The International Arrangement (IA) for the profession of athletic training and therapy plays a key role in optimizing care, injury prevention, rehabilitation and supporting the rights of patients and the public to achieve their potential to live well. The IA ensures comparable best practices, quality education and professional standards. The IA provides an opportunity for Athletic Trainers, Athletic Therapists and Sport Rehabilitators to be mobile on a global scale by creating a pathway to challenge each other’s credentialing exam.
The current credentialing organizations included in the IA are Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI), British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT), BOC (USA) and Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA).
Education and Credentialing
The IA organizations, in collaboration with International Consultants of Delaware (ICD), participated in an analysis of education and credentialing standards. The IA organizations, via cooperation and collaboration, established its minimum educational standards for the IA. These standards serve as a benchmark during the process of credentials evaluation conducted by ICD to ensure that entry-to-practice skills and competencies as an athletic training and therapy profession have been acquired by the applicant. This is done through a detailed analysis of academic courses, syllabi, continuing professional education, and other related activities that describe the applicant’s cumulative knowledge, abilities, behavior, and expertise.
The outcome of the evaluation identified areas that are considered gaps. The following high-level areas identified may be helpful as you prepare to apply for an IA organization exam.
Anyone credentialed (certified or registered) by an IA organization qualifies and may submit an application to challenge the exam of any other IA organization.
How to Become Credentialed
- Visit appropriate website for detailed instructions.
- Begin the application process for the organization in which you want to be credentialed.
- IA organization will direct applicant to the ICD website to complete an evaluation.
- Complete the ICD application (Tutorial)
- ICD will provide an evaluation report to the applicant and the IA organization.
- The IA organization will determine exam eligibility based on the evaluation report.
Click on the appropriate IA organization below for details on how to challenge their exam:
The ICD Portal is for International Arrangement (IA) organizations only. Applicants looking to become credentialed by an International Arrangement organization, need to begin the application process on the appropriate IA organization website.
Petition to Join IA
Organizations interested in petitioning to join the IA, should review the International Arrangement Petition document for more details. If you have questions, please contact the IA organizations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Certification: Our Exam Services
Expert Credentialing Consultation
As a credentialing leader, the BOC will provide a customized approach to your organization’s needs through consultation and a mix of tailored support and services:
|Practice Analysis – Role Delineation Study – Job Task Analysis
|The purpose of any certification program is to establish an exam and continuing competence requirements to measure that individuals have the knowledge and skills necessary to perform competent professional practice. The BOC can design and facilitate a practice analysis study to identify the performance domains and associated tasks, knowledge and/or skills relating to the purpose of your credential and to provide the foundation for exam validation and continuing competence programming.
|With the BOC’s expertise you can create an exam development and management program to ensure impactful implementation and measurement. As an end-to-end service provider, the BOC will equip your team with the support processes and tools necessary to create a well-rounded exam program prepared to meet the high standards of your profession.
The BOC will deliver a customized approach and tools to facilitate a superior exam for your organization. We have an experienced content development team to support and help facilitate exam creation and implementation resulting in the strongest exam possible. In addition, the BOC will gain insight into the performance level of your exam through ongoing data analysis that measures alignment with exam objectives and accreditation standards. We can identify areas for improvement, supported by the expertise of our psychometricians.
|Exam Development Software: SqOne
|Discover a tailored solution for every stage of your exam development lifecycle. You can feel confident that when you choose SqOne you are partnering with a responsive company that knows the challenges you are facing. The BOC is here to assist you. Our commitment to you is one of innovation, service and integrity. We look ahead at the best ways to deliver superior exam development – so that the solutions that work for you today can ignite into the next big ideas of the future. SqOne provides an exceptional user experience that facilitates flexible exam content creation with features including item authoring and banking, intuitive user interface, custom user attributes and flexible role creation to enable setup of multiple workflows. In addition, SqOne has the ability to create reports concerning item development, user interactions and bank analysis. Robust workflows and an intuitive item writing interface allow for superior functionality, as well as multi-dimensional classification systems and an innovative tagging system. High level security and support is provided through a preconfigured network firewall, encrypted user authentication and attributes, as well as scheduled onsite and cloud backups.
|Item Writer Development and Management
|The BOC provides full-level support in item development through item writer training workshops facilitated by exam experts. Attaining high-performance items requires expertise. Work with the BOC to build a solid foundation for your item writers. Our step-by-step process will instill confidence in your bank of items, and maximize effectiveness, efficiency and accuracy. Our systems and processes ensure optimized exam performance to meet high industry standards.
|Self-Assessment Exam Tool
|The BOC can create a valuable candidate practice tool using banked items. A Self-Assessment Exam (SAE) is an additional delivery option for your content used to assist candidates with exam preparation. Delivery and use of the SAEs is an opportunity for additional revenue too. The SAE can mirror your organization’s exam platform experience.
|When you work with the BOC to facilitate your exam services project, you are working with a premier credentialing organization. We are dedicated experts in the development of standards, eligibility and recertification requirements, and we understand the importance of developing and facilitating a high-stakes exam. Our team is proactive, responsive and collaborative with a keen understanding of exam processes and technology.
Our approach to managing your project is to drive development, meet deadlines and ensure your exam is delivered at the highest quality and meet your administration timelines. The BOC provides a dedicated project coordinator (PC) to map out roles and responsibilities based on Scope of Work and track key tasks and deadlines using project management software. The PC integrates all technology, systems and processes needed to facilitate exam development services. Throughout your project, the PC will schedule and facilitate regular meetings for progress checks and discussions and to keep deliverables on track.
Want to find out more?
Contact International@bocatc.org to set up a consultation.
Board of Certification: Who are we?
We are a credentialing leader.
- Provides only accredited certification program for Athletic Trainers (ATs) in the United States and is a participating organization in an International Arrangement with the Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI), British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT) and Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA).
- Established both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers, as well as Board Certified Specialists in Orthopedics.
- Works with state regulatory agencies to provide credential information, professional conduct guidelines and regulatory standards on certification issues.
We are accredited.
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 five years through the NCCA, which is the accreditation body of Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
We protect the public.
The vision of the BOC is to lead credentialling excellence globally and fulfill our mission to provide exceptional credentials and standards the public can trust.