Training & Education

It’s time to move your career forward.

VITAC wants to employ the best captioners in the industry, and looks to Caption Masters™ for quality referrals each term. Solid training will give you the background needed for a quality captioning position.

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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.

September 2017 Syllabus

January 2018 Syllabus

May 2018 Syllabus

September 2018 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 October 2017

CART Syllabus January 2018

CART Syllabus March 2018

CART Syllabus October 2018

 

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 - NHL Hockey | September 20, 2017

Cost: $150 (2.5 Hour Course)
0.25 Continuing Education Units

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 8-10:30 PM ET– NHL Hockey

Are you overwhelmed by the thought of captioning the sports segment of a newscast? Are you curious about what is involved in training for broadcast NHL Hockey?

Then this 2.5 hour training session taught by Anissa Nierenberger and Steve Clark is just for you!

This training course begins by teaching you the rules of the games, including terms, lingo and their meanings.

You will be guided through Dictionary Jumpstart’s hockey entries as well as Steve’s NHL Hockey captioner’s manual. This manual also contains terms, briefs, lists of teams, venues, historical players and owners, and websites for prepping and research.

DJ NHL Hockey software created just for this course is included with your purchase.

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2018 Training Sessions for CART and Captioning

Caption Masters

Caption Masters – January 8 to April 26 *Sign up by December 8

Caption Masters – May 7 to August 30 *Sign up by April 20

Caption Masters – September 14 to December 27 *Sign up by August 17

CART Training

2017 CART Training – October 3 - 24 (four consecutive Tuesdays) *Sign up by September 22

CART Training – January 9 - 30 (four consecutive Tuesdays) *Sign up by December 8

CART Training – March 6 - 27 (four consecutive Tuesdays) *Sign up by February 23

CART Training – October 2 - 23 (four consecutive Wednesdays) *Sign up by September 21

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
CSR

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

Kathleen Wilkins
CSR, RPR, RMR, CRR, CCRR, CLR

“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
FPR, RPR, CRR

“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
RPR

“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
RPR, CRC

“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
RPR, CRR, CRC, CSR

"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
RPR, RMR, CRR

“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
RPR

“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
CSR

“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
RMR, CRR

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

Madonna Farrell
RPR

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