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Do You Really Know the ECC Requirement?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Posted December 22, 2016

Avoid common audit problems like completing the wrong course, letting your ECC certification lapse or tossing old documents too soon.

The Card Code is highlighted in yellow.

The BOC regularly conducts audits of ATs to verify compliance with certification requirements – a critical part of assuring public safety. Our audits sometimes reveal lapses in maintaining an Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) credential due to mistaken beliefs about the requirement. Other times, ATs report ECC certification at a lower level than the minimum BOC requirement (see sidebar).

Following are common but unacceptable reasons given for a lapse in ECC certification:

- I’m not currently practicing as an AT

- I’m not working in the field

- I’m in school

- I didn’t know what level of CPR I need

- I didn’t keep all my cards, whether expired or current

The Certificate ID is highlighted in yellow.

In an effort to help with lost cards, we have added a field to the continuing education reporting form in your BOC Central™ profile. The new field, under the “Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC)” section, asks for the certificate ID or card code (see screenshot).

This information allows the BOC and other organizations to access American Red Cross and American Heart Association systems to verify ECC certification – which allows us to help you in the event of an audit. We encourage you to enter ECC information in your profile as soon as you receive a new card or certificate.

What Level Is Your ECC Certification?

 ECC certification must include all of the following:

- Adult CPR

- Pediatric CPR

- Second rescuer CPR


- Airway obstruction

- Barrier devices (e.g., pocket mask, bag valve mask)

Full details of this category are located in the Certification Maintenance Requirements starting on page 3.

Finally, remember that ECC documents must be kept for 2 years after expiration. The only acceptable documents are original certification cards, original certificates of completion, or photocopies (front and back) of certification cards or certificates of completion. The instructor and card holder must sign cards or certificates of completion if a QR code is not provided. Letters provided by instructors are not acceptable.





Transition from Candidate to Athletic Trainer

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

This Week’s Question: I just passed the BOC exam! What is the next step?

Answer: Passing the BOC exam is just the first step. There are a few items you must submit to complete your file for certification before you can officially use the ATC® credential. Be Certain.™ that the following items have been submitted to complete your file for certification:

Official transcript – Mail your official transcript with degree and date of degree posted (upon graduation) in a university sealed envelope to:

Board of Certification
Attn: Credentialing Services Dept.
1415 Harney St Ste 200
Omaha NE 68102-2205

ECC card – A front and back signed copy of your current ECC card must be faxed or scanned and emailed to:

Fax: (402) 561-0598 (Attn: Credentialing Services Dept.)

You will receive an email notification that everything has been processed and that you have the go-ahead to use the credential. You can publicize your status as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) by sending a press release to
your local newspaper or by posting it on Twitter. We also have certificates and plaques you can order to display your accomplishment. Visit the BOC website about more ideas on how to market your BOC certification.

For more information regarding the maintenance of your BOC certification and other responsibilities, read Transition from Candidate to AT  on the BOC website. We encourage you to watch the short video Your Credential, Your Responsibility on the BOC’s YouTube Channel.

Currently, there are 48 states that have some form of athletic training regulation. The BOC exam is accepted to obtain regulation in all 48 states; however, it is important to recognize that passing the BOC exam is only a precursor to athletic training practice. Compliance with state regulatory requirements is mandatory and the only avenue to legal athletic training practice. For specific details regarding state regulation, please contact your state regulatory agency.

When using the credential, remember that ATC refers to the credential held by a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT). ATC should only be used when referring to the credential, and it should not be used in singular or plural form (ATC or ATCs) when referring to an individual Athletic Trainer (AT) or a group of Athletic Trainers (ATs). Read more about the proper presentation of credentials, degrees and licenses in this NATA News article Proper Treatment of Degrees, Licenses and Credentials.

Written By: Brittney Ryba