School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Captioning and Court Reporting

Sep 07, 2021
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Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

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Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • 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

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the applicable field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

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. PLAR Request 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

Workshops

Discover Steno is a series of free workshops that will introduce applicants to the captioning and court reporting career as well as assess foundational competencies for success in the program.

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 captioning firms
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Provincial and federal government

Have questions? We've got answers 

Contact Student Service Centre

General program information

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


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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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