Minute Taking Course - CPD Certified

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Study method
Online, self-paced
7 Hours
10 CPD points / hours
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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If you are interested in maximising your efficiency in minute taking for your job or you are interested in building your career as a stenotype operator or journalist, this Minute Taking Course course will benefit you. This course will help you to improve your skills in note taking and familiarise with the features of Microsoft OneNote 2016.

This Minute Taking Course course will teach you how to organise yourself before, during and after the meeting. You’ll also learn how to convey information in a concise and compelling sentence. This course will also make you qualified to determine whether to record or ignore something in a meeting. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of Microsoft OneNote 2016 and how to use the various features of this go-to-go application for note-taking.

Benefits of studying the Minute Taking Course with Janets include

  • Earn a free e-certificate upon successful completion.
  • Accessible, informative modules taught by expert instructors
  • Study in your own time, at your own pace, through your computer tablet or mobile device
  • Benefit from instant feedback through mock exams and multiple-choice assessments
  • Get 24/7 help or advice from our email and live chat teams

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Learning Outcomes of The Minute Taking Course:

  • Explore various organisational tips and learn how to prepare for a productive meeting
  • Identify what is essential and what is not for minute taking
  • Discover the difference between agenda and minutes
  • Understand the art of taking minutes and familiarise with the tips for writing minutes
  • Get a solid understanding of the user interface, from creating notebooks, to using templates, and customising the interface
  • Learn how to integrate other Microsoft programs with OneNote
  • Understand how to share and collaborate on notebooks through Outlook integration
  • Learn how to conduct searches in notebooks

Minute Taking Course

Course design

The Minute Taking course is delivered through our online learning platform, accessible through any internet-connected device. There are no formal deadlines or teaching schedules, meaning you are free to study the Minute taking course at your own pace.

You are taught through a combination of

  • Video lessons
  • Online study materials
  • Mock exams
  • Multiple-choice assessment

************************** Course Modules **************************

**Minute Taking Basics**

Module 01: Minute Taking

  • Meaning of Minute
  • Difference between Agenda and Minute
  • Minute Writing
  • Preparation/Minute Taking Practice
  • Tips for Writing a Minute:
  • The Art of Taking Minutes:

Module 02: Tips to Follow

  • Active Listening
  • Action Planning and Reflections
  • Formal Vs. Informal
  • Your Winning Style and How Best To Communicate With Your Manager

Module 03: Meeting and the Minute Taking

  • Organisational Tips
  • Preparing For an Effective Meeting
  • Meeting Agendas: During/After the Meeting
  • When Confused At A Meeting, Speak Up!

Module 04: Minute Taking Nowadays

  • Determine what’s Important
  • Minute Taking Gone Digital

**Microsoft OneNote 2016**

Module 05: Navigate the OneNote 2016 Environment

  • The OneNote Workspace
  • The Notebook
  • Containers
  • The OneNote Ribbon

Module 06: Create a Notebook

  • Open a Notebook
  • The New Notebook Option
  • The Notebook Properties Dialog Box
  • Restoring Notebook Backups

Module 07: Use Predesigned Templates for OneNote Notebooks

  • OneNote Templates
  • Using Predesigned Templates
  • Creating Page Templates

Module 08: Customize the User Interface

  • The OneNote Options Dialog Box
  • Customize the Quick Access Toolbar Using the OneNote Options Dialog Box
  • Add a Command or Group from the Ribbon to the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Add a Command to the Quick Access Toolbar Using the Customize the Quick Access Toolbar Menu
  • Minimize the Ribbon
  • Create a Ribbon Tab and a Group with Commands
  • Docked Windows and Views

Module 09: Modify Formatting in a Notebook

  • Styles
  • Text Formatting Options
  • The Format Painter
  • Paste Options
  • Create a List from Text

Module 10: Add Images to a Notebook

  • Insert a Picture from a File
  • Insert Online Pictures
  • Insert a Screenshot
  • Set an Image as the Background

Module 11: Add Tables to a Notebook

  • Inserting Tables
  • Modifying the Table
  • Using the Table Tools – Layout Tab
  • Converting a Table to an Excel Spreadsheet

Module 12: Add Audio and Video to a Notebook

  • Inserting an Audio or Video File from Your Computer
  • Recording an Audio File
  • Recording a Video File
  • Contextual Audio and Video Notes

Module 13: Add Quick Notes and Links

  • Quick Notes
  • Linked Notes
  • OneNote Integrated Applications
  • Taking Notes with Microsoft Edge
  • Wiki Links

