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Certified Athletic Trainer


Athletic training is the application of the principles and procedures for managing athletic injuries. This includes preconditioning, conditioning, and reconditioning activities.

Athletic trainers work under the supervision of licensed physicians to provide services to individuals who have suffered athletic injuries.

Licensure Requirements

Any use of the title "certified athletic trainer" within New York State requires licensure.

To be licensed as a certified athletic trainer in New York State you must:

  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements; and
  • meet examination requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 162, section 8355 of New York's Education Law and section 52.27 and subpart 79-7 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements

To meet the professional education requirement for licensure as a certified athletic trainer, you must present evidence of receiving either A, B or C below.

  1. A baccalaureate or higher degree from a program in athletic training that is registered by the New York State Education Department as licensure qualifying.
  2. A baccalaureate or higher degree from a program accredited by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHP), or the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
  3. OR

  4. A baccalaureate equivalent degree, or a higher degree in any major, and have completed as part of the degree program or in addition to it:
    1. 12 semester hours in the professional athletic training content area, which may include:
      1. kinesiology/biomechanics;
      2. exercise physiology;
      3. infection control;
      4. professionalism and ethics; and
      5. prevention and care of athletic injuries (i.e., preconditioning, conditioning, reconditioning, recognition, assessment, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
    2. 9 semester hours in the human biological and physical sciences and social and behavioral sciences content area, which may include:
      1. principles of human anatomy and physiology;
      2. neuroscience;
      3. nutrition;
      4. pharmacology;
      5. psychology and sports psychology; and 
      6. counseling, education, and communication skills.
    3. 1,500 clock hours of clinical or work experience in the practice of athletic training* supervised by:
      1. a New York State Certified Athletic Trainer, or
      2. a NATABOC certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).


Examination Requirements

To meet the examination requirements for licensure as a certified athletic trainer, you must obtain satisfactory scores on athletic training examinations acceptable to the State Education Department. The certification examination of the NATA Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) is an acceptable examination. If you have taken this examination, you must contact the BOC to request a "Certification Verification" be sent directly to the Office of the Professions. Certification verification requests must be made in writing or via the web at: For information on the examination, contact the BOC at:

National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification
4223 S. 143rd Circle
Athletic Training Unit
Omaha, Nebraska 68137-4505
Toll Free Number: (877) 262-3926
Phone: (402) 559-0091
Phone: (402) 561-0598

If you do not meet the requirements for the NATA Board of Certification examination, you should call the Office of the Professions' Athletic Training Unit at 518-474-3817 ext. 270 for information on being admitted to the examination of the State Athletic Trainers Examination Program.

Fees: (as of November 2, 2016)

The fee for licensure is $158.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2014, there were 205 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 243 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there were 2,105 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Athletic Training Unit
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd floor
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 1270

Standard Occupational Classification

29-9091.00 - Athletic Trainers
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information

The National Athletic Trainers' Association
1620 Valwood Parkway, Suite 115
Carrollton, TX 75006
Phone: (214) 637-6282
Fax: (214) 637-2206

Board of Certification, Inc.
1415 Harney Street, Suite 200
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
Phone: (402) 559-0091
Fax (402) 561-0598

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Fax: (727) 210-2354


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/9/16.

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