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Certificate of Legal Transcription


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

The strong projected growth of the legal profession means demand for qualified legal transcriptionists will also continue to increase. Legal transcriptionists listen to dictated legal recordings made by attorneys, paralegals and other legal professionals and translate them into legal documents.

The Certificate of Legal Transcription will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work as a legal transcriptionist. This online legal transcription course will prepare you to work as a transcriptionist in a legal office or in a freelance capacity.

In this online legal transcription course, you will develop your keyboard skills with speed and accuracy using touch typing techniques and learn how to transcribe with speed and accuracy. You will also learn how to understand and use legal terminology and gather and organise information and learn how to plan, draft and prepare complex legal documents.

Course Structure

Unit 1- Keyboarding speed and accuracy

  • Touch typing techniques
  • Keyboard techniques
  • Using the keyboard
  • Identify and develop keyboard skills
  • Speed and accuracy
  • Use safe work practices
  • Ergonomic requirements
  • Workstations
  • Health and safety (OHS)
  • Mouse buttons and operations
  • Alpha keys and numeric keypad
  • Word screen
  • The ribbon
  • Quick access toolbar
  • Creating a new document
  • Document enhancement
  • Check accuracy
  • Proofread document
  • Correct document
  • Check spelling and grammar
  • Proofreading documents
  • Errors and corrections
  • Typing Test Standard: AS2708-2001.

Unit 2 - Produce texts from audio transcription

  • Prepare for audio transcription
  • Style, presentation and storage
  • Be organised and prepared
  • Clarify purpose and requirements
  • Requirements of audio transcription
  • Transcribe from an audio source
  • Produce texts
  • Edited transcription
  • Meetings and conferences
  • Verbatim transcription
  • Uses of dictations
  • Unclear speech
  • Clarify spelling of names
  • Clarify technical terms
  • Designated timelines
  • Self check for accuracy
  • Edit and revise text
  • Return draft for checking
  • Format name
  • Store print and distribute
  • Use templates
  • Legislation codes


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.

One (1) Typing Speed and Accuracy Test. This typing test is marked according to Australian Standards. Conditions apply.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




  • Legal Transcriptionist
  • Transcription Coordinator
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Administration Assistant
  • Best value option
  • Includes unlimited access


  • $150 deposit
  • $30/week
  • No credit checks required