The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level Athletic Trainers (ATs) and has been responsible for the certification of ATs since 1969. The BOC establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for ATs. Since 1982, the BOC has been continuously accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the BOC has the only accredited certification program for ATs in the US. The BOC must undergo review and reaccreditation every 5 years through the NCCA, which is the accreditation body of Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
To be the worldwide leader in credentialing
To provide exceptional credentialing programs for healthcare professionals to assure protection of the public
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states' statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. *Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA)
as a health care profession.
*This definition is approved by the Inter-Agency Terminology Work Group and the Athletic Trainer Strategic Alliance, January 2017.