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Captioning and Court Reporting

Sep 08, 2020
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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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Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services 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. 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 captioning firms
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Provincial and federal government

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Student Service Centre

  • Email: askNAIT@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.471.NAIT (6248)
  • Toll free: 1.877.333.NAIT (6248)

General program information

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


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Term 1

CACR1123Trial Procedures
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In order to write effectively and produce accurate transcripts, it is essential for a court reporter to have an understanding of the law and the Canadian legal system. This course examines principles of law, the trial process for both civil and criminal cases, and legal terminology.

CACR1135Machine Shorthand Theory I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Co-Requisite: CACR1136.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

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

CACR1136Machine Shorthand Theory II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Co-Requisite: CACR1135.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Success in this program and in industry is dependent upon mastery of machine shorthand theory. Students will write Literary/Jury Charge and Question & Answer dictation material at foundational speeds. This course also 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. This is a complementary course to CACR1135.

CACR1141Fundamental English for Captioning and Court Reporting
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Progression in the course is 70%
  • Open Studies: Not Available

To produce accurate transcripts of the spoken word, it is essential to have a strong understanding of English grammar, punctuation, and mechanics principles. This course provides students with an in-depth study of parts of speech, basic grammar rules, and essential punctuation and mechanics principles which will be applied to introductory transcripts. Spelling and vocabulary development will also be studied.

Term 2

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.

CACR1233Machine Shorthand Development I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Prerequisites: CACR1131, CACR1132, CACR1133. Co-requisite: CACR1232.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Court reporters develop enhanced shorthand techniques to attain the writing skill necessary to report live proceedings. Students will inicorporate 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 CACR 1232.

CACR1242Intermediate English for Captioning and Court Reporting
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Pre-Requisite: CACR1141.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

To produce accurate transcripts of the spoken word, it is essential to have a strong understanding of English grammar, punctuation, and mechanics principles. This course reinforces and builds upon the concepts covered in ENGL1141 in addition to providing students with an in-depth study of punctuation, capitalization, and number rules court reporters use and apply to the spoken word. Spelling, vocabulary, and proofreading development will also be studied.

CACR1251Transcript Production I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Pre-Requisites: CACR1235 and CACR1236.
  • Course Equivalencies: CACR2351
  • 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. Incorporating beginner and intermediate CAT software features, students will write, edit, and proofread multivoice civil transcripts in accordance with prescribed industry formats and styles incorporating title pages, parentheticals, and indices.

Term 3

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.

CACR2332

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

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.

CACR2343

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

CACR2352

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

Term 4

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.

CACR2433

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

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.

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.

Term 5

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: $623
Tuition Cap: $7,814

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


The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: Sep 08, 2020

Term Start Date: Sep 08, 2020

Entrance Requirements

  • 65% in English 30-1 or English 30-2
  • 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

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

70% in English 30-1 and successful completion of NAIT’s DiscoverSteno course*

*

Additional Requirements and Considerations

  • English Language Requirement

A strong command of the English language is required for successful progression and completion of this program. Applicants who do not possess English language fluency are strongly encouraged to meet with program staff for a better understanding of the language requirements prior to applying.

  • Computer Literacy - Strong

Applicants are required to possess strong computer skills to ensure a successful progression in this course. Necessary skills include, but are not limited to, fluency in Microsoft Office, proficiency in typing and keyboard entry, and email and web best practices.

  • DiscoverSteno course

Discover Steno is a free course that will introduce applicants to the captioning and court reporting career as well as assess foundational competencies for success in the program. All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete this course.

Discover Steno will be offered in person at NAIT’s main campus or via web conferencing. The course is held on Monday evenings and will take five to six weeks (15 to 18 hours) to complete.

  • October 28, 2019, to December 2, 2019
  • February 2020 TBD
  • May 2020 TBD

Due to high demand and limited availability, It is recommended that applicants enroll in the first available offering. Please contact the Captioning and Court Reporting program office at cor@nait.ca for further information.

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

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.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

CTV Television Inc. Entrance Award - Captioning & Court Reporting $1,450.00
  • Award Amount: $1,450.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a student entering the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in English 30, Grade 12 level Math, Science and Social Studies. Financial need may be a consideration. Disbursement: The first disbursement (half the award value) will be made in October and the second disbursement (half the award value) will be in January, based on the recipient continuing into the second semester.

