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Transcription Education

As I mention in my book, Transcribe Like a Pro: Making Money from Home, I don’t have a transcription education. I merely have an interest in transcribing and acted on that to become a general transcriptionist. However, there are professional ways to get a transcription education – even for general transcription. And if you’re interested in legal and medical transcription, education is a must.

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This work-from-home series that I started working on at the beginning of 2021 was born from this transcription book I started in 2020 before the pandemic was announced. Both the book and this series work hand in hand for those who are looking for remote work. Since publishing the book in May 2021, I am, now, concentrating on the transcription side of the series.

Just to let you know, I’m not affiliated with any of the sites I’m sharing with you in this blog post. I’m just trying to make the education hunt easier for you if you’re looking to go that route.

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Online transcription education is available all over the internet. So, that’s where I’ll concentrate the focus for this post. Be aware that you may have to visit a state testing facility to get legally certified. So, you will want to check on that. First of all, if your typing skills are rusty, be sure to read my Free Typing Lessons post.


SkillScouter has sniffed out 7 of the best free transcribing lessons. Although the free lessons are only 30 minutes to 2 hours in length, this might be enough to help you decide whether or not to invest money into the sites’ paid lessons. TranscribeAnywhere offers a free 7-lesson mini transcribing course.


Digital Defynd has listed 4 great courses for those who are looking to get an education in general transcribing. They provide good, key information about each course. And then, why not look around each site Digital Defynd is recommending to see what else they offer in transcribing lessons. From what I see, the courses are not too expensive. And you have lifetime access to each of the sites.


Transcription Certification Institute is a bit more expensive, but it appears to offer a lot for the one-time payment of $499 (or 3 payments of $199). The price includes ongoing career support, access to their job board, internship, and much more. This certificate is for general transcription.


Because legal transcription requires the knowledge of legal terminology and other legal tactics, you will need to take a course to learn this information. The fees are a bit steeper than general transcription courses; however, your earnings may be more substantial. Below are a couple of helpful sites in legal transcription education.

Learn Legal Transcription compares 4 of the top legal transcription education sites. Each of them has great attributes. The course that stands out to me upon reading the comparisons is Learn Legal Transcription itself. They actually hire their students upon completing the course to help them get experience. And Penn Foster stands out because they have the option of completing their course in as little as 4 months.

Ed2Go/Wakefield Technical Community College also offers online legal transcription courses ($995). Their course is self-paced with up to 6 months to complete.


Medical transcription will require you to know medical terminology, HIPAA rules, and specific formatting. So, again, the fees are going to cost more than general transcription courses. And again, the earnings may be more substantial because of the knowledge that comes along with a medical transcription certificate. All of the courses mentioned below also include editing classes for those transcripts that were produced by artificial intelligence that I discussed in a previous post. Check out the sites below if this is where your transcribing interests lie.

Penn Foster has a reasonable tuition fee for its medical transcription class. Just click on the program details tab to learn more about each lesson.

Ashworth College has a comparable plan to Penn Foster. On their site, they explain that the need for medical transcriptionists is on the rise, so now is the time to gain these skills. Just click on the tuition link on their site to find out the price. Also, check out their curriculum page to discover what the classes are about.

The U.S. Career Institute‘s fees are higher than the two sites above. They provide lots of information on the link I’ve provided including the average annual pay that a medical transcriptionist can make and helpful Q&A. Here’s the link to the tuition prices for their medical transcription course.

Hopefully, you have found this post to be helpful. If you have any questions, you can always leave a comment below or contact me, and I’ll do my best to provide an answer.



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