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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 courthouse.
This course thoroughly prepares you for AAERT's (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) national certification, CER (Certified Electronic Reporter) exam. The AAERT certification is recognized as 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 in to find out 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 instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
High School Diploma or equivalent and eligible for notary public commissions in your state.
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.
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) exam.
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 about 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 CER certification exam through AAERT.
*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.
What is a Digital Court Reporter?
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.
What is the difference between digital and standard stenographic court reporting?
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.
What are the career advantages of becoming a digital court reporter as opposed to a stenographer?
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.
Will this course help you transition from being a stenographer to a digital court reporter?
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.
How much do digital court reporters make?
According to Ziprecruiter.com, the annual salary for a digital court reporter in the United States is $42,159 a year.
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