Training & Education

It’s time to move your career forward.


Leading. Instruction.

Anissa is one of the country’s leading captioners and the creator of Dictionary Jumpstart, the leading dictionary building software for captioners, court reporters, and CART captioners. Her vast experience makes her the perfect captioning instructor.

Most recently, Anissa is the instructor for Caption Masters online captioning training. She has had the pleasure of helping nearly 300 reporters in the last three years attain their realtime, CART captioning and broadcast captioning goals.

Anissa’s passion, professionalism and dedication to her students sets Learn To Caption training apart from any other in the industry.

Class Descriptions

Select the class below for pricing and more informaion

Caption Masters

Cost: $1,300 (4-month course)
2.8 Continuing Education Units

The original Caption Masters Series (CMS) seminar has helped to train hundreds of realtime reporters to become A+ broadcast captioners. Today, the Caption Masters Series has been adapted into Caption Master Series II, an online version taught over the course of 4 months.


This new and innovative training program will prepare you for a career in broadcast captioning. This 16-week program has been specifically designed by experts in the field to provide participants with hands-on training through online seminars, manuals, dictionary builders and individual weekly realtime writing evaluations. (Yes, this means you’ll have homework!)

Your current CAT software is all you’ll need for this class – no captioning software is required.

Note: In addition to the tuition, students will be required to purchase a pre-arranged membership with Realtime Coach at the total discounted rate of $144 to be used during the course. The membership will terminate at the end of the course.


January 2017 Syllabus

May 2017 Syllabus

September 2017 Syllabus


Entry Requirements: Proficient realtime writers. Thorough knowledge of CAT software is required.

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Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Training

Cost: $450 (4-week course)
0.4 Continuing Education Units

CART Training is a new and innovative 4-week training program that will prepare you for a career as a CART captioner. This program has been specifically designed by experts in the field to provide students with hands-on training through online class sessions, manual review, dictionary builders, and weekly realtime writing evaluations. (Yes, this means you’ll have homework!)

Your current CAT software is all you’ll need for this class – no captioning software is required.


CART Syllabus January 2017

CART Syllabus March 2017

CART Syllabus October 2017


Entry Requirements: Proficient realtime writers. Thorough knowledge of CAT software is required.

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One-On-One Sports Training

Cost: $450 (4-week course)
0.4 Continuing Education Units

In order for a broadcast captioner to caption sports, specialized training is required to understand the terminology, lingo, and rules of the game. RFO Instructor, Steve Clark, will provide one-on-one training in auto racing, baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey and tennis. One 4-week session is training for one of the seven sports. Multiple sessions may be needed depending on progression. Hours are flexible and will be scheduled at everyone’s convenience. Training will take place online utilizing Join.Me. 

Prerequisite: Proficient on-air broadcast captioner

Steve Clark, CRC, is a realtime captioner based in Washington, DC. Steve began his career as a court reporter in 1985, providing freelance court reporting services from 1985-1997. In 1997 Steve transitioned to broadcast captioning, working as an in-house captioner for 10 years. Over the years, Steve has trained more than 40 captioners to be on-air ready for broadcast sports. Steve provides onsite and remote sports captioning, onsite and remote CART, and remote sports training.

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One-On-One Realtime Training (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Instruction)

Cost: $450 (4-week course)
0.4 Continuing Education Units

Anissa Nierenberger will provide one-on-one training and mentoring for writers needing this form of training support. You will meet with Anissa weekly or every other week for four sessions that last an hour each. Times are flexible and will be scheduled at your convenience.  We will work on your individual concerns (word boundary issues, numbers, prefixes, suffixes, writing shorter, etc.) and progress you toward the next new realtime chapter in your career!

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Sports Primer - Baseball on March 18, 2017

Cost: $150 (2.5 hour course)
0.25 Continuing Education Units

Understanding baseball is key to successfully captioning all types of baseball games. This training course begins by teaching you the rules of the game, including terms, lingo and their meanings.


