What are the qualifications to become a certified and licensed athletic trainer?

Certifying athletic trainers ensures high standards of professional practice. Certification by the NATA Board of Certification (BOC) is the entry-level credential and is required by employers. To be eligible to sit for the certification exam, students must earn a degree from an accredited entry-level athletic training curriculum. Students are encouraged to consult the BOC for further information.

After interested candidates have met the curriculum requirements, they must then pass a computer based examination administered by the BOC.

Those candidates who pass the exam are certified, and their certification is retained as long as they meet the continuing education requirements set by the BOC. 

The BOC examination information for the current 3 year cycle for The University of Akron ATEP is as follows:

1 Year BOC Passing Rates 3 Year
2013-2014 2011-2014
15 Number of Graduates 33
14 Number of Graduates taking Exam 31
14 Number passing first time 28
100% First time passing rate 90.3%
14 Number overall passing 30
100% Overall passing rate 96.7%

Continuing education requirements include:

  • Completion and reporting of a predetermined number of continuing education units including recertification in CPR at least once in each 3-year term
  • Adherence to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice
  • Submission of annual BOC CEU maintenance fee or payment of NATA annual dues

Continuing education requirements are meant to insure that ATCs stay current in the advancements in athletic training. The purposes of the requirements are that ATCs continue to:

  • Obtain current professional development information
  • Explore new knowledge in specific content areas
  • Master new athletic training-related skills and techniques
  • Expand approaches to effective athletic training
  • Further develop professional judgment

Conduct professional practice in an ethical and appropriate manner.

After candidates have obtained certification they must take and pass a licensure exam given by the state of Ohio to practice as an Athletic Trainer in the State of Ohio.  The information can obtained by visiting the Ohio AT, PT, OT website http://otptat.ohio.gov/

Those who pass the exam are certified, and their certification is retained as long as they meet the continuing education requirements set by the BOC. Continuing education requirements include:

  • Completion and reporting of a predetermined number of continuing education units including recertification in CPR at least once in each 3-year term
  • Adherence to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice
  • Submission of annual BOC CEU maintenance fee or payment of NATA annual dues

Continuing education requirements are meant to insure that ATCs stay current in the advancements in athletic training. The purposes of the requirements are that ATCs continue to: 

  • Obtain current professional development information
  • Explore new knowledge in specific content areas
  • Master new athletic training-related skills and techniques
  • Expand approaches to effective athletic training
  • Further develop professional judgment
  • Conduct professional practice in an ethical and appropriate manner