The Anoka Technical College Scoping/Proofreading certificate is a 29-credit program to be completed in one-and-a-half years.
In the program, you learn alongside Judicial Reporting degree program students to learn shorthand theory.
A career as a scopist and proofreader can be a great introduction to a career in court reporting or provide the flexibility to enjoy a long-term career working in conjunction with court reporters.
Scopists and proofreaders are self-employed and are paid by the page. Earnings are contingent on the following: time worked, expertise, speed, and efficiency
The Anoka Technical College Scoping/Proofreading certificate is a 29-credit program to be completed in one-and-a-half years. Scoping/Proofreading students learn shorthand theory with Judicial Reporting students. Students also take Legal Terminology, Medical Terminology, Realtime Reporting Orientation, Realtime Reporting Technology, Business English and Transcription and English courses. There are three additional classes Scoping/Proofreading students are required to take: Advanced Proofreading and English Skills, Scoping Procedures and Advanced Transcript Production.
NOTE: This certificate is offered through the Judicial Reporting/Broadcast Captioning degree program.
Scopists and proofreaders work in conjunction with court reporters to produce the final transcript that is prepared from court proceedings or depositions. Transcripts are accurate verbatim written records of the proceedings.
At the end of a proceeding, some court reporters send their files to a scopist, who then edits the job for the court reporter. Scopists need to know how to read shorthand notes and use court reporting software.
Other court reporters edit their own work but hire proofreaders to read over their transcripts to check for errors.
Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.
|Realtime Reporting Orientation
|Realtime Reporting I
|Transcription & English I
|Realtime Reporting II
|Realtime Reporting Technology
|Foundations of Law
|Judicial Reporting Procedures
|Transcription & English II
The Scoping/Proofreading crertificate can be completed in person or online.
Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.
If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services.
All courses required for this program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.