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AB 161 Introduced into State Legislature
Assemblymember Chau introduced AB 161, the Athletic Trainer Title Protection Bill, into the Legislature on Wednesday January 21, 2015. Click here for the full Bill language and check back soon for more details!
Please make plans to attend Hit the Hill on Monday February 23, 2015 to speak to legislators about why our profession needs state regulation!
Title Protection: What this means.
Our bill has been introduced again as title protection for many reasons, many of which are out of our control and have to do with events happening at the Capitol and elsewhere that were unforeseen and are affecting the status of other bills. This decision was made because licensure would not have had the support it needed without attaining title protection first, as title protection is being viewed as a prerequisite for licensure.
Therefore, title protection will be our focus this year so that we can move onto licensure in the near future. This will protect the title of “Athletic Trainer”, “AT”, “Certified Athletic Trainer”, “ATC” and anything relating to those names. This means that someone who has not gone through the proper education and certification will no longer be able to call themselves an athletic trainer. Passing this bill will still be a massive step forward for athletic trainers in California and an important step towards licensure.
We will continue to need your support and dedication to get title protection passed.
We are making good progress and know that together we will continue to make progress. This decision was not easy and in no way taken lightly. The leadership team, along with our lobbying firm and our author (Assemblymember Chau) chose the direction that gives us the best possibility for ultimate success in attaining licensure. Thanks for all of your passion and dedication, your support is very important to us. Our work continues…