Audio Transcription

Why Attend

The demand for knowing how to professionally transcribe audio files continues to grow in this content-driven world. In Audio Transcription you’ll learn the skills, shortcuts, and practice techniques you need to use so that you can produce quality transcripts and grow your career as a transcriptionist or to transcribe personal projects.  You’ll go from being a beginning transcriptionist to one who’s confident in your ability to accurately transcribe files in the least amount of time. The Audio Transcription course will teach you everything you need to know to master transcription and create professional transcripts in as little time as possible.

Course Methodology

This course is interactive and is comprised of lectures, case studies, technical process learning and supplemental discussions related to various industries and the challenges of implementation.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Work with audio players like Express Scribe to reduce the time spent controlling your audio
  • Transcribe an audio file from start to finish with minimal mistakes
  • Master grammar and punctuation so you can type what is being said with accuracy, even if the speaker isn’t using accurate grammar
  • Increase your productivity through text expanders, hotkeys, and keyboard shortcuts
  • Learn advanced techniques such as working with files with more than two speakers or timestamping
  • Practice cleaning up bad audio so that it’s easier to work with
  • Gain hands-on experience by transcribing practice files that correspond to a specific transcription skill

Target Audience

This cause is intended for people interested in learning transcription to start a career or for personal or professional projects. People who are currently transcriptionists who want to transcribe faster and learn advanced transcription skills like tracking speakers, timestamping, and working with poor audio.

Target Competencies

  • Attentive Listening
  • Fast Typing Speed
  • Knowledge of Punctuation
  • Patience
  • Responsibility
  • Critical Thinking
  • Comprehensive Understanding of Grammar and Spelling Intricacies


South Africa

Training Dates:

Each course starts every Monday of each week. Please book your training on a date that is a Monday.

Course Duration:

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Course Fees

Note: Please fill in the online application form on the left or bottom if this page to receive a quotation with detailed pricing from AATICD.

How to Apply:

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When filling the online application form; please take note of your desired Training Month, Duration in Weeks and Training Session. This will give us the exact dates you will be attending your classes.

Also note that Tuition Fees must be paid upfront on or before training start date. This is to ensure that all resources are made availabe for you before you start. You will not be allowed into training if fees are not paid and verified.

Also note that Tuition Fees Cancellations must be made 14 business working days before the starting date of training. This will allow us to do a 50% refund of the total amount paid. If cancellations are made thereafter note that no refund will be made to delegates.

Tuition Fees include teas and lunch as well as either a laptop or tablet which a delegate will take home free of charge.

Tuition Fee DOES NOT include Accommodation, Dinners and other Extra Curricular Activities or Incidentals. Delegates are expected to fund this on their own. AATICD will not be held accountable for any incidents to delegates.

In-House Trainings are also available for 3 or more delegates for any duration. Please consult with our Administration for such In-House training bookings.

Course Outline

Introduction to Interpreting Skills

Using Audio Players
  • Introduction to Express Scribe
  • Setting Up Express Scribe
  • Express Scribe Preferences Menu
  • Audio Players Test
Transcribing Your First File
  • Using Templates
  • Setting up AutoCorrect as Text Expander (Mac version)
  • Setting Up AutoCorrect on a PC
  • Transcribing The Audio File
  • Researching Spelling and Other Terms
  • Proofing to Audio
Type Faster with Text Expanders
  • How to Use Text Expanders
  • Using Text Expanders with Verbs
  • Paid text expanding programs
  • Using the Ultimate Text Expander List

Element: 1. Prepare for audio transcription

  •  Prior to commencing the task, identify organizational requirements relating to style, presentation, and storage of texts
  •  Clarify the purpose and requirements of the text with the author or supervisor

Element: 2. Transcribe from an audio source

  •  Produce text using keyboarding techniques from an audio transcription with the required accuracy
  • Predict the meaning of any unclear speech from the context or clarify with authors
  • Ensure text developed from the audio transcription conveys intended meaning
  • Clarify the spelling of names or any technical terms and punctuation to ensure accuracy and clarity of the text
  • Produce draft text within designated timelines
  •  Self-check draft text for accuracy

Element: 3. Edit and revise the text:

  • Circulate draft for checking in line with requirements of the organization or originator of the transcription
  •  Incorporate any amendments and self-check final text for accuracy, grammar, and appropriateness for intended purpose and audience
  •  Format, name, store, print and distribute final text in accordance with organizational and task requirements
Cleaning Up Hard to Hear Audio
  • Working with Poor Audio
  • Express Scribe’s Special Audio Processes