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Designed for those wishing to increase their shorthand speed and efficiency

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 10 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
This course is structured in 10 hour blocks of time

About This Course

Once you’re familiar with a shorthand system, you may need to work on your shorthand speed – which is where this course comes in.

Our tried and tested methods will soon have you writing shorthand quickly – and you’ll have all the respect that comes from having the Pitman name on your CV.

We use material with the widest possible content – literary, parliamentary, commercial etc – to increase in speed, dexterity and mental word-holding. Through this course you’ll work with dictation material between 30 to 140 wpm, with varied content eg. Literary, parliamentary and company reports, commercial, general interest etc. to help you work on your speeds. You will need to spend some time working on theory and practice work outside the time spent at the centre.

Flexible shorthand training

Situated in convenient town and city centre locations, our courses are completely flexible because of our self-study programme – but you won’t be left on your own, because at Pitman Training there is always a course advisor on hand to help when you need it.

The comprehensive workbook we provide, full of hands-on exercises to complement the training, makes this a true step-by-step learning experience. Once complete, we have a wide choice of Microsoft Office courses or specialist secretarial courses to allow you to develop your potential still further.

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Aims and Objectives

This course is designed to take existing shorthand knowledge and increase speed and accuracy to ensure increased efficiency.


You will need to have experience and knowledge of the Teeline Shorthand system.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:
There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

Shorthand is a necessity for journalists, so if you’re aspiring for a journalism career then look no further. Other careers include PA, EA or Senior Administration positions where you’ll need to take minutes at business meetings.

What’s the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.