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AAERT Certification Program

Established in 1995, AAERT's ongoing certification program for electronic court reporters and transcribers is a test of our members' professional skills by written examination, with digital focus.

Numbered certificates are granted under two headings:

  • CER® (certified electronic court reporter)
  • CET® (certified electronic transcriber)

The AAERT certifications are recognized as the leading certification for many courts and businesses throughout the United States.  These certifications are growing in popularity in Canada and throughout the world due to the many years of professional development of our Best Practices Guide and proficient testing.

Receiving and holding an AAERT certification designation demonstrates a continuous dedication and knowledge of the digital court reporting and transcription profession. Completing the AAERT certification process represents proof of your professionalism and understanding of your trade.

Anyone holding a CER or CET is required to be recertified every (3)THREE years*.  See Recertification Tab for full information.
* If you obtained your CER or CET prior to January 1, 2013, you will be required to be recertified by December 31, 2015, only requiring 2.0 CEU credits in order to adapt to this requirement.

BREAKDOWN OF THE CERTIFICATION EXAMS

Electronic Court Reporter Certification

To obtain your CER certification, you are required to pass an online multiple choice knowledge examination.

The knowledge examination includes questions covering:
• court reporting and technical questions;
• general court procedures and practices;
• vocabulary; and
• log annotations.

You will need a score of 80 percent or higher to pass. You will have 120 minutes to complete the exam.

Once you've passed the certification examination, you are awarded the CER certificate.

Electronic Transcriber Certification
To obtain your CET certification, you are required to pass an online multiple choice knowledge examination and produce a 10- to 15-page transcript from a digitally recorded proceeding (practical exam). These two test portions take place on different days; you must pass the knowledge portion of the exam prior to sitting for the practical portion.

The knowledge examination includes questions covering:
• transcript format and proofreading,
• general court procedures and practices, and
• vocabulary.

You will need a score of 80 percent or higher to pass. You will have 120 minutes to complete this portion of the exam.

Once you have received a passing grade, you will be instructed on how to schedule a time to take the second portion of the exam, the practical examination. If you did not receive a passing grade, you will need to retake the knowledge portion of the exam again prior to moving onto the practical exam.

The practical examination entails creating a transcript. You will be given a mock court proceeding recorded on four-channel digital software. You are required to complete ten full pages of transcript (plus the title page, index and certificate). You will have 120 minutes to complete the transcript.

In order to pass, you will need to demonstrate 98 percent accuracy. If you do not receive a passing grade, you will only need to retake and pass this portion of the exam in order to receive your certification.

Once you've passed both portions of the certification examination, you are awarded the CET certificate.

 

 

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