This Associate in Applied Science Degree in CAT Reporting prepares the student to be a real-time verbatim reporter. The programme design allows for immersion into skill building from onset. Participants are required to develop excellent listening skills, powers of concentration and above average vocabulary and punctuation skills. Participants are also required to become proficient in the use of the machine and software for the production of play-back notes, or accurate transcripts. The programme is delivered using the StenEd. Stenotype machine and Eclipse software. This is similar to that used in the workplace. In addition, participants will develop the requisite speed to function in the workplace i.e. a minimum of 180 to 200 to 225 words per minute.

The programme is built around the use of StenEd. technology and aims to:

Provide a thorough knowledge and understanding of court procedures
Strengthen language and writing skills of participants
Develop powers of listening and concentration
Promote accuracy and speed in essential job related competencies inclusive of transcribing verbatim, software manipulation and producing accurate transcripts
Provide the skills, competencies and attitudes required to become a successful verbatim reporter.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants with either A/O Level pass in General Paper, English Literature CAPE/A’Level, together with keyboarding skills, will qualify for advanced standing in the programme.



    Contact Admissions

    3 Years (FT)
    5 years (PT)


    Blended (lab component)


    WRIT097 Academic Writing III 3 COMM125 English for Court Transcription 3
    OFAD101 Keyboarding I 2 OFAD102 Keyboarding II 2
    CATR111 CAT Machine Shorthand- Theory I 4 CATR112 CAT Machine Shorthand – Theory II 4
    CATR102 CAT Technology I 2 CATR121 CAT Machine Shorthand – Speed building I 3
    Total Semester 1 Credits 11 Total Semester 2 Credits 12
    COTR110 Orientation to Court Processes 2 MATH116 Contemporary College Math 3
    CATR122 CAT Machine Shorthand – Speed building II 3 LIBS130 Fundamentals of Research 3
    LAWW121 Medical and Legal Terminology 2
    CATR202 CAT Technology II 2
    CATR221 CAT Machine Shorthand – Speed building III 3
    Total Semester 3 Credits 5 Total Semester 4 Credits 13
    ENTP110 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3 CATR266 Internship 3
    HIST210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3 CATR223 CAT Machine Shorthand – Speed building V 4
    COMM118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    CATR222 CAT Machine Shorthand – Speed building IV 4
    Total Semester 5 Credits 13 Total Semester 6 Credits 7

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree in CAT Reporting, students must successfully complete 61 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 61 credits
                   Total credits in the major area of study 61 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation   61 credits

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