The Court Transcription certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills to produce accurate transcripts by applying rules of grammar and punctuation to the spoken word of pre-recorded proceedings using machine shorthand and computer-aided transcription software. In addition to court transcript production, graduates may be hired as scopists and proofreaders to aid in court transcript production. Graduates will also have opportunities to produce transcripts and verbatim captions in support of disciplinary proceedings, arbitration hearings, 9-1-1 calls, interviews, investigations, shareholders’ and other meetings, and prerecorded television and Internet videos.

Because Court Transcriptionists work with recordings, their hours and location are often very flexible. Court Transcriptionists are often able to work from a home office and can accept work from across the province and country.

The Court Transcription certificate is a full-time one-year program. Graduates have the opportunity to continue into the Captioning and Court Reporting diploma program.

Quick Facts

Credential: Certificate

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 1 Year

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 1 Year to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Build skills that translate

Gain the knowledge and skills to transcribe pre-recorded materials and enter the workforce in a year. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Write and transcribe verbatim using a steno machine, a specialized keyboard to write in shorthand. 
  • Record and transcribe examinations, testimony, judicial orders and instructions, legal opinions and other formal proceedings via print or electronic methods
  • Use computer-aided transcription software to produce accurate transcripts from recorded proceedings
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of legal terminology, regulations, professional standards, and ethics
  • Apply rules of grammar, punctuation and mechanics to the spoken word

This program allows graduates who excel in transcription services to enter the workforce within a year or continue their studies through the Captioning and Court Reporting Diploma.

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Enter the workforce with confidence

Graduates of the Court Transcription program are in high demand, leading to an impressive placement rate. The majority of work for graduates comes from our current court and legal system, government, meetings and events, audio calls and various forms of digital media. They may also find employment editing and proofreading transcripts for court reporters and court reporting firms using industry software.

As Court Transcriptionists work with recordings, their hours and location are often very flexible, and can accept work remotely from across the province and country.

As a successful graduate, you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills in a variety of roles such as:

  • General transcription – academic research, audio memoirs, podcasts, business meetings, interviews, pre-recorded television and internet videos
  • Legal transcription – depositions, court proceedings and arbitration hearings
  • Law enforcement transcription – investigations, witness or suspect interviews and 9-1-1 calls
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Graduate information & opportunities

Continuing your studies

Captioning and Court Reporting

Graduates of the Court Transcription program may continue on to the Captioning and Court Reporting diploma for an additional year of study. In order to apply to the diploma program, you must successfully complete the Court Transcription Certificate and demonstrate a minimum typing speed of 140wpm. 

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