Broadcast Captioning Schools

Explore your options for studying broadcast captioning, including programs in court reporting and captioning. Read about the stenotype equipment and software that may be needed for these programs. Find out what you'd learn in a certificate or degree program in these fields. Review the certification options for broadcast captioners. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Sort of Broadcast Captioning Schools Are Available?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can find training that may qualify you to become a broadcast captioner at roughly 100 technical and postsecondary schools nationwide (www.bls.gov). Although not an accrediting agency itself, the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) posts on its website a list of approved schools that have been accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

You may also find courses in broadcast captioning at commercial court reporting schools or schools that offer court-reporting programs. The National Verbatim Reporters Association website offers a list of schools that have established an affiliation with it.

Can I Get a Certificate or Degree?

If you're a working court reporter or have completed a judicial reporting program, you may qualify for admission to a program leading to a certificate in broadcast captioning or Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART). Even if you're already in the business, some schools require you to complete an internship. Often presented by technical schools or community colleges, completion of these programs may qualify you to sit for an NCRA certification test.

You can also find online and on-campus programs leading to an associate's degree at community colleges and technical schools all throughout the country. Typically, you major in captioning or judicial reporting with a concentration in broadcast captioning. You may be required to purchase your own computer-adaptable stenotype machine, as well as specialized software. Most commonly used is Case CATalyst (computer-assisted translation) software.

In addition to general-education courses, your associate's degree program is made up of a number of technical courses. These include labs and practicum units intended develop your technique and increase your skill and accuracy in real-time translation. As with the certificate program, an internship may be required.

Is Certification Available?

The NCRA offers a number of voluntary certification designations. Among these is the Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC). Graduation from an approved program may qualify you to sit for the CBC examination, which consists of a written knowledge section and a practical skills application section. Certification is renewable every three years and contingent upon completion of a specified number of continuing-education units and an up-to-date membership in the NCRA.

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