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Online Legal Transcriptionist Training

The Legal Transcriptionist training course prepares you to enter the in-demand field of legal transcription with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful. As litigation continues to rise nationwide and the technology used to capture testimony evolves, there is a tremendous need for legal transcribers. Most legal transcriptionists work from home on contract or staff for court reporting agencies or court systems, which presents a substantial opportunity for those looking to work remotely in a career with a secure future.

This legal transcription certification course thoroughly prepares you for AAERT’s (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) national certification CET (Certified Electronic Transcriber) exam. The AAERT certification is the leading certification for courts and businesses throughout the United States and is required by various court systems and agencies for employment. From legal fundamentals to creating an accurate legal transcript and more, this course is your key to launching a flourishing career as a legal transcriptionist.

Course Objectives

What you will learn

  • How to create an accurate legal transcript
  • Master transcript formatting, focusing on federal court systems
  • Discover parts of speech, proper legal punctuation, and spelling
  • Increase knowledge of legal, medical, and industry terminology
  • Understand professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality
  • Gain fundamentals of the United States legal system

How you will benefit

  • Develop the skills you need to become a successful legal transcriptionist who can work from home
  • Successfully prepare to sit for and pass the AAERT’s (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) Certified Electronic Transcriber (CET) exam
  • The AAERT certification vastly improves your marketability when applying for work at freelance agencies or court systems, some of which require the certification by law or because of government contracts

Registration and Enrollment

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  • Transcriptionist Software Setup
  • Professionalism and the Legal System
  • The Legal System
  • English Language
  • Terminology
  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Building the Transcript
  • Transcription Assignments & Working Environment
  • Transcription Assignments & Course Wrap Up



To complete this course, you will need the following:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Basic computer skills, for example:
    • Create folders/directories and save files
    • Find files saved on a computer and upload them to a webpage
    • Use a web browser and search the Internet
    • Familiarity with a word processing program
    • Ability to use videoconferencing software, like Zoom
  • Eligible for notary public commissions in your state


Merritt Gilbert

Merritt Gilbert is a legal professional with over 10 years of industry experience. She is a Certified Electronic Reporter and holds a Certificate of Voice Writing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.

Natalie Hartsfield

Natalie Hartsfield is a court reporter with more than 10 years of experience in the legal field. She has taught court reporting since 2007. Natalie holds an Occupational Associate Degree in Court Reporting from Stenotype Institute.

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