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12 Tips for Completing Your BOC Certification Maintenance Requirements

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Certification maintenance requirements are due Dec. 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m. CT. Athletic Trainers (ATs) must confirm that their 2022 maintenance fee was paid in full (late fees apply for payment in 2023). In addition, ATs are required to pay the 2023 annual certification maintenance fee, as well as report their continuing education (CE) requirements, upload their current emergency cardiac card (ECC) card/certificate and agree to confirmation statements using the CE reporting form. Today, we will walk through the CE reporting form and provide valuable tips to help ATs be successful.

TIP 1: CHECK “MY TO DO LIST” IN YOUR BOC PROFILE

Once logged into your BOC profile, make sure to check items that are due on the “My To Do List.” Each item will be removed from the list once they have been completed.

  • Click “Verify My Contact Info” to make sure your information is current.
  • Use the “Pay Cert Maintenance Fee” task to pay all outstanding fees. ATs can also refer to the “Cert Maintenance Fee” status tab on the left navigation to confirm whether fees were paid for each year. It will show as a green “PAID” once the fee has been processed and a red “DUE” when fees are still owed.
  • Select “Enter/Submit CE Activity” to go to your CE reporting form. ATs can also navigate to “Menu” on the top right navigation and drop down to “CE Reporting Form.”

TIP 2: VIEW CE REPORTING FORM TUTORIAL VIDEO

There is now a CE Reporting Form Tutorial video available in your BOC profile dashboard and on the CE reporting form that you can view if you have questions. Look for the pink play button.

TIP 3: REVIEW “STEP 1: CEU SUMMARY”

The “CEU Summary” displays important information including:

  • Reporting period dates
  • Total CEUs due
  • All CEUs and updates when an entry is saved
  • Breakdown of Category A, B, C and D CEUs entered

You’ll notice that there is no longer an Evidence Based Practice (EBP) category tab. EBP was integrated into Category A in 2022 so you will now be required to report a minimum number of continuing education units (CEUs) in Category A.

TIP 4: REVIEW CATEGORY A PROGRAM CERTIFICATE

The certificate for Category A programs should list your name, BOC Approved Provider name, program title, BOC Approved Provider logo, statement of credit, completion date and CEU eligibility.

  • If your certificate is missing the BOC Approved Provider logo and statement of credit, please contact the BOC for help in identifying if the program is from a BOC Approved Provider.
  • If the certificate is missing your name or other information, please contact the BOC Approved Provider for an updated certificate.

TIP 5: USE “QUICK ENTRY” FOR CATEGORY A ONLY

Use the “Quick Entry” tool to look-up Category A programs, which are CE programs offered by BOC Approved Providers.

  • Search for the individual session named on your certificate, instead of conference or convention name, if they are listed individually.
  • Make sure to enter details as they are listed on the certificate.
  • The completion date is the last day you attended the program.
  • ATs should only report the number of CEUs you participated in.

TIP 6: ENTER “CATEGORY A CEUS” MANUALLY

If you can’t find the Category A program using the “Quick Entry,” go to “Category A CEUs” to manually add the program using the “Add” button at the top.

TIP 7: UNDERSTANDING CATEGORY B, CATEGORY C AND CATEGORY D

Use tabs to manually add programs using the “Add” button at the top.

TIP 8: USE EDIT OR DELETE UNDER RESPECTIVE CATEGORY TAB

You can “Edit” or “Delete” all Category A, B, C and D programs that you have entered using their respective tab.

TIP 9: REVIEW THE “CEU SUMMARY” AFTER ALL CEUS ARE ENTERED

Once all CEUs are added go back to the “CEU Summary” to review your totals. If there are any differences in the submitted versus applied, check that your completion date is within the reporting period.

TIP 10: MAKE SURE “STEP 2: ECC DOCUMENTATION” IS UP TO DATE

ATs must be able to demonstrate ongoing certification in ECC throughout the reporting period. Make sure all cards that were active during your reporting period are listed in the form.

  • Past ECC cards or certificates are listed here.
  • If “Review” appears next to it, then the entry cannot be edited.

TIP 11: COMPLETE “STEP 3: PRACTICE SURVEY” AND “STEP 4: CONFIRMATION STATEMENTS”

Make sure to complete Step 3 and Step 4 before navigating to the “Submission Checklist.”

TIP 12: USE THE “SUBMISSION CHECKLIST” TO FINALIZE AND SUBMIT CE REPORTING FORM

In the “Submission Checklist” tab, you can review a summary of what has been entered. If you see an X under “Status” refer to the “Message” column to see what action is needed. The “Submit” button only appears if all required items are complete.

This article was originally published in the 2023 winter "Cert Update" newsletter.

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