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Continuing Professional Certification

At the BOC, we know that Athletic Trainers (ATs) are always on the move – and as a profession, that movement is driving us forward. In mirroring that momentum, the BOC initiated the Maintenance of Competence (MOC) Task Force in 2016 to evaluate and improve upon the continuing certification experiences that relate to improving everyday practice.

We are excited to share that through the hard work of this task force around the recertification process, a new framework has been identified to help establish a mentality of lifelong learning. What was previously MOC is now Continuing Professional Certification (CPC). Our aim is to spark an intentional shift that speaks to ATs' ongoing pursuit of professional learning and growth – toward an attitude of forward motion, with certification and credentialing programs at the center of everything we do.

We believe holding the ATC® credential is more than checking boxes or a static measurement to revisit every other year; we know that ATs feel this way too. Continual growth and development is at the heart of CPC, and it informs everything we do.

At A Glance:

Professional Goals Appraisal (PGA) – Soft Launch in 2020

The PGA will help ATs identify gaps and to develop professional goals intended to drive mindful, intentional selection of activities designed to maintain competence and promote professional growth.

Competency Assessment Modules (CAMs) – Piloting in 2020

The overarching concept of the CAMs is to provide meaningful learning in evolving areas of practice. Participating in the CAMs project offers the ideal way for Athletic Trainers to identify areas of need for self-actualized learning. It is also expected to enhance clinical practice, improve patient care and increase the current foundation of knowledge.

Quality Improvement (QI) – Piloting in 2020

QI is a core competency in the Institute of Medicine framework for education and clinical practice. QI is also the means of ensuring patients receive safe, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care. The structured evaluation of systems of health care delivery helps to identify a gap in knowledge and implements strategies for improvement.

What's Next:

We have recruited participants to pilot the CAMs and QI projects for CPC components and had an overwhelming response! We are planning to hit the ground running in 2020, so that our pilots can conclude mid-year, with results and learnings being gathered in time for future discussions. In addition, we will also be doing a soft launch of the PGA in early 2020. A pre-registration email on this will go out later this month. As we have previously shared, this work is part of a 10-year plan, and we do not anticipate rolling CPC out broadly until 2024 at the earliest.

For now, we want to thank the MOC Task Force who helped lead the charge on this important work. We also want to acknowledge and thank those volunteers who have agreed to be a part of the pilot programs for 2020. We will continue to communicate as this new framework progresses. ATs are on the move, and we are moving with them. We thank you for your commitment to lifelong learning and are excited to see this next chapter unfold.


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