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AB 161 Introduced into State Legislature
On January 21, 2015, the California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) with Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), introduced AB161, Title Protection for Athletic Trainers. Click here for the full Bill language
The bill would make it unlawful for any person to use the title Athletic Trainer unless he or she is certified by the Board of Certification, Inc., and has either graduated from a university after completing an accredited athletic training education program, or completed eligibility requirements for certification. The bill was introduced in January.
Today, California is the only state in the nation that does not require regulation for athletic trainers – allowing anyone, regardless of qualifications, to identify as an athletic trainer and potentially put athletes at risk.
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. Thank you for all of your passion and dedication, your support is very important to us. Our work continues…