NorQuest College - Dave Hoy Achievement Award $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a NorQuest College student entering the first year of a Business or Technical program as a full-time student, and who have completed their studies with NorQuest College within the last three years. Awarded on the basis of the highest mark in two combined subjects as follows: if applying to a Technical program the subjects are Math and Science: if applying to a Business program the subjects are Math and English.

Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association - Academic Scholarship - Fall $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement after the first year. Candidates must be an Alberta resident and a member of ASRA.

Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association - Student Leadership Scholarship - Fall $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Captioning and Court Reporting Program at NAIT. Awarded to a student who contributes to a positive learning environment, demonstrates peer leadership, and contributes to their professional community throughout the first and second year of the program. The recipient will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, an ability to effectively handle conflict and time constraints, and conduct themselves as a positive role model and mentor within the program. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability and interest in working collaboratively with their peers, their professional community, and the Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association. Candidates must be a member of the ASRA.

Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association – Wendy Egbert Swann Memorial Bursary $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to single-parent students who are enrolled in the second year of the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic achievement. Applicants must be an Alberta resident and a member of ASRA. If no single-parent students meet the above criteria, married students with dependents will be considered, followed by any student meeting the criteria.

Amicus Award of Excellence in English – Year 1 - Fall $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of top combined mark in Fundamental English for CACRR (ENGL1141) and Intermediate English for CACR (ENGL 1242). Recipient must have completed all course requirements in level one of the program.

Amicus Award of Excellence in English – Year 2 - Fall $1,500.00
  • Award Amount: $1,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students graduating from the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of top academic achievement in Advanced English for CACR (ENG2343). Recipient must have completed all course requirements in year two of the program and have not received the Amicus Award of Excellence in English – Year 1.

National Captioning Canada Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students in the second year of the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated commitment to completing the program, financial need and satisfactory academic achievement.

Neeson Award for Technology Excellence - Winter $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to second year students enrolled in the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the CACR2314, CAT Software II course.

Brutus and Gibbs Scholarship - Spring $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to second year students enrolled in the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the CACR2311, Medical Terminology course.

The Charest Reporting Citizenship Award - Spring $500.00
  • Award Amount: $500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a second year student of the Captioning and Court Reporting program. Awarded on the basis of a commitment to learning, a friendly nature, being a dependable team player with a positive outlook and a contributor to the CCR community. Preference will be given to students seeking employment in Western Canada.

Year 2 Viva Voce Shorthand Excellence Award - Spring $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to second year students enrolled in the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. The student(s) who received the Year 1 Award are not eligible for the Year 2 Award. Awarded to the student who is the first to complete the 225 wpm speed level by the end of Semester 4 in the second year of the program. In the case of a tie, the award will be divided equally.

Year 2 Accuscript Award for Professionalism in Reporting Procedures - Spring $500.00
  • Award Amount: $500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
This award will be granted to a second-year Captioning and Court Reporting student who demonstrates by demeanor, attitude, and behaviour, professional conduct when reporting mock legal proceedings, based on the highest mark achieved in CACR2452, Reporting Procedures. In the case of a tie, the award will go to the student who achieved the highest mark in CACR2351, Transcript Production.

Year 2 Swann Hallberg Award for Transcription Accuracy - Spring $500.00
  • Award Amount: $500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
In Semester 4, second-year students of the Captioning and Court Reporting program will challenge a 160-180 wpm transcript production test developed by Swann Hallberg wherein students must apply comprehension, spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills when reporting and subsequently transcribing. The student with the highest transcription accuracy rate will receive the award.

Bob and Wendy Hiew Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Bob and Wendy Hiew are both NAIT graduates from the Electrical Engineering and Accounting programs. Bob and Wendy have established this bursary in order to support students who are experiencing financial difficulties so they can devote their time to their studies in order to embark on a good career. Available to a second year student enrolled in any full time credit program in either the JR Shaw School of Business, or the School of Applied Sciences and Technology at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic achievement of 75% in the first year of their program at NAIT.

Reportex Award of Excellence in Technology - Fall $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the third semester of the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of top mark on the comprehensive Computer-Aided Transcription (CAT) exam developed by the CACR program. Recipient must demonstrate excellence in technology skills in the first year of the program and have successfully completed all first year course requirements. In the case of a tie for highest mark on the CAT exam, the student with the highest mark in CACR1212 Computer-Aided Transcription that meets the requirements will be selected as the recipient of the award.

Reportex Captioning and Court Reporting Scholarship $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of top academic achievement in the first year of the program with preference being given to a student who has relocated from British Columbia to attend the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT.

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