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Exam Eligibility

Students/Graduates of a CAATE Accredited Program
Exam EligibilityIn order to attain BOC certification, an individual must complete an entry-level athletic training education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and pass the BOC certification exam. A list of accredited programs can be found on the CAATE website.

In order to qualify as a candidate for the BOC certification exam, an individual must be confirmed by the recognized Program Director of the CAATE accredited education program.

For additional information regarding exam policies and procedures including fee structure, see the BOC Exam Candidate Handbook.

For additional information regarding the exam application process, see Easy Steps for Online Exam Application Approval.

CATA Certified Athletic Therapists
In July 2005, the BOC and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) signed a mutual recognition arrangement (MRA). The agreement allows BOC Certified Athletic Trainers and CATA Certified Athletic Therapists to write/take each other’s certification exams. This allows certified individuals’ access to professional requirements for employment in both countries.

In order to qualify as a candidate for the BOC certification exam, a CATA Certified Athletic Therapist must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and provide documentation of his or her certification status. An official from the CATA office must confirm the individual's certification as an Athletic Therapist by completing the CATA Endorsement Form.

For instructions on how to complete the BOC exam application, see Easy Steps for Online Exam Application Approval. Notes in gold apply to CATA Certified Athletic Therapists only.

ARTI Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists
In September 2014, the BOC, CATA and Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI) signed an agreement that built upon the 2005 MRA. Under the agreement, the national certification bodies for athletic training and athletic therapy in all three countries will recognize each other’s education and certification standards.

In order to qualify as a candidate for the BOC certification exam, an ARTI Certified Athletic Therapist must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and provide documentation of his or her certification status. An official from the ARTI office must confirm the individual's certification as an Athletic Therapist by completing the ARTI Endorsement Form.

For instructions on how to complete the BOC exam application, see Easy Steps for Online Exam Application Approval. Notes in green apply to CATA Certified Athletic Therapists only.