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Captioning and Court Reporting

Sep 03, 2019
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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of B- in the course(s) or program

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To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. Fact Sheet - Captioning and Court Reporting (pdf)
  2. Candidate Guide - Captioning and Court Reporting (pdf)
  3. Applicaton Form (pdf)
  4. Payment Form (pdf)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

The need for speed

Captioners and court reporters are highly skilled professionals who can capture speech at speeds of 225 words per minute (wpm) and higher. Using an electronic shorthand machine and sophisticated computer technology, reporters translate a conversation virtually simultaneously to the printed word.

Being a captioner or court reporter is a profession like no other. It is exciting to meet the challenges when no 2 days are alike and when you learn new and fascinating information every day. 

NAIT offers the only captioning and court reporting program in western Canada to be approved by the National Court Reporters Association - a 35,000 member organization based in the United States. Consequently, the program is well-regarded and graduates obtain employment not only across Canada and the United States, but around the world.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills 

In the Captioning and Court Reporting program, you will learn how to write machine shorthand at 225 words per minute (or faster). This will allow you to work as a court reporter, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) provider or broadcast captioner. 

You can expect to learn and develop:

  • the ability to write machine shorthand verbatim at 225 words per minute with 95% accuracy
  • proficiency with computer-aided transcription software
  • comprehensive English skills
  • an extensive understanding of criminal and civil law
  • interpersonal and leadership skills

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Graduates are in strong demand and are compensated well. Captioning and court reporting has had an extremely high graduate placement rate since program inception. Thanks to the increased demand for captioning in digital media, these rates are expected to increase.

NAIT graduates are employed locally, across Canada and internationally. It is often possible to work from home. 

Most graduates work as independent contractors, with some hired as employees. Graduates can find employment with the following job titles:

  • Court reporter - writing court trials, questions on discovery, and quasi-judicial hearings
  • CART provider - writing realtime in educational, corporate or community settings
  • Broadcast captioner - writing live television events and internet programming

Typical employers

  • Court reporting firms
  • Broadcast captioing firms
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Provincial and federal government

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Student Service Centre

  • Email: askNAIT@nait.ca
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General program information

  • Len Sperling, Chair
  • Email: lens@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.471.7645
  • Fax: 780.471.8946


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Term 1

CACR1121Trial Procedures
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR121
  • Open Studies: Available

In order to write effectively and produce accurate transcripts, it is essential for a court reporter to understand the Canadian judicial system. This is an introductory course providing an overview of legal principles and trial procedures, with an emphasis placed on legal terminology. Students will explain and relate the trial process for both civil and criminal cases.

CACR1131Machine Shorthand Theory I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR131
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Success in this program and in industry is dependent upon mastery of machine shorthand theory. Students will attain proficiency in machine shorthand theory which is then used to write Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material. These foundational skills include writing prefixes, root words, suffixes, and numbers.

CACR1132Machine Shorthand Theory II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Success in this program and in industry is dependent upon mastery of machine shorthand theory. Students will attain proficiency in machine shorthand theory which is then used to write Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material. These foundational skills include writing prefixes, root words, suffixes, and numbers.

CACR1133Machine Shorthand Theory III
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Success in this program and in industry is dependent upon mastery of machine shorthand theory. Students will attain proficiency in machine shorthand theory which is then used to write Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material. These foundational skills include writing prefixes, root words, suffixes, and numbers.

ENGL1141Fundamental English for CACR
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE141
  • Open Studies: Available

ENGL 1141 is an in-depth study of English grammar and mechanics to introduce the student to the following concepts: parts of speech, sentence types and errors, and punctuation of the spoken word. The course also includes spelling rules and vocabulary development.

Term 2

CACR1212CAT Software I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisites: CACR1131, CACR1132, CACR1133.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR212
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A thorough command and efficient use of computer-aided transcription (CAT) software is critical to the success of a captioner or court reporter. This course introduces students to industry-specific technology and the essential skills necessary for transcript production. Students will learn to generate and manage documents using CAT software.

CACR1222Criminal and Civil Law
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR222
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A functional understanding of criminal and civil law is required for a court reporter to work effectively in a legal setting. This course introduces students to offences contained in the Criminal Code of Canada and defences to those criminal charges. Students will gain an understanding of constitutional law, tort law, and contract law. This course will enable students to better appreciate and carry out their role as court reporters within the legal system.

CACR1232Machine Shorthand Testing I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisites: CACR1131, CACR1132, CACR1133. Co-requisite: CACR1235 and CACR1236 or CACR1233.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR232
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters must be able to write and produce verbatim transcripts within prescribed timelines. This course requires students to demonstrate their machine shorthand proficiency by testing at 80 to 140 wpm speed levels on Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer material. Emphasis is placed on producing accurate transcripts.

