The Transcription Basics course will provide an overview of fundamental skills that are necessary for creating a high-quality transcript. This course will offer skill-building exercises in research techniques, understanding accents, listening in context, using Word to your advantage, general formatting, and proofreading.

You will learn general formatting guidelines. Federal (AAERT) formatting is not covered in this course.

Before taking this course, students should have a good understanding of all English, grammar, and punctuation rules. If you don't, we recommend taking our English, Grammar, and Punctuation course before taking this course.

In addition to exercises, quizzes, and self-graded assignments, students will receive personalized feedback on instructor-graded transcription assignments. 

Equipment Requirements: This curriculum requires the use of a PC-based computer with Windows 8.1 or better, MS Word (Microsoft Word 2016, 2019, and Office 365) or CAT software, free version of Express Scribe software, and an Infinity USB Foot Pedal. Headphones are also recommended.

(15 hours / 1.5 CEUs)


Course Preview

  • Transcription Basics
    • Introduction
    • General Formatting (not federal)
    • Transcription Skills
    • MS Word for Transcription
    • Text Expansion
    • Proofreading Skills
    • Instructor-Graded Transcription Assignments 

Course Fee: $349


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 transcriptionists 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.