transition from court reporting to captioningI love captioning! As of this month, I’ve been captioning for three months, and I still have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I’d been wanting to be a captioner for a few years, and I really didn’t think I’d actually ever get here.

Last year, about this time, in fact, I was getting ready to go to a captioning boot camp. I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to learn everything I didn’t know  about captioning. I remember sitting in the seminar thinking, oh my gosh, am I ever going to be able to do this?

But it wasn’t long after I finished the boot camp that I was hired by a captioning company. I gave my notice to my reporting firm, said goodbye to the reporting world, and headed for training for my new job. 

And just like that, I became a captioner.

Is your dream to become a captioner? An RMR? CRR? A court reporter? Don’t give up on making your career move in the direction you want it to go. Find the tools that you can use to get you there and go for it!

Captioning Boot Camp for June 2015

Stenograph is hosting a captioning boot camp in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 15-17. There are three spots left, so be sure to reserve your spot now. If you want to know more about my experience with the boot camp, I wrote about it in an earlier post.

If you’re not able to attend this Captioning Boot Camp, I know that there are several others scheduled for this year. I’ll post the dates as soon as I learn them.

Other Court Reporting to Captioning Training Opportunities

When I first began toying with the idea of transitioning to captioning, I combed the internet high and low to find out if there was any training out there. I was just lucky a chance email made its way to my inbox about the Stenograph boot camp. 

Luckily, there are more and more opportunities now for reporters who want captioning training. I have compiled a list of court reporting to captioning programs than I am aware of. If you know of one that’s not listed here, let me know and I’ll add it to my post.


Coast2Coast Captioning

Court Reporting and Captioning at Home (CRAH)

Stark State College Boot Camp (Partners with VITAC)