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Education and Certification

CATA oversees the certification process of Certified Athletic Therapists across the country. In addition to completing a Bachelor’s degree, Athletic Therapists must complete the Athletic Therapy program at one of eight CATA-accredited institutions in Canada, including on-field and in-clinic practical training. Certification Candidates must hold a valid First Responder certificate and, after graduating, must successfully pass the National Certification Examination.And it doesn’t stop with certification. An Athletic Therapist must demonstrate they remain up-to-date with current trends and new research in the areas of rehabilitation, orthopedic assessment and emergency care. This is done through professional development, which is why AT’s are required to achieve 21 continuing education credits every three years and maintain a valid BLS in order to continue to be certified by CATA.Once certified, Candidates receive the title Certified Athletic Therapist, designated by the letters CAT(C).

Becoming a Certification Candidate

To become a Certification Candidate, an individual must:

  1. Be enrolled at a CATA accredited institution
  2. Hold a valid First Aid and BLS certificate, or CATA approved equivalent
  3. Complete the  Online Application for Certification Candidate Membership
  4. Anyone wishing to attempt the National Certification Exam must maintain their membership status with the CATA for a minimum of 2 years immediately preceding attempting the CATA NCE. 

 Becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist

To achieve the designation of Certified Athletic Therapist, CAT(C), a Certification Candidate must:

  1. Successfully complete a CATA accredited program and have earned a Bachelor’s degree
  2. Obtain a valid First Responder certificate, or CATA equivalent. First Responder certification is required to attempt the certification exam
  3. Maintain valid BLS certificate, or CATA approved equivalents
  4. Apply for and pass the National Certification Examination. Candidates must attempt the exam within two years of graduating from an accredited institution
  5. Maintain status with CATA and the Regional Chapter and adhere to the Scope of Practice, By-laws, and Codes of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  6. Successfully complete and pass the CATA National Certification Examination

The Board of Certification for Athletic Therapy creates and administers the NCE based on CATA’s Scope of Practice and Competencies in Athletic Therapy.  This process ensures that successful Certification Candidates have demonstrated basic competence in Athletic Therapy and ensures the safety and care of the public when providing athletic therapy services to Canadians.

Written Exam

The written exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. To pass, the certification candidate must achieve a score equal to or higher than the Minimal Passing Level (MPL) calculated for that particular examination.  The Competencies in Athletic Therapy

The Competencies in Athletic Therapy are divided into five domains:

  1. Prevention
  2. Assessment
  3. Intervention
  4. Practice Management
  5. Professional Responsibility

For further information, please visit: https://athletictherapy.org/en/becoming-an-athletic-therapist/education-and-certification/  or email our Continuing Education Director at coned@athletictherapybc.ca

Universities

The Camosun College BAET Program

Camosun College is the only CATA accredited academic institution in BC / Yukon. Camosun’s Bachelor of Athletic & Exercise Therapy is an intense, immersive program that combines classroom study with on-site experience. If you’re passionate about sport and fitness, dedicated to helping others, and up for a challenge, Athletic & Exercise Therapy could be your path to an exciting and fulfilling career. This unique program that combines athletic and exercise therapies will guide you into an exciting career where you will assess injuries and conditions, and prescribe and supervise rehabilitation programs. Learn more about Camosun’s BAET program

The Mount Royal University – Advanced Certificate Program

Mount Royal University in located in Calgary, Alberta. The Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy accepts applications to students who have already completed a degree in kinesiology, physical education, human kinetics, exercise science or equivalent. Learn more about Mount Royal’s Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy

Concordia University - Athletic Therapy (BSc)

Sheridan College - Bachelor of Athletic Therapy

York University - Athletic Therapy Certificate

University of Manitoba - Athletic Therapy (B.Kin)

University of Winnipeg - Athletic Therapy (BSc)

Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres - Baccalaureat en Kinesiologie