You must have a reliable computer or laptop with high-speed internet. When taking the final exam you must have Microsoft Word 2010 or newer and headphones that connect to your computer.
While no transcription experience is needed to begin this course, it is required to have a thorough understanding of the English language.
Yes, TCI’s General Transcription Course is available internationally. However, if you do live outside of the United States, you will be required to pass an English test before enrolling in the course.
If you decide that the course is not for you after beginning the lesson, we will refund 100% of your fees (provided you have paid the full amount). However, this must be done in writing before Lesson 4.
A study guide is provided with the program and will prepare you for all the quizzes and final exams.
Our course fee is $499. You can either pay in full or divide your payment into three monthly payments of $199. The course fee includes all the study materials and an e-copy of your Certificate of Completion.
Once you complete the course, you should send your resume with a link to your newly earned (general transcription) certificate to all transcription companies. You should also register and upload your resume at our Job Board. Normally, transcription companies are looking for qualified transcriptionists who can work from home. Also if you happen to earn an internship (offered to students who reside in the US only), you will be doing five hours’ worth of unpaid transcription work with one of the transcription companies.
There is no time frame to complete the course. However, it is recommended to complete the entire course in NO LESS than 21 days, and a maximum of 90 days.
You can retake a quiz or test multiple times at no extra charge. However, you are unable to retake any of the final exams for each lesson. Your final grade will be an average of all the final exams.
The course covers MS Word, grammar, punctuation, spelling, privacy guidelines, spelling accuracy, and much more.
To become a transcriptionist, you will need a computer with Windows 7 or above, headphones, a USB foot pedal (used to control the audio), and a printer. However, these equipments are not mandatory for testing purposes.
You will need to purchase the transcription equipment before starting your transcription internship with a transcription company.
How much money you make working as a transcriptionist varies depending on your typing speed, typing accuracy, and how often you work.
Transcriptionists working full-time as independent contractors for transcription companies make approximately $400-$500 or more per week.
Transcriptionists working directly for their clients can make up to $35/hour, depending on their project and skill level.
As a work-from-home transcriptionist, you will be considered self-employed. Being self-employed means that you will have to pay your taxes, whether it is on each payday or a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. You should set aside 36% of your paycheck to safely cover your Federal and State taxes.
Please talk to your tax professional about your tax planning.
Visit www.irs.gov for paycheck percentages.
To pay Federal Taxes www.eftps.com as there are no set-up fees. For any online payment, be sure to keep copies of all payment receipts.
To pay Federal Taxes through the mail, you can request a payment packet from USPS to send your checks.
To pay State Taxes, be sure to find your state’s Internal Revenue Service online payment option as it is different for each state.
If you reside in Canada or anywhere else outside of the United States, be sure to research how to pay your taxes.