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An AT’s expiration date can be found on his/her BOC certification card or in his/her BOC Central™ profile. The expiration date signifies when CEUs and 2 years of recertification fees are due.
CEUs during the current CE reporting period cannot be carried over to the next reporting period. All CEUs must be earned within the specified date parameters of the CE reporting period.
Please review the BOC's Reinstatement Policy.

CE Accumulation/Entry

  1. Log in to BOC Central™
  2. Complete AT203 - Continuing Education Reporting Form
    • In the "Forms" section, click "Enter/Report CE Activities"
    • In the "New Forms" tab, select AT203
    • Enter details of CE activities
    • Click "Save for Later" button until you have met the minimum CE requirements and are ready to submit your final report
    • Return to the form in the "In-Process" tab to enter additional CE
    • Click "Submit" button ONLY IF you are completely done entering CE and ECC for the current reporting period and have validated the confirmation statements
An AT can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submit an inquiry through his/her personal profile in BOC Central™, and the BOC staff will make another AT203 - Continuing Education Reporting Form visible in the "New Forms" tab for the AT. ATs will not need to re-enter the CEUs they have already entered.
No, ATs may accumulate CEUs throughout the entire CE reporting period unless an individual has been instructed otherwise by the BOC.
An AT who has reported CE activity online can log in to his/her personal profile in BOC Central™ and see the number of CEUs they have entered. ATs that mail their CE reports to the BOC will not be able to see the CEUs entered in BOC Central™ until the CE report is received and processed by the BOC.

CE Eligibility

An AT can:
  • Search the AP Directory
  • Call the meeting coordinator for the course and ask if they are a BOC Approved Provider
  • Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (877) 262-3926 for assistance
ATs may earn CEUs for courses from non-BOC Approved Providers under Category D, provided that the course falls within the domains of athletic training as defined in the current BOC Role Delineation/Practice Analysis. The maximum allowed in that category is dependent upon the total number of CEUs an AT has due. Please refer to the current certification maintenance requirements for more details.
A webinar is considered a live event if the provider can track the participant’s session activity. If the provider does not have the ability to track the participant's activity, the course is considered a home study.
No, teaching a course does not qualify for CEUs. Teaching has not been eligible for CEUs since 1999.
ATs may earn CEUs for speaking if the audience is comprised of healthcare professionals (i.e., MD, PA, RN, PT, AT). Speaking to students, parents, booster clubs, coaches and administrators is not eligible for CEUs.
ATs may earn CEUs for writing articles in a journal (refereed or non-refereed) or contributing to or authoring a textbook.

Note: Refereed or peer-reviewed means the manuscript has been reviewed by at least one subject specialist in addition to the editor prior to publishing.
ATs may earn 10 CEUs per credit hour for college courses that fall within the domains of athletic training defined in the current BOC Role Delineation/Practice Analysis.

Note: The college or university must also be accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education, and the course must be listed as earned credit on a college/university official transcript.
No, the BOC only has record of CE activities that ATs report in BOC Central™. BOC Approved Providers do not submit CE activities to the BOC.


The most common definition of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is taken from Dr. David Sackett, a pioneer in the subject. According to Sackett, EBP is "the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research."

The EBP continuing education (CE) category helps ATs infuse the best new evidence into clinical decision-making, with the goal of improving patient outcomes. By completing activities in the EBP category, ATs learn how to find and analyze the most current research evidence available. Then, with research in hand, ATs can use clinical expertise and their patients’ own values to make healthcare decisions.

The BOC requires a certain number of EBP continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain certification. Please refer to the current certification maintenance requirements for more information.
  • Use the AP Directory to browse live events, home studies and BOC Approved Providers. You can filter by several criteria, including date, location, CE Category and more
  • Begin with a Foundations of EBP program if you’re new to EBP principles
  • Then, or if you are already familiar with EBP principles, move on to Clinical EBP programs in your areas of interest
More information about EBP is available here. This page includes a video, podcast, articles, links to library resources and more.
You can certainly complete more than the minimum amount of EBP CEUs or even use EBP programs to fulfill your CE requirements. However, when reporting, please note that an approved EBP program should be counted only under the EBP Category. It does not change to Category A.

As a reminder, CE requirements are as follows:
  • ATs certified in 2015 or before must complete 50 CEUs, including at least 10 EBP CEUs
  • ATs certified in 2016 must complete 25 CEUs, including at least 5 EBP CEUs
Programming in this category will enhance clinicians’ ability to find evidence, evaluate it and apply it to their clinical practice. ATs will learn that EBP combines the highest quality evidence available, clinical experience and the patient’s unique circumstances and values.
Just like every EBP program, a college course has to go through the application, review and approval process. Double check the AP Directory to see if your university submitted its course for approval. Most colleges have not requested this approval, but there are a handful of colleges with BOC Approved EBP courses.


