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FAQs

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To apply for state licensure, contact the state regulatory board. Please click here for a list of agencies.
State law defines the scope of practice and requirements for the legal practice of athletic training. Scope of practice can vary from state to state. State regulation always takes precedence over certification standards.

The BOC certification is a voluntary certification that is international in scope. More than 40,000 individuals hold the BOC certification.
Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of athletic training. Individuals must be legally recognized by the appropriate state regulatory agency prior to practicing athletic training. The BOC exam is recognized by all Athletic Trainer state regulatory agencies to meet their exam requirement. Compliance with state regulatory requirements is mandatory and the only avenue to legal athletic training practice.
Licensure: This is the most restrictive form of professional and occupational regulation. Licensure is often referred to as right-to-practice. Under licensure laws, it is illegal for a person to practice a profession without first meeting state standards.

Certification: Under certification, the state grants title protection (right-to-title) to persons meeting predetermined standards. Those without certification may perform the duties of the occupation, but may not use the title.

Registration: This is the least restrictive form of regulation. It usually takes the form of requiring individuals to file their names, addresses and qualifications with a government agency before practicing the occupation. This may include posting a bond or filing a fee.