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Train for a career in the court reporting industry as a digital court reporter and legal transcriptionist.
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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 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 to determine whether they use digital reporting methods. Then ask if they recognize AAERT certification.
What you will learn
How you will benefit
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:
To complete this course, you will need the following:
Our highly knowledgeable Enrollment Specialists will answer any questions you might have about the course and payment options.
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.
Does this course prepare you for a certification?
Yes. You will be prepared to sit for the CER (Certified Electronic Reporter), CDR (Certified Deposition Reporter), and CET (Certified Electronic Transcriber) exams through AAERT (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers).
What are the certification exam requirements?
Preparing for an AAERT Certification Exam
In order to sit for the exam(s), testers must:
For a greater likelihood of passing the exam, the following is recommended (not required) for testers:
What is a Digital Reporter?
Digital reporters play a key role in the legal system by capturing and maintaining a verbatim record of court proceedings. Within the legal industry, digital reporters might also be known as electronic reporters. Digital reporters must obtain their Notary license in order to swear in witnesses. To create an accurate and detailed record of case events, digital reporters operate digital recording software to record, annotate, and submit court proceedings. Some digital reporters also create the official transcript of the court proceedings they cover.
What is a Legal Transcriptionist?
The legal industry relies on legal transcriptionists to transcribe audio recordings of depositions, hearings, trials, and other legal proceedings. They will transcribe, format, proof, and certify official transcripts.
How much do digital reporters make?
According to Ziprecruiter.com, the annual salary for a digital reporter in the United States is $41,484 a year.
How much do legal transcriptionists make?
According to Ziprecruiter.com, the annual salary for a legal transcriptionist in the United States is $34,544 a year. Many transcriptionists work as independent contractors, so pay is dependent on how much a transcriptionist works.
What is a notary and how do I become a notary?
Notaries review and validate signatures made on documents, as well as swear-in witnesses to testify under oath. Learn how to become a notary here.
What skills do you need for this career?
This career requires excellent English written and verbal skills, professionalism, visual and tactile acuity, and being comfortable with technology.
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 the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.
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 about financial assistance.
How can I get more information about this course?
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