CACR1234Machine Shorthand Theory IV
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisites: CACR1131, CACR1132, CACR1133.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Success in this program and in industry is dependent upon mastery of machine shorthand theory. Students will attain a high proficiency in machine shorthand theory which is then used to enhance writing Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material. These foundational skills include writing prefixes, root words, suffixes, and numbers.

CACR1235Machine Shorthand Development IA
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Co-Requisites: CACR1232, CACR1236. Pre-Requisites: CACR1131, CACR1132, CACR1133.
  • Course Equivalencies: CACR1233, CACR1236, LRR233
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters develop enhanced shorthand techniques to attain the writing skill necessary to report live proceedings. Students will incorporate briefs, phrases, and specialized vocabulary when writing Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material. This course builds upon the machine shorthand theory mastered in CACR1131, CACR1132, and CACR1133 and is a complementary course to CACR1232 and a consecutive course in the same term to CACR1236

CACR1236Machine Shorthand Development IB
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Co-Requisites: CACR1232, CACR1235. Pre-Requisites: CACR1131, CACR1132, CACR1133.
  • Course Equivalencies: CACR1233, CACR1235, LRR233
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters utilize enhanced shorthand techniques to attain the writing skill necessary to report live proceedings. Students will incorporate briefs, phrases, and specialized vocabulary when writing Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material. This course builds upon the machine shorthand theory mastered in CACR1131, CACR1132, and CACR1133 and is a complementary course to CACR1232 and a consecutive course in the same term to CACR1235.

ENGL1242Intermediate English for CACR
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisite: ENGL1141.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE242
  • Open Studies: Not Available

ENGL 1242 is an in-depth study of punctuation, capitalization, and number rules, as well as proofreading and paragraphing of the spoken word. The course also includes spelling and vocabulary development.

Term 3

CACR2314CAT Software II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisite: CACR1212.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A thorough command and efficient use of computer-aided transcription (CAT) software is critical to the success of captioners and court reporters. This course builds upon the outcomes learned in CAT Software I and provides students with advanced tools necessary to maximize proficiency and efficiency. Students will assess and configure CAT software for realtime applications. Students will also incorporate intermediate and advanced features to generate and manage documents using CAT software.

CACR2333Machine Shorthand Testing II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisites: CACR1212; CACR1232; CACR1235 and CACR1236, or CACR1233. Co-requisites: CACR2335, CACR2336.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR333
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters must be able to write and produce verbatim transcripts within prescribed timelines. This course requires students to demonstrate their machine shorthand proficiency by testing at 140 to 160 wpm speed levels on Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer material. Emphasis is placed on producing accurate transcripts.

CACR2335Machine Shorthand Development IIA
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Co-Requisites: CACR2333, CACR2336. Pre-Requisites: CACR1232; CACR1235 and CACR1236 or CACR1233.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters utilize enhanced shorthand techniques to attain the writing skill necessary to report live proceedings. This course builds upon the machine shorthand development mastered in in CACR1235 and CACR1236 to Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material. Students will further develop proficiency writing briefs, phrases, and specialized vocabulary. This is a complementary course to CACR2333 and a consecutive course in the same term to CACR2336.

CACR2336Machine Shorthand Development IIB
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Co-Requisites: CACR2335, CACR2333. Pre-Requisites:CACR1232; CACR1235 and CACR1236 or CACR1233.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters utilize enhanced shorthand techniques to attain the writing skill necessary to report live proceedings. This course builds upon the machine shorthand development mastered in CACR1235 and CACR1236 to Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material. Students will further develop proficiency writing briefs, phrases, and specialized vocabulary. This is a complementary course to CACR2333 and a consecutive course to CACR2335.

CACR2351Transcript Production
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisite: CACR1233. Co-requisite: CACR2333.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR351
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Members of the legal community rely on court reporters to prepare and provide verbatim transcripts as part of their role in the administration of justice. Using CAT software, students will write, edit, and proofread transcripts in accordance with prescribed industry formats and styles incorporating title pages, parentheticals, and indices.

CACR2414Current Events and Specialized Terminology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR223
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters in industry report a wide range of topics in diverse proceedings which they are expected to accurately transcribe.  In this course, emphasis is placed on specialized vocabulary development and knowledge of current events and popular culture.  Students will write, research, and/or transcribe specialized terminology and demonstrate an understanding of current events.