Module 14: Use Tags, Symbols, Drawing Tools, and Pen Options

  • Tags
  • Symbols
  • Drawing Tools
  • Pen Mode
  • New Pen Features for the Tablet User

Module 15: Save and Export Content and Use Alternate File Types

  • Opening Older OneNote Notebooks
  • Alternate File Types
  • Page and Section Export
  • Notebook Export

Module 16: Manage Notebook Recycle Bins and Backups

  • The Notebook Recycle Bin
  • Notebook History and Page Versions
  • Notebook Backups

Module 17: Work with Excel Spreadsheets and Visio Diagrams

  • Excel Spreadsheets in OneNote
  • Visio Diagrams in OneNote

Module 18: Work with Embedded Files

  • Embedded Files
  • Print to OneNote

Module 19: Send a Notebook and Use Outlook Integration

  • Sending Notes to Yourself
  • Sending OneNote Pages
  • Blog Integration
  • Outlook Integration

Module 20: Share and Collaborate on Notebooks

  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Collaboration Settings
  • Edit Notes in a Shared Notebook
  • Synchronize Changes
  • Use OneNote on Other Devices

Module 21: Finalize a Notebook Using Proofing and Print Settings

  • The Spell Checker
  • Research Options
  • Language Options
  • The Page Setup Group
  • The Print Preview and Settings Dialog Box

Module 21: Configure Notebook Properties and Security

  • Password Protecting a Section
  • Notebook Properties

Module 22: Search Notebooks

  • The Search Option
  • The Text Recognition Feature
  • Audio Search

What you will be able to do on completion of the course

  • Understand the role of the minute taker
  • Be aware of various problems and solutions
  • Master the skills of a minute taker
  • Be better organised
  • Think critically
  • Arrange meetings
  • Use different minute styles
  • Know what to record and what to leave out
  • Prepare minutes
  • Take minutes in an interactive meeting


Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to obtain your course completion e-certificate free of cost. Print copy by post is also available at an additional cost of £9.99 and PDF Certificate at £4.99.

Who is this course for?

This Minute Taking course is ideal for people interested in maximizing their efficiency in note taking for their jobs, and for people interested in working as a stenotype operator or journalist.

Student Testimonials On Our Minute Taking Course:


"If you want to develop your knowledge on the role of a minute taker then you wouldn’t be disappointed with this Minute Taking course. I did not regret registering in this course because it gave me all the contents I needed."


"I thought it would be hard to find a course about minute taking training, but I'm glad I came across into this site. They also respond to questions promptly, so I'm very satisfied. It was indeed an effective course!"

Career path

Training offered by the Minute Taking course could potentially benefit a range of roles, but would particularly enhance careers in

  • Office Administration
  • PA
  • Journalism
  • Stenography
  • Receptionist and Secretarial Work
  • Law
  • Business Management
  • Other professional office roles

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Sarah asked:

Hi, is there a time restriction on completing the course or can you access it when you can?


Dear Sarah, Thanks for the question. You will have a one-year access to the course after purchasing. You can complete the course anytime within a year. Thanks.

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Nicola asked:

If you failed the exam can you resit? Is there any extra cost for this?


Dear Nicola, Thanks for the question. You can take the mock exam three times without any fees. If you fail in the final exam, you can reset it by paying £1.99 every time. Thanks.

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Elizabeth asked:

Is it possible to do this course via an iPad?


Dear Elizabeth, Thanks for your question. Our site is almost all device friendly, so you can easily access the courses with your iPad and all other devices. As the courses are completely online, you can do the course from anywhere in the world. Thanks Help Desk.

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Williams asked:

How will I be assessed?


Dear Williams, Thanks for your question. There will be a mock and a final exam at the end of the course, which is included in the course. The exam will consist of around 20-30 multiple choice questions and will allow around 20-30 minutes to complete. You will need to achieve 60% marks to pass the exam. Thanks, Help Desk.

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Williams asked:

What is the exam process and how about the certification?


Hi Williams, The exams will be held online. After completing all the units, you can sit for the MCQ exam anytime you want. There will two exams, a mock and a final. Exams will be assessed automatically and you will be able to check the result right away. Upon passing the exam, you will be able to obtain an accredited certificate. Thanks.

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Louise asked:

Would I be provided with the instructor support if needed?


Hi Louise, Thanks for the question. We are one of the few course providers, who provide 24 x 7 instructor support for our learners. You can always reach our instructors through the e-mail and live chat. You can even get the support over the phone from 9 am to 5 pm apart from the weekend days. Thanks.

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