Individuals interested in obtaining certification as a medical transcriptionist can choose among two types of certification offered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. Those wishing to gain certification in legal transcription can take the Electronic Transcriber Certification exam offered by the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers. General transcription certification is available by passing online courses offered by the Transcription Certification Institute.
Recent graduates of medical transcription programs, and those with less than two years of work experience as a medical transcriptionist, can take the level one certification exam offered by AHDI. This exam has 130 questions covering various aspects of transcription, clinical medicine and health information technology. The exam requires good critical thinking skills for the practical portion; it measures transcription abilities by presenting the exam taker with short items to correctly transcribe, proofread and edit. AHDI level one and two certification exams are also available to experienced transcriptionists.
The Electronic Transcriber Certification exam consists of two parts. One features a series of multiple choice knowledge questions, while the other involves transcribing numerous pages of a digitally recorded court proceeding. Passing the knowledge portion of the exam requires a score of 80 or above, and passing the practical portion requires 98 percent accuracy. The general transcription certification program has numerous online lessons and quizzes, and passing the final examination leads to a certificate of completion.