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This course prepares students 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. The majority of legal transcriptionists work from their 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 recognized as the leading certification for courts and businesses throughout the United States and is required my 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 find out whether they use digital reporting methods. Then ask if they recognize AAERT certification.
What you will learn
How you will benefit
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The supplies required for this course are included in enrollment. The following will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
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.
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.
Can I register for courses 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, CET (Certified Electronic Transcriber) exam.
When can I start this course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.
What if I don't have enough time to complete the course within the time frame provided?
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 will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also be assigned a Student Advisor for academic support.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.
Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.
Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. To 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.”
What are the certification 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 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.
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