BOC Vision & Mission

The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) has been responsible for the certification of Athletic Trainers (ATs) since 1969. The BOC was the certification arm of the professional membership organization the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) until 1989 when the BOC became an independent non-profit organization.

BOC Vision:
The BOC exists so that healthcare professionals worldwide have access to globally recognized standards of competence and exceptional credentialing programs that support them in the protection of the public and the provision of excellent patient care.

BOC Mission:
To provide exceptional credentialing programs for healthcare professionals to assure protection of the public.

BOC Values:
Integrity, Professionalism, Fairness, Transparency, Service


The BOC has the only accredited certification program for ATs in the US. Since 1982, the BOC has been continuously accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The BOC must undergo review and reaccreditation every 5 years through the NCCA, which is the accreditation body of Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).