Publicize your status as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) by sending a press release to your local newspaper (see sample)
Please note that the linked PDF is only a sample press release. The BOC logos may not be used in the press release that you create. Please call (877) 262-3926 ext. 117 or email
if you wish to request an official press release on BOC letterhead.
Announce your accomplishment to friends, family and followers by clicking on the Twitter icon
Purchase or download the most current Role Delineation/Practice Analysis
It is imperative to own a current BOC Role Delineation/Practice Analysis (RD/PA) if you are a BOC Certified AT. The RD/PA is a book that serves as a job analysis demonstrating the AT's knowledge and skills in providing health care for athletes of all kinds. The BOC works to protect the public by identifying individuals who are competent to practice the profession of athletic training. Consistent with this mission, the primary function of the athletic training exam is to assess competence in the discipline of athletic training and the role of AT. Passing the exam indicates that the AT has satisfied eligibility criteria established by the BOC and achieved a level of ability consistent with requirements for competence in athletic training.
In general, the guidelines hold that certification and licensure exams must be related to practice. Consistent with these guidelines, it is necessary to determine the knowledge and skills needed to be a competent professional in order for an exam to be practice-related. One process for identifying essential competency areas for a profession is an RD/PA, which serves as a blueprint for exam development. An RD/PA also helps to determine the type of exam, such as multiple-choice, simulation or practical, to be developed in order to assess essential competence in the most appropriate manner.
The development of a quality certification or licensing exam must follow certain logically sound and well-researched procedures. These principles and methods are outlined in federal regulations such as Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures and manuals, including Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing published by the American Educational Research Association, et al., 1999. Other standards pertaining to exams used for certification or licensure are the Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs published by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Through its relationship with Castle Worldwide, the BOC adheres to these standards in developing exams for its credentialing program.
Learn about NCCA accreditation
The BOC is the only accredited AT certification program in the US. The BOC has been accredited by the NCCA since 1982 by demonstrating compliance with strict accreditation standards. Please click here for more information on NCCA accreditation.