology and how to take notes using a software platform. Experienced stenographers may find the "Legal System and Terminology" module less challenging, but this is still essential information needed to pass the AAERT exam.

According to, the annual salary for a digital court reporter in the United States is $42,159 a year.