Certificate in Court Transcription


In this programme, participants are trained to produce accurate typewritten records of court proceedings including reproductions of statements, findings and verdicts.  The specialist software ‘Audio Digital Court Recording,’ is used to develop necessary skills and competencies.  Applicants should have excellent listening skills, powers of concentration and above average vocabulary and punctuation skills. To ensure that they have the required foundation competencies to succeed in this rigorous certificate programme, students may be guided to do preparatory work prior to registering for required courses.  This will be address through the academic advisement process and may include remedial writing courses through the COMPASS department. In addition, applicants should possess superb computer skills.  Participants will develop the requisite speed for a court transcriptionist to function in the workplace i.e. a minimum of 60 to 80 words per minute.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE passes, including English Language at Grade 1 or 2 only.  Applicants with either A/O Level pass in General Paper, English Literature CAPE/A’ Level, and/or a foreign language, together with keyboarding skills will be considered an asset in admissions decisions for the programme.



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    1 1/2 Years 






    COMM 125 English for Court Transcription 3
    COTR 110 Orientation to Court Processes 2
    COTR 111 Court Transcription I 2
    COTR 121 Court Transcription II 2
    COTR 131 Court Transcription III 2
    COTR 141 Court Transcription IV 3
    COTR 266 Internship 2
    LAWW 121 Medical and Legal Terminology 2
    OFAD 101 Keyboarding I 2
    OFAD 102 Keyboarding II 2
    OFAD 103 Keyboarding III 3
    LANG 097 Academic Writing III (Required course – 3 COMPASS credits) 0
    Total Number of Credits Required 25

    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:  www.moe.gov.tt

    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: www.moe.gov.tt


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details: registrar@costaatt.edu.tt

    To be awarded the Certificate in Court Transcription, students must successfully complete 25 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 25 credits
                   Total credits in the major area of study 25 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation   25 credits

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