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This course prepares you to enter the in-demand field of legal transcription. As litigation continues to rise nationwide and the technology used to capture testimony evolves, there is a tremendous need for legal transcribers. Most legal transcriptionists work from home, which presents a substantial opportunity for those looking to work remotely in a career with a secure future. Legal transcriptionists generally work remotely on contract or staff for court reporting agencies or court systems.
This course thoroughly prepares you for AAERT's (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) national certification, CET (Certified Electronic Transcriber) exam. The AAERT certification is the leading certification for courts and businesses throughout the United States and is required by various court systems and agencies for employment.
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:
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 for a certification?
Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the AAERT's (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) national certification, CET (Certified Electronic Transcriber) exam.
What are the certification exam requirements?
Preparing for an AAERT Certification Exam
You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the CET certification exam through AAERT.
*Note: A member with less than one year of experience may sit for examinations if provided with (1) a letter of recommendation from an AAERT-certified member or a current employer** or (2) a certificate of completion from an AAERT-approved course. (This course is approved.) 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.
What is a legal transcriptionist?
Within the legal system, transcriptionists turn audio recordings into official written documents. The law industry relies on legal transcriptionists to condense audio recordings including court proceedings, dictated notes, and recorded depositions.
How to become a legal transcriptionist?
To become a legal transcriptionist, you will need a high school diploma and entry-level experience in an office or legal setting. Formal legal transcription training expands your employment opportunities and can be substituted for experience for an entry-level position.
What is a Legal Transcriptionist Salary?
According to Ziprecruiter.com, a legal transcriptionist in the United States has an average salary of $34,209.
What is the difference between a digital court reporter and legal transcriptionist?
Digital court reporters capture court proceedings, while legal transcriptionists transcribe dictated recordings into an official document. A traditional court reporter uses stenography equipment to transcribe the spoken word. A digital court reporter uses digital recording software to transcribe the spoken word.
Can legal transcriptionists work from home?
Yes, many legal transcriptionists are independent contractors that work from home and contract their services to attorneys and legal employers. Some legal transcriptionists have a full-time position as legal secretaries, paralegals, or law clerks and offer transcription services part-time.
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.
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.
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?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student 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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