In addition to proper training, learning proper editing and pacing are key to successfully captioning any sportscast or sporting event. This session will teach you how, why and when to edit, as well as pacing techniques to ensure the highest accuracy throughout any sportscast or sporting event. There will be plenty of time for Q&A included in our time together.


You will be guided through Dictionary Jumpstart baseball entries as well as a baseball captioner’s manual. This manual also contains terms, (some with briefs and definitions) lists of teams, venues, historical players and owners; and websites for dictionary building, prepping and research.


A download of a special compilation of DJ software created just for this course is included with your purchase.

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2017 Training Sessions for CART and Captioning

Caption Masters

Caption Masters – January 9 to April 27

Caption Masters – May 1 to August 24

Caption Masters – September 5 to December 28

CART Training

CART Training – January 10 - 31 (four consecutive Tuesdays)

CART Training – March 7 - 28 (four consecutive Tuesdays)

CART Training – October 4 - 25 (four consecutive Wednesdays)

One-On-One Training

Realtime One-On-One Training – starts at your convenience, on your schedule

Sports One-On-One Training – starts at your convenience, on your schedule

How To Enroll In Classes

We start with a simple writing review.  Assessing your realtime level assures that you are enrolled in the right course, thus setting you up for success!

Step 1:

Download this glossary for prep. Put these words into a Job Dictionary and make sure you select this dictionary to translate against.

Download Glossary

Step 2:

Download and write this file one time (5:31). Please do not edit the file.

Download Audio File

Step 3:

Complete the questionnaire and upload your .rtf or .txt file for your free individual review. *Both documents are required to complete your review.

Complete the Questionnaire

“After 20 years of reporting, I decided it was time for a change. Two months after completing Caption Masters, I was live on-air. One of the best decisions I've ever made!”

Jodi Crutchfield

“It's the first time in 23 years I look forward to going to work!”

Kathleen Wilkins

“After 25 years of court reporting, Caption Masters opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at my writing, writing smarter and cleaner, focusing on perfect translation, and has taught me it IS attainable, allowing me to transition from court reporting to CART and live TV captioning. Thank you, Anissa! YOU ROCK!!”

Karen White

“Caption Masters was the catalyst I needed to get on air as a broadcast captioner. Not only did I become a better reporter, but I am a captioner, one of my lifetime goals! I would HIGHLY recommend Caption Masters - Anissa was awesome!”

Cheryl Rooney

“I was hired by a captioning company & I credit Caption Masters for preparing me on what to expect, preparing/tweaking my dictionary & writing style and I highly recommend this course.”

Debi Pangburn

“Through her excellent teaching skills and dedication to each of her professional students that doesn't end at course completion - offering invaluable tips and guidance on writing, effective practicing and dictionary building and maintenance. Anissa has greatly helped this 37-year court reporting veteran on the road to our profession's Ph.D. jewel, closed captioning."

Aaron R. Alweis

"Anissa is a great instructor and prepared me well for my captioning career, which will begin upon my retirement from court. I recommend Caption Masters to anyone who wants to pursue a captioning career or just improve their writing skills. It was a fantastic course, and I can't even begin to tell you all I learned.”

Sara Lerschen

“Captions Masters was the catalyst in my transitioning from court reporting to CART/captioning. It was well worth it. I also used Dictionary Jumpstart. I trusted the process of those two things, and now I'm working in the field of CART/captioning.”

Candy Thomas

“I would highly recommend Caption Masters. I've been a broadcast captioner for almost a year now. Anissa is a hands-on instructor, and is there for you every step of the way & beyond. This class helped me make the transition from being a court reporter for 20-plus years to becoming a captioner.”

Lisa Grau

“I always thought cleaning up my writing after so many years would be this huge process that would take years and Caption Masters made it simple and effective in four months.”

Emily Niles

“Anissa is an INCREDIBLE instructor. I hope to be like her someday!”

Madonna Farrell