The BOC Standards of Professional Practice is reviewed by
the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) Standards Committee
and recommendations are provided to the BOC Board of
Directors. The BOC Standards Committee is comprised of five
Athletic Trainer members and one Public member. The BOC
Board of Directors approves the final document. The BOC
Board of Directors includes six Athletic Trainer Directors, one
Physician Director, one Public Director and one Corporate/
The BOC certifies Athletic Trainers (ATs) and provides
exceptional credentialing programs that support the protection
of the public. An AT is a healthcare professional who renders
service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration
with a physician, in accordance with their education and
training and the states’ statutes, rules and regulations. As
a part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs
comprise, but are not limited to, prevention and education,
emergent care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and
rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
The BOC is the only accredited certification program for ATs
in the United States. Every five years, the BOC must undergo
review and re-accreditation by the National Commission for
Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA is the accreditation
body of the Institute of Credentialing Excellence.
The BOC Standards of Professional Practice consists of two
I. Practice Standards
II. Code of Professional Responsibility
I. PRACTICE STANDARDS
The primary purpose of the Practice Standards is to establish
essential duties and obligations imposed by virtue of holding
the ATC® credential. Compliance with the Practice Standards
The BOC does not express an opinion on the competence or
warrant job performance of credential holders; however, every
Athletic Trainer and applicant must agree to comply with the
Practice Standards at all times.
Standard 1: Direction
The Athletic Trainer renders service or treatment under the
direction of, or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance
with their training and the state’s statutes, rules and regulations.
Standard 2: Prevention
The Athletic Trainer implements measures to prevent and/or
mitigate injury, illness and long term disability.