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