This curriculum contains the Digital Reporting, Legal Transcription, and Prepare to Pass courses.

This 175-hour self-paced course is designed to be taken by a person wishing to prepare for AAERT certification as a digital court reporter and legal transcriptionist.

Individuals taking this course will learn about the court system, legal procedure, terminology, ethics, professionalism, confidentiality. During the digital reporting portion of the course, students will learn how to cover all types of legal proceedings, including how to work with digital reporting software and equipment. There is no hands-on training with DR equipment. During the legal transcription portion of the course, students will gain the knowledge to format, transcribe, edit, and proofread legal transcripts for correct grammar, punctuation, and word usage. In addition to many exercises, quizzes, and self-graded assignments, students will receive personalized feedback on instructor-graded transcription assignments. 

Equipment Requirements: 

  • Infinity USB Foot Pedal, headphones, and free version of Express Scribe software. 
  • MS Word (Microsoft Word 2016, 2019, and Office 365) or CAT software. (We do not offer support for CAT software.)
  • Some assignments in the Digital Reporting course require the use of DR software to complete. Any type of DR software can be used to complete this course. For students who don't have DR software, we have made available a 45-day trial of DRC-B software through an industry partner. The trial software works on PCs and will not work with other operating systems used on computers/devices like Mac, Android, Chrome Notebooks, or iOS. Minimum computer specs: Current Generation Quad Core Intel Processor / 8GB RAM / 15” Diagonal Screen Size / Screen Resolution of 1366 x 768 or higher.  (If using a desktop with no internal sound card, it may be necessary to plug in an external microphone.)
  • PC-based computer with Windows 8.1 or better. (Most software companies in this industry are PC-friendly. You can use a Mac in this course, but we do not offer support for Mac-specific questions. You cannot use a Mac if you plan to use the trial DR software provided.)  

Course Access: 365 days

Course Outline

  • Digital Reporting (CER Prep)
    • The Legal System
    • Terminology
    • Hardware
    • Your Software and Annotations
    • On the Job and On the Record
    • Court Work and Large Proceedings
    • Professionalism & Ethics
    • Instructor-Graded Annotation Assignment
  • Legal Transcription (CET Prep)
    • English Language
    • Grammar and Punctuation
    • Word, Text Expansion, and Research
    • Software and Annotations
    • Building the Transcript
    • Working Environment
    • Professionalism & Ethics
    • Instructor-Graded Transcription Assignments
    • Certification and Finals
  • Prepare to Pass
    This shorter, 15-hour course is designed as a final review before you take the AAERT CET and CER exams.
    • Vocabulary
    • The Legal System
    • Court Reporting
    • Legal Transcription

Course Fee: $1,695


BlueLedge is an AAERT approved training center, preparing students for national certification in digital court reporting and legal transcription. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the job opportunity?

There is a growing demand for court reporters and transcribers in the court systems as well as by private firms across the United Stated and the world. The nature of the court reporting and transcribing industry is that you truly can work anywhere, as there are always needs.

What defines a good digital court reporter?

Court reporters should be customer service focused, organized, capable of conducting different work in a variety of environments with people from a diverse background and capable of utilizing the legal knowledge gained through BlueLedge.

What does AAERT approval mean?

BlueLedge has passed a rigorous evaluation process by the nationally recognized governing association for digital/electronic reporters and legal transcribers to ensure the highest quality education for our students.

What defines a good legal transcriptionist?

Legal transcriptionists should be detail oriented, have a firm grasp of the English language, organized, capable of sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time while listening to audio with the legal knowledge gained through our training courses.