Mastering Transcription's digital reporting training course prepares an applicant to become certified as a digital court reporter (CER) and transcriptionist (CET) through the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (www.aaert.org). The academic portion of the training is online and is at the applicant's pace. The internship is hands-on with a court reporter, either in court or at depositions.
It is Mastering Transcription's goal to raise the bar for digital court reporters. We strongly advocate that each digital court reporter also obtain AAERT's transcriptionist certification and become a notary (in order to swear in witnesses).
Steno court reporters and voice writing reporters handle their reporting assignments from A to Z, meaning they report/record and transcribe; we believe that digital court reporters should also. However, if a digital court reporter prefers to outsource the transcription portion, as steno and voice writers sometimes do, that is acceptable.
The program also trains and qualifies one to sit for the Louisiana digital court reporters' examination.
The objectives of this course are to:
Applicant must be over the age of 18, have a high school or GED equivalency, preferred typing speed of at least 60 words per minute, and have the ability to work within the Word processing program;
Applicant must be computer literate and comfortable with recording technology, microphones, and mixers;
Applicant must be able to pass a criminal background check;
Applicant will be given a pre-test via email which will include basic punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary. A score of 70 percent or greater must be achieved to be accepted as a student.
NOTE: Each student is required to undergo a background check BEFORE starting the program. We want to ensure that you will be employable after completion of the course.
The background checks are conducted by prior police officers. Applicants cannot have a felony conviction within ten (10) years.
Note: Credit will not be run nor is it a determining factor.
Students will be required to purchase the necessary equipment and textbooks for the course through the school or on their own prior to starting classes:
In consideration of my acceptance for the Mastering Transcription course (APPROVED BY AAERT, see www.aaert.org) as of the above date, I hereby enroll and obligate myself to pay to the order of Mastering Transcription, LLC, $150.00 as a registration fee and $3,500.00 as tuition.
Three-Business-Day Cancellation: I understand that if or any reason I am unable to enter, all monies paid will be refunded if requested within three business days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment.
Access to Online Portal: Once student begins the course, it must be completed with 24 months of start date, unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as a military deployment or serious medical condition.
I CERTIFY THAT I HAVE RECEIVED, READ, AND UNDERSTAND THE MASTERING TRANSCRIPTION, LLC CATALOG (which may be subject to revision at any time) WHICH CONTAINS: My course outline, schedule or tuition, books, fees, and other charges, cancellation policy, grading policy, and understand it is subject to representation as expressed herein. I agree to comply with these policies during my period of enrollment in the course.