Does this course prepare you for a certification?
Yes. You will be prepared to sit for the CER (Certified Electronic Reporter) and CDR (Certified Deposition Reporter) exams through AAERT (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers).
What are the certification exam requirements?
Preparing for an AAERT Certification Exam
In order to sit for the exam(s), testers must:
- be eligible for a notary public commission AND
- have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent.
For a greater likelihood of passing the exam, the following is recommended (not required) for testers:
- have one year of experience as a reporter or transcriber; OR
- have completed a course of study in court reporting.
What is a Digital Reporter?
Digital reporters play a key role in the legal system by capturing and maintaining a verbatim record of court proceedings. Within the legal industry, digital reporters might also be known as electronic reporters. Digital reporters must obtain their Notary license in order to swear in witnesses. To create an accurate and detailed record of case events, digital reporters operate digital recording software to record, annotate, and submit court proceedings. Some digital reporters also create the official transcript of the court proceedings they cover.
What are the career advantages of becoming a digital reporter as opposed to a stenographer?
According to AAERT data, court reporting companies that transition into digital are expected to save nearly $250,000 over the next decade. Because of this, there is a growing demand for court reporters with the skill set to use digital court reporting technology.
Will this course help you transition from being a stenographer to a digital reporter?
Yes, this course will teach you how to record the proceedings with digital technology and how to take notes using a software platform. Experienced stenographers may find the "Legal System and Terminology" module less challenging, but this is still essential information needed to pass the AAERT exam.
How much do digital reporters make?
According to Ziprecruiter.com, the annual salary for a digital reporter in the United States is $41,484 a year.
What is a notary and how do I become a notary?
Notaries review and validate signatures made on documents, as well as swear-in witnesses to testify under oath. Learn how to become a notary here.
What skills do you need for this career?
This career requires excellent English written and verbal skills, professionalism, visual and tactile acuity, and being comfortable with technology.
Can I register for a course if I am an international student?
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
When can I start the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Can I get financial assistance?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
How can I get more information about this course?
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