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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..

Alaska
Effective July 1, 2015, licensure is required to practice athletic training in Alaska.

(1) applies immediately to a person who has:
(A) never practiced athletic training, as defined in AS 08.07.090, enacted by sec. 2 of this Act, before the effective date of this Act; or
(B) practiced athletic training in the state, but does not meet the requirements of (2) of this section; and
(2) does not apply until two years after the effective date of this Act (July 1, 2017) to a person who has been practicing athletic training in this state for at least three of the five years immediately preceding the effective date of this Act and is certified by the Board of Certification, Inc., and practicing athletic training within the scope of that certification.

Colorado
SB161 passed the House and Senate and has been sent to the governor. Prior to July 1, 2015, Athletic Trainers practicing in Colorado were regulated by the director of the Division of Professions and Occupations (director) in the Department of Regulatory Agencies. In the 2015 legislative session, the general assembly did not enact legislation to continue the director's authority to regulate Athletic Trainers, resulting in the repeal of the director's authority on July 1, 2015. The bill reinstates the director's authority to regulate Athletic Trainers, requiring Athletic Trainers to obtain a registration from the director in order to practice athletic training in Colorado. The bill restores the "Athletic Trainer Practice Act," as it existed on June 30, 2015, with a few changes.

Florida
During the 2015 Legislative session, CS/HB 541 passed, which affects the licensure requirements for the Athletic Training profession. Effective July 1, 2016, any new applicant must submit to a background screening. Applicants must also pass the national examination to be certified by the Board of Certification.

An approved Livescan service provider must be used to electronically submit a set of fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to conduct a search for any criminal history records that may pertain to the applicant.

When submitting fingerprints it is important to use the correct Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number, located on the application’s electronic fingerprinting form. If you do not provide an ORI number or if you provide an incorrect ORI number to the approved Livescan service provider, the board office will not receive your fingerprint results.

The Department of Health will not be able to process an application for licensure until it has received the electronic fingerprinting results. Therefore, the applicant should contact their approved Livescan service provider to determine if they submitted their prints to the FDLE for processing. Applications should be submitted prior to submitting fingerprints in order to afford an opportunity to resolve any application deficiencies prior to the expiration of the criminal history results. Approved Livescan service providers and contact information can be found on the Livescan Service Providers List.

To comply with the new law, please follow these steps:

Step 1 – During the application process, you’ll be asked to read the Livescan Privacy Statement and the Confirmation of Privacy Statement Receipt Form. Every individual required to be screened must complete this form and submit it as part of their application.

Step 2 – Every person required to be screened must contact a Livescan service provider (approved by FDLE) to obtain the fingerprints. Please note that each person will be required to pay a fee directly to the Livescan provider for this service. Once the individuals have completed the fingerprinting, the results will automatically be forwarded to the Board of Athletic Training Office.

Please be advised of the following:
  • Your application will remain incomplete, or expire after one year, if you do not complete the background screening process.
  • Your application will remain incomplete, or expire after one year, if you do not complete any other application deficiencies.
  • If the background screening results show that you have had any arrests, even if the case was dismissed, you will be required to submit supporting documentation to the Board office regarding the situation to prove the disposition in the case.
  • Should your background screening results show that you have been convicted of a crime that you failed to disclose on your application, you may be asked to appear at the next available meeting of the Board. You may also be asked to submit all supporting documentation pertaining to the conviction.

For more information, FAQs and a list of all approved Livescan service providers, please visit the Board’s website at: http://floridasathletictraining.gov/.

North Dakota
The North Dakota Board of Athletic Trainers has partnered with the BOC for the 2016 license renewal period. ATs licensed in North Dakota can renew their North Dakota license using BOC Central™.
  • Log on to BOC Central™ (same system you use to log your BOC CE)
  • From your My Summary page, click “Renew my North Dakota license” to open the form titled “North Dakota License Renewal”
  • Complete the form by clicking “Submit” and paying the $50 renewal fee using a debit or credit card (checks not accepted)

Texas
Senate Bill 202 was enacted into law on September 1, 2015. This law mandated that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) develop a transition plan for the “orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities” related to the following professions: Athletic Trainers, Dietitians, Dyslexia Therapists, Fitters and Dispensers of Hearing Instruments, Midwives, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. The plan has now been fully executed and is in effect. This notice is to keep you apprised of several important steps related to the plan that will be occurring in late 2016.

The licensing data held by DSHS will be transmitted to TDLR in mid-September. The current target date for the complete transmission of this data is September 22. In order to maintain the integrity of all licensing and related data that must be transmitted to TDLR, DSHS ceases the performance of licensing activities for the above listed professions on September 18. TDLR begins performing licensing activities for the transferred professional programs on October 3. This means there will be a gap of approximately two weeks, during which time neither agency will be able to perform licensing functions. TDLR apologizes for any inconvenience this short interruption may cause; however, this step is essential to ensure the accurate transfer of data.

In an effort to avoid renewal problems for licensees during the transition period, a 60-day license extension has been automatically granted to all licenses that expire in August, September and October 2016. DSHS has already sent new and updated license cards to licensees that had previous expiration dates set in August and September. The October licensees will receive new licensing cards in the upcoming few weeks.

To access more information about the transition of these professional licensing programs, please go to TDLR’s website, which can be found at: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/newprograms.htm.

Washington
Notice on Continuing Education
Athletic Trainers are now required to complete 50 hours of continuing education every two years.

The attached notice was filed with the code reviser’s office on May 13, 2016.

Athletic Trainers will be required to report continuing education at the end of the first full two-year period after July 1, 2016.

This new rule is adopted to establish enforceable continuing education requirements for licensed Athletic Trainers. Continuing education will help Athletic Trainers stay current on best practices for treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletes and injured workers. The rule establishes minimum hours and requirements for continuing education. The hours may be obtained in a variety of categories including workshops, seminars, conferences, online courses and other professional activities. All acceptable categories of continuing education are listed in the rule.

The Athletic Training Program held a rules hearing on March 15, 2016 to receive public comment and adopt WAC 246-916-060.

A written comment was received from the Board of Certification (BOC) for the Athletic Trainer regarding evidence-based practice in (3). The BOC regularly adds evidence-based practice activities to their list of acceptable CE for Athletic Trainers certified through them. The BOC suggested adding categories to this subsection. The addition of (3) (f), “Any other evidence-based activity as approved by the secretary” gives the secretary authority to approve activities generally recognized as evidence-based continuing education. This allows the program to accept generally recognized categories of evidence-based practice. The rule was adopted with the addition of the language in (3) (f).

Please share this notice with coworkers, supervisors and others. Continuing Education FAQs will be posted on the Washington State Department of Health’s Athletic Trainer web page.