Course Overview | Transcription Certification and Training

Course Outline & Information

Transcription is a simple profession with few requirements and plenty of benefits. Among the prime benefits of a transcription career are the ability to work from home, ability to work flexible hours, and ability to select the amount of work you want to complete. These benefits make a career in transcription desirable, and therefore, competitive. Standing out from other transcriptionists is essential in order to succeed.

Through TCI, you will learn transcription and gain an upper hand over other transcriptionists by earning a formal transcription course certificate. You can also participate in an internship program to gain valuable experience.

This general transcription course will train you in important transcription skills, such as typing accuracy and speed. By developing these crucial skills, you’ll have a great advantage over other transcriptionists.

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Things You’ll Learn in Transcription - Detailed Course Structure

Detailed information about what the course covers, course material, lessons, fee structure, application process, final examinations, and certification of completion.

Successful transcriptionists need to have the following skills:

  • Attentive listening
  • Typing speed
  • Knowledge of punctuation
  • Patience
  • Responsibility
  • The ability to think critically
  • Comprehensive understanding of grammar and spelling intricacies

Most people think that a successful transcriptionist only needs a pair of good ears and fast fingers. However, in addition to needing both, you also have to be well rounded enough to know to transcribe “Bear Market,” not “Bare Market”. You must be able to recognize the difference between "here" and "hear." Lastly, you must be passionate about providing the highest level of quality and clarity to the client.

The Course Material Has:

hd quality, on-demand video lessons

Online multimedia course without any cap on the time frame

study materials with general transcription course

On demand: video lessons, study materials, printable PDF cheat sheets

multiple quiz for each lessons

Multiple quiz sets for all lessons, with many examples

tons of transcription practice files

Tons of transcription practice files with multiple levels of difficulties

how to guides for transcriptionists

How-to guides and tips and tricks required for success in your transcription career

full access to accuracy assessment tool

Fully accessible TCI’s Accuracy Assessment Tool

access to transcription practice materials

A lifelong access to practice materials pertaining to transcription

legal transcription resources

A glossary of common legal terms and template to help you understand common court formatting

monthly 1hr webinar on transcription

Monthly 1 hr. webinar to help you with any lesson issues and to help you find freelancing/work from home

Course Objective

The ultimate objective of the course is to make you an excellent transcriptionist. The skill sets developed will help you get a job with the best companies or start your own business. By the end of the general transcription course, you will have acquired the following skills:

  • Good understanding of grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure for accurate transcription.
  • The ability to differentiate between homonyms like ‘bear’ and ‘bare’ by paying attention to details.
  • How to transcribe multi-speaker files.
  • How to handle unique accents.
  • How to make judgment calls when recordings are not clear.
  • Become an expert in Microsoft Word.
  • Learn the formatting requirements of top transcription companies.
  • Understand the privacy guidelines for confidentiality.

Through practice, you will become a better listener, learn time management, and acquire self-discipline.

Training Course Details

Our program includes eleven general transcription lessons. To become a top-notch transcriptionist, you must pass a quiz at the end of each lesson

Below is the list of lessons and what you will learn:

  • Transcription Tips – This lesson includes an overview of transcription; what is transcription, different types of transcription, and career opportunities within the field. In this lesson, we go over the equipment needed for doing transcription work and tips that will help you when transcribing. The lesson also explains the importance of accuracy, formatting, and other factors involved.
  • Speech – The information contained in this lesson is a basic guide to the parts of speech and how they function within the English language. There are thousands of words that comprise the English language. All of these words are sorted into eight classifications: nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. English grammar is a set of rules that are established to organize and communicate speech into sentences, phrases, and clauses.
  • Punctuation – Punctuation can be a difficult thing to keep up on because it seems like the rules change as often as fads go in and out of style. However, you will learn about the foundational rules that will make your writing more professional, readable, and clear.
  • Interruptive Dialogue – A lot of audio clips have multiple speakers that interrupt each other; it can be difficult to transcribe these types of files accurately. This lesson will provide tips and rules on transcribing interruptive dialogue.
  • Sentence Structure – The English language contains many common sentence types that state or imply something about a subject or ask a question. This lesson will help you recognize basic sentence types, which will increase your knowledge of English, and help you transcribe more accurately.
  • Proofreading – Proofreading is an essential skill for any qualified transcriptionist. Although many companies have QA departments, you should never turn in transcripts that are not proofread first. You may not want to read through a document that you just typed up, but this lesson will help you make proofreading easy and efficient.
  • Keyboard Skills – Typing, contrary to popular belief, is not all about speed! To become a great typist, you need to be familiar with all sides of your keyboard, top, right, left, and bottom. Gaining this familiarity with the tools that your keyboard offers will increase your typing speed and also allow you to access your programs and documents faster.
  • Regional Accents – This lesson will give you tips on how to transcribe heavily accented speakers, so your transcripts can have the highest accuracy possible.
  • Microsoft Word – The MS Word lesson is a very detailed tutorial on the program. It has been carefully prepared to make you familiar with the tools of the newer version of the Microsoft Word format. Most, if not all, transcription companies require you to transcribe your documents into Microsoft Word format, so it is imperative to complete this lesson and start working with MS Word like an expert!
  • Time Management – A crucial part of being a great transcriptionist is the ability to meet strict deadlines. You may end up working for several transcription companies as an independent contractor and find yourself juggling several projects along with your household commitments. Working from home makes it even harder to keep deadlines. This lesson gives many tips that will help you organize and maximize your income when working for transcription companies on several projects.
  • Privacy – Privacy consists of a set of rules that most transcription companies must follow pertaining to confidentiality and privacy of the person and company whose recording is getting transcribed. Confidentiality is one of the most important aspects of transcription. Many clients are submitting highly confidential materials, and this lesson will specify how to be privacy compliant.
  • Getting a Job in Transcription – This lesson will help you prepare for getting a job as a transcriptionist. This includes tips on what will be required of you when you apply to work with different companies. This lesson will guide you on expectations after receiving a contract from the client and how to best complete this process.
  • Verbatim vs. Non-Verbatim – This lesson will teach you the difference between verbatim and non-verbatim transcription and list some of the different circumstances in which verbatim transcription is required. It will give you tips that will help when transcribing verbatim and non-verbatim; as well as guide you on what to include in both transcript types.
  • How to Be a Professional IC – In this lesson, you'll get valuable information on how to be a professional Independent Contractor. This lesson will give you tips on scheduling time & tracking assignments as an IC and will specify the importance of meeting deadlines. It will help you enhance your communication skills and will guide you on how to be available and open to different assignments.
  • How to Make the Most Money – The information contained in this lesson explains how to make the most money as a transcriptionist, what jobs to take, and how to get faster with your work. It will go over hourly rates made, IC taxes, what to expect, tips, and includes a tracking income spreadsheet in the resources section.

Internship Program

To gain hands-on experience and to put your newly acquired skill sets to use, we recommend that you sign up for the internship program.

Here is how the process works:

  • You will opt-in for the internship after passing the course with a qualifying final course score.
  • You will sign up as an independent contractor with the transcription company providing you with an internship.
  • The transcription company will then send you the paperwork needed to become an independent contractor.
  • You will commit to transcribing up to five hours of recording at no cost to the transcription company.
  • You will ONLY accept projects where you can meet accuracy requirements by the deadline.
  • You will transcribe the recording on time and send the transcripts to the company.

Note: Just like most of the internship programs, the transcription company does not guarantee any work after the internship is completed. However, your chance of getting regular work is high, assuming you do a good job.

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