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.

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Transferrable skills for a flexible career or introduction to court reporting

Potential Jobs:

  • Scopist
  • Proofreader

Salary Information:
Scopists and proofreaders are self-employed and are paid by the page. Earnings are contingent on the following: time worked, expertise, speed, and efficiency

Program Details

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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.

Laptop, steno machine, Case CATalyst student software or professional software. Please see instructor for specific requirements before purchasing any equipment. Also see Tuition and Fees for more information.

Take a virtual tour to get an idea of what it's like to be a Scoping/Proofreading student at Anoka Tech. 

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Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

Spring Semester 8
JRBC 1000  Realtime Reporting Orientation
JRBC 1005  Realtime Reporting I
JRBC 2011  Transcription & English I
Summer Semester 7
JRBC 1105  Realtime Reporting II
 JRBC 1120  Realtime Reporting Technology
Fall Semester 6
JRBC 1031  Foundations of Law
 JRBC 2030  Judicial Reporting Procedures
Spring Semester 8
HLTH 1040 Medical Terminology 2
JRBC 2016 Transcription & English II 3
JRBC 3101  Scoping Procedures

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.


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All courses required for this program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

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Fall semester: August
Spring semester: January

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