Touch Typing and Shorthand Certificate - CPD Accredited

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Touch Typing and Shorthand Certificate – CPD Accredited

Touch typing is a skill with powerful benefits, including: enhanced productivity, improved focus, increased speed, accuracy, job opportunities and even health. When you know how to touch type you open up a whole new world of productivity and information management capability.

Shorthand is a skill and an art. Many people have no idea of it’s incredible potential for recording information, whether this is for note taking during lectures, meetings and official events, or for recording interviews. Learning shorthand allows you to take down notes at double the speed of longhand writing used by most people. This skill is not only helpful, it’s actually essential for certain professions, including journalism, minute taking and stenography.

This course has been designed for office workers, typists, writers, journalists, professionals, employers, business owners and anyone who wants to work in one of these fields or individuals who simply want to improve their typing or note taking ability.

This comprehensive course covers everything you need to know about touch typing and shorthand, delivered in an accessible, straightforward tone and divided into different modules that you can progress with at whatever pace suits your needs.

The course includes diagrams and reference material to help you understand the technical aspects such as keyboard layout, and tools and techniques for you to apply the knowledge you learn practically, including exercises, tests and worksheets to reinforce the knowledge.

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What you will learn

This course teaches you:

  • Different styles of typing and how they impact speed and quality
  • How to train your fingers and brain to create muscle memory for effective touch typing
  • The basic finger position and posture needed to prevent injury and aid typing speed
  • Key drills for each hand to gradually build up the neurological connections needed for touch typing
  • The ancient origins of shorthand and why written script is inefficient
  • The theories and practical development of your own short hand style

Benefits of taking this course

After taking this course you will:

  • Have an enhanced typing speed and a foundation for accuracy and quality
  • Undo bad typing habits and develop a posture that ensures long term safety
  • Understand exactly how to enhance your note taking speed and apply it to your role
  • Have a personal reference book of shorthand abbreviations you can use immediacy
  • Have systematic and regular practices to continually improve typing and shorthand
  • Feel confident in your ability to effectively and efficiently take notes and record information

Modern business relies on the effective capture of information, but most people are wasting time and effort doing it ineffectively. Learning to touch type and write with shorthand can easily double your productivity, while empowering your fingers to do the hard work frees up your brain to think more clearly. Free you mind and speed up your work with touch typing and shorthand today.

Course Modules/Lessons

Module 1: Touch Typing Fundamentals

  • Understand the development of typing and keyboard layout
  • Learn about the different styles of typing and how they impact speed and quality
  • Understand the benefits of touch typing both mentally and physically
  • Discover how to train your fingers and brain to create muscle memory

Module 2: Touch Typing Practice

  • Introduce the basic finger position and posture needed to prevent injury and aid typing speed
  • Learn how to position and reposition the fingers on the home row and use the key bumps
  • Practise key drills for each hand to gradually build up the neurological connections needed
  • Increase finger dexterity and muscle memory by introducing each row at a time

Module 3: Shorthand Fundamentals

  • Discover the ancient origins of shorthand and understand why written script can be inefficient
  • Learn about the two most common styles of shorthand in use today and their evolution and derivations
  • Test your own natural writing speed and grasp the major benefits and pitfalls of shorthand writing
  • Understand the need for specialist equipment and be able to choose what is most suitable

Module 4: Shorthand Theory and Practice

  • Learn the basic Pitman stroke theory and practise some simple outlines
  • Find out how to simplify words to convey meaning without vowels
  • Practise the Teeline alphabet and use it in combination with word simplification
  • Discover how abbreviation can rapidly enhance your note taking speed and effectiveness

Module 5: Personal Development

  • Learn how to improve your typing skills with regular practice and personal development
  • Learn about the evolution of keyboards and how they suit specific individuals and tasks
  • Discover different technologies which can assist your typing development
  • Discover equipment and software for transcribing efficiently

Who is this course for?

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.


Our Course is fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices. Now more than ever people are using the internet while on the move so our course has been designed to be fully compatible on tablets and smartphones so you can access your course on wifi, 3G or 4G.

There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

All tests are online and are taken either during or after the course, these are included in the price.

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