ATs report their CE activity online utilizing BOC Central™. ATs who are audited are mailed an audit notification. The audit notification will provide instructions on when, what and where to mail the requested documentation. Audit participants typically must mail all original or notarized copies of the CEUs they reported as well as signed copies of all ECC cards or certificates that were current during the reporting period.
ATs must contact the provider of the course and request replacement documentation.


ECC requirements can be found on the BOC website.

The current ECC requirement went in to effect on January 1, 2003. ECC has not been eligible for CE credit since the 2006 reporting period. ATs must save all ECC cards for at least 2 years after the end of the reporting period to provide to the BOC in the event they are audited.
The only time ATs must submit proof of ECC certification is if they are audited. Audited ATs will be required to submit ECC cards or certificates for the entire reporting period, which may include expired ECC cards or certificates. ATs must retain all ECC cards or certificates that were current during their reporting period for at least 2 years after the end of the reporting period.
No, CEUs are not earned for instructing. In addition, CPR instructor cards do not satisfy the ECC requirement.
ATs can count CE credit for the instructor portion only of an emergency cardiac care (ECC) instructor course. The portion where ATs learn ECC cannot be used for CE credit; however, the portion where ATs learn how to instruct ECC does fall within the domains and can be counted in Category D.
Content beyond BLS learned in an ACLS course is eligible for CEUs. This content is worth 1 CEU per contact hour in Category D. Typically, this accounts for about 4 hours.
Yes, if testing skills via video is explicitly allowed by your authorized provider (e.g., American Red Cross, American Heart Association). The instructor must be able to adequately view performance of ECC skills.
No, skills assessment must be conducted in a live setting. The live video option provides for live demonstration associated with in-person courses. Recorded demonstrations do not allow for timely correction of skill performance.
Demonstration of all skills is required for ECC certification. Participants who cannot demonstrate skills for an adult, child and infant will not meet the BOC requirement.
An entire online course does not require skills to be tested by an instructor. Testing skills using video technology or an online skill check requires a participant to demonstrate skills to an instructor.
Yes, however, upon completing the online portion of an AHA HeartCode® course, students must attend a structured hands-on session with an AHA Instructor. Testing skills using a voice-assisted mannequin (VAM) does NOT meet the skills test requirement since second rescuer CPR cannot be tested using a VAM.


The annual certification maintenance fee supports the administrative, disciplinary, regulatory and professional development activities required of the BOC to retain NCCA accreditation and assure protection of the public. NCCA accreditation highlights the essential elements of a high-quality program and is necessary for continued recognition of ATs by employers and regulators that identify the BOC exam and CE requirements in their state statutes, rules and regulations. Every AT has been required to pay the certification maintenance fee since 1992. The BOC will waive the certification maintenance fee for ATs who are certified in the same year the fee is assessed. The fee is non-refundable.
Click here for a table showing how and when to pay the fee.
NATA membership questions should be directed to the NATA Membership Department at (972) 532-8897 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The BOC and the NATA are two separate organizations that are part of a strategic alliance with the CAATE. The BOC is the national credentialing organization for the athletic training certification. The NATA is the national membership organization for the athletic training profession.


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ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act
AMAAmerican Medical Association
ARTIAthletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland
ATAthletic Trainer
ATsAthletic Trainers
BOCBoard of Certification, Inc.
CAATECommission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
CATACanadian Athletic Therapists Association
CEcontinuing education
CEUcontinuing education unit
CEUscontinuing education units
CLEARCouncil on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation
ECCemergency cardiac care
ECEExecutive Committee for Education
ICEInstitute for Credentialing Excellence
NATANational Athletic Trainers' Association
NCCANational Commission for Certifying Agencies
RD/PARole Delineation Study/Practice Analysis
Official Certification Verification$25
Document Retrieval$25
History Book$19.95
Paper CE Form Processing$25
Recertification Fee: Annual$50
Reinstatement Application$60 or $100
Returned Check$20
Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, 6th Edition$9.95
Practice Analysis, 7th Edition$14.95
Self Assessment Exam$30
If an AT is unable to meet the deadline due to extenuating circumstances (e.g. military deployment, medical condition, etc.), they may submit a written request for a deadline extension. The written request must include an explanation of the extenuating circumstance and supporting documentation (e.g., military orders, medical documentation, etc.). Email requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Written requests must be received no later than 5:00pm CT on December 31 of the deadline year. All requests will be reviewed on an individual basis.
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