Become a Certified Athletic Trainer

Certified athletic trainersare allied health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active.

To become a BOC-certified athletic trainer (ATC), you must earn a bachelors or masters degree from a college or university with an accredited athletic training program, then take and pass the exam administered by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC).

Don’t have a Bachelors Degree?

Bachelors Degree Holder?

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in something other than athletic training, you have two options:

  1. You can get a second bachelor’s degree from one of more than 360 schools mentioned above that have an accredited program at the bachelor’s level, or
  2. You can get a master’s degree in athletic training from a university with an accredited entry-level master’s program. Use the same list above, but choose those that specify Master in the Degree Type dropdown menu.

Admissions information

For questions about admission to an accredited program, contact the program director at the individual college or university.

Member of the Canada Athletic Therapists Association (the other CATA)?

If you are a Certified Athletic Therapist in Canada and member of the CATA, you may automatically qualify to take the BOC exam based upon the Mutual Recognition Agreement. Please visit the BOC website for more information.


For certification information, go to or contact or call 877.BOC.EXAM.

Maintaining Your Credential

The 2014-2015 Recertification Requirements outline the requirements to maintain your BOC certification. The requirements include information about completing the continuing education (CEU) requirements, meeting the emergency cardiac care (ECC) requirements, submitting the BOC certification fee and adhering to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice.


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