This 40-hour self-paced CDR-prep course is designed to give participants a thorough understanding of digital court reporting to cover depositions and other non-court proceedings. 

Individuals taking this course will learn about the court system, legal procedure, terminology, ethics, professionalism, confidentiality. Students will learn how to work with digital reporting software and equipment, and they will practice annotating with digital reporting software. There is no hands-on training with digital reporting equipment.

Equipment Requirements:

  • 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 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 and you cannot use a Mac if you plan to use the trial DR software provided.)  

Course Access: 180 days 

Course Preview

  • The Legal System
  • Hardware and Software
  • On the Job and On the Record
  • Professionalism in the Legal System
  • Capture the Record Assignments
  • Instructor-Graded Assignment

Course Fee: $455


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 transcriptionists in the court systems as well as by private firms across the United States and the world. The nature of the court reporting and transcription 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 transcription 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.