ENGL2343Advanced English for CACR
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisite: ENGL1242.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE343
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course reinforces and builds on the principles covered in ENGL 1141 and ENGL 1242 and begins with a review of grammar, punctuation, and skills for shorthand reporters, leading to their application in transcripts of legal proceedings. Work in spelling, vocabulary development, and proofreading is also included.

Term 4

CACR2311Medical Terminology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisites: CACR1131, CACR1132, CACR1133.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR211
  • Open Studies: Not Available

As a significant amount of legal proceedings involve medico-legal vocabulary and personal injury terms, court reporters need a strong understanding of medical terminology. This course provides an overview of medical terminology and anatomy. It includes the study of basic anatomy, body systems and functions, psychological and physical diseases and drugs, and methods of researching medical information. To reinforce concepts learned, students will incorporate machine shorthand and CAT dictionary building skills.

CACR2313Captioning and CART
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisite: CACR1212, CACR2314.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR313
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Broadcast Captioning and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) are dynamic career paths which provide communication access to enhance quality of life for the deaf and hard of hearing communities. This course introduces students to the specific skill sets required in the captioning and CART fields. Students will effectively communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing communities and demonstrate sensitivity awareness . Further, they will configure and use various computer-aided transcription software applications in these environments.

CACR2434Machine Shorthand Testing III
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisites: CACR1212, CACR1232, CACR1233. Co-requisites: CACR2435, CACR2436.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR434
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters must be able to write and produce verbatim transcripts within prescribed timelines. This course requires students to demonstrate their machine shorthand proficiency by testing at 180 to 225 wpm speed levels on Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer material. Emphasis is placed on producing accurate transcripts.

CACR2435Machine Shorthand Development IIIA
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisites: CACR1232, CACR1235 and CACR1236, or CACR1233. Co-requisites: CACR2434, CACR2436. Student needs 60% for progression
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR435
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters utilize enhanced shorthand techniques to attain the writing skill necessary to report live proceedings. Students will incorporate briefs, phrases, and specialized vocabulary when writing Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material. This course builds upon the machine shorthand development mastered in CACR2335 and CACR2336. It is a consecutive course to CACR2436 and a complementary course to CACR2434.

CACR2436Machine Shorthand Development IIIB
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisites: CACR1232; CACR1235 and CACR1236 or CACR1233. Co-requisites: CACR2435, CACR2434. Student needs 60% for progression.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters utilize enhanced shorthand techniques to attain the writing skill necessary to report live proceedings. Students will incorporate briefs, phrases, and specialized vocabulary when writing Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material. This course builds upon the machine shorthand development mastered in CACR2335 and CACR2336. It is a consecutive course to CACR2435 and a complementary course to CACR2434

CACR2452Reporting Procedures
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisite: CACR2351. Progression mark: 60%
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A comprehensive understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the court reporter in legal proceedings is an integral part of the administration of justice. In this course, classroom simulations and industry field trips allow students to exhibit and observe the responsibilities of court reporters. Students will perform the required tasks of a court reporter at each stage of a legal proceeding by integrating their interpersonal, shorthand, and transcription skills.

CACR2453Ethics and Professional Development
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program that have completed Level 1.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR452, LRR453
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters are participants in complex and serious matters affecting individuals and society; therefore, their integrity and professional practices must be exemplary. This course prepares students for the professional environment and the work integrated learning course. Principles of personal presentation, leadership and interpersonal skills, remuneration and financial management, and business ethics will be applied. Students will obtain a Commissioner for Oaths appointment.

Level 2 Term 3

CACR2593Practical Training
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program.
  • Course Equivalencies: LRR553
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The transition from student to professional is a significant step. This course provides a bridge between campus –based learning to assuming the role of a court reporter. Students will write a minimum of 40 hours in various industry settings with practicing court reporters, CART providers and broadcast captioners. Students will exhibit professional conduct and demonstrate the mastery of verbatim shorthand reporting.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $150
Tuition Cap: $1,883

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $473
Tuition Cap: $5,931

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $775
Level 1 Term 2: $275
Level 2 Term 1: $525
Level 2 Term 2: $200

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

  • 65% in Grade 12 English
  • One of: Grade 12 Social Studies or Legal Studies or Post-Secondary Sociology or Post- secondary Psychology or work experience that demonstrates an understanding of social systems.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Additional Requirements and Considerations

  • Keyboard familiarity
  • Excellent hearing
  • English Language Requirements: Captioning and Court Reporting is a specialized language program. Strong command of the English language, especially listening and writing skills, is essential to a student's success in this program.

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