School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Captioning and Court Reporting

This program is not currently accepting applications as new students need to complete the Court Transcription certificate before applying to the Captioning and Court Reporting diploma. Applications for the Fall 2023 intake will open in October 2022.

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.

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

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.
  • Online Evening and/or Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays in the evening, or Saturdays and Sundays.

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.

Grad Employment Rate

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

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Median Starting Salary

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

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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
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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

"I would recommend the NAIT Court Reporting program for many reasons, but the main reason is that the NAIT CACR program truly sets up its students for success in the court reporting industry. The instructors all have first-hand knowledge and experience from working in the industry which is a huge benefit for all the students being taught by them."

Michaella Matthies a Court Reporting graduate
Michaella Matthies
Captioning and Court Reporting '21

"The NAIT Court Reporting program opens you up to several career options in a short time frame. The professionals in this industry are among the greatest people I’ve come to know, and NAIT is really at the center of this industry in Canada."

Afton Ellis Captioning and Court Reporting Grad

Afton Ellis
Captioning and Court Reporting '14

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Fax: 780.471.8946

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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, 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)

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

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.

How to Apply

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