Transcription classes are offered through certificate and associate's degree programs in court reporting. These programs may also include closed-captioning transcription training and broadcast reporting classes. Most court reporters and transcriptionists learn the trade through programs at community and technical colleges. Many states require licensure for court reporters, and individuals may have to pursue different licenses or certifications based on the type of transcription technology they use.
Lectures in court transcription courses teach students about the following:
- Shorthand writing machines and transcription software
- Roles and duties of court reporters
- Transcription and dictation in legal, medical, and other settings
- Social responsibilities and ethics
- Medical terminology
List of Courses
Court Reporting Orientation Course
Instructors guide students through a survey of court reporting, including its history and standards. Course assignments present information about job tasks and duties, including explaining the importance of accuracy and speed as well as confidentiality. Additional topics include certification testing, closed captioning and professional development.
Real-Time Writing Theory Courses
This multi-course series introduces students to instantaneous translation and real-time writing principles. Students develop abilities to write spoken testimony and statements with appropriate punctuation. Additional topics include shorthand theory, analysis of shorthand notes and read-back practice. Weekly tests are given to improve accuracy and speed, helping students learn to transcribe unfamiliar material at 225 words per minute with 95% accuracy by the end of the final course.
Speed Building for Reporting Courses
This multi-course series reviews real-time writing principles and introduces broadcast reporting and judicial reporting--the two most common forms of transcription employment. Daily and weekly assignments help build transcription speeds. By the end of the final course, students should meet or exceed the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) standards for testimony transcription, jury charges and literary tests.
Computer-Aided Transcription Course
The class reviews the technology used in court and broadcast transcription, including shorthand writing machines and computers. Students review punctuation rules and learn advanced features of transcription software. Topics include computer terminology, printing tips and electronic file management.
English for Court Reporters Course
Students review and improve their knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation. Class assignments teach methods for correcting parallelism errors, run-ons and comma splices. Other topics include vocabulary building exercises, effective essay writing and editing.