Requirements for Athletic Trainers by State

at a snapshot 

 

 To become a certified athletic trainer, the majority of the United States requires similar prerequisites but specific requirements do vary from state-to-state. The guide below provides each states requirements at a glance, but we also urge that you look in-depth into your states regulations as well.

ALABAMA

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
  • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

Liability Insurance

  • Recommended

Renewal

  • All licenses expire on December 31 of every year and the deadline for submitting applications for renewal is November 30

Regulatory State Board

ALASKA 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required

  • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

  • Hold a current certification in Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC)

Liability Insurance

  • Required

Renewal

  • All licenses must be renewed biennially on or before August 31 of odd-numbered years

Regulatory State Board

ARIZONA

Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
  • Must pass a national exam approved by the board within one year before the date of the application

Liability Insurance

  • Required

Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed on an annual basis

Regulatory State Board

ARKANSAS 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
  • Must meet other curriculum and internship requirements as required by the certifying testing agency
  • Must pass board-approved qualifying exam

Liability Insurance

  • Required

Renewal

  • Licenses are valid from July 1 to June 30 of the following year and must be renewed annually

Regulatory State Board

CALIFORNIA

There are no regulations mandating education and certification requirements for becoming an athletic trainer, meaning that anyone can call themselves an athletic trainer and practice in the state.

    COLORADO 

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • Licenses must be renewed on an annual basis

    Regulatory State Board

    CONNECTICUT

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited institution of higher education 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • Licenses must be renewed on an annual basis 

    Regulatory State Board

    DELAWARE

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on January 31 of odd-numbered years
    • Must complete 3 hours of continuing education over the 24-month period

    Regulatory State Board

    FLORIDA

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam
    • Has current certification in both cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire biannually
    • Must complete 24 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    GEORGIA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on June 30 of even-numbered years
    • Must complete 40 hours of continuing education
      • However, those who received their Georgia license within one year of the renewal date shall not be required to meet the continuing education requirements for that initial renewal period ONLY

    Regulatory State Board

    HAWAII

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • All licenses must be renewed by June 30 every three years regardless of license date (2019, 2022, 2025)

    State Board

    IDAHO

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that meets the minimum athletic training requirement as established by the state board
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • Depending on the application, licenses must be renewed every 1-5 years

    Regulatory State Board

    ILLINOIS

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Must complete 800 hours of clinical experience
    • Must be certified by NATA
    • Must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
    • Athletic Trainers who teach in high schools must have a state teaching certificate

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on May 31 of even-numbered years and may be renewed during the month preceding the expiration
    • Must complete 40 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    INDIANA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that meets the minimum athletic training requirement as established by the state board
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam 
    • Has current certification in both cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on May 31 of even-numbered years
    • Must complete 40 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    IOWA

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited institution of high education 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on February 28 of odd-numbered years
      • Paperwork needs to be sent for license renewal by December 31 
    • Must complete 50 hours of continuing education for every 24-month period

    Regulatory State Board

    KANSAS

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that meets the minimum athletic training requirement as established by the state board
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on December 31
    • Must complete 20 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    KENTUCKY

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • Licenses are on a three-year cycle (next one ends June 30, 2021) and must be renewed at the end of the cycle regardless of when obtained
    • Must complete 10 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    LOUISIANA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that meets the minimum athletic training requirement as established by the state board
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on June 30

    Regulatory State Board

    MAINE

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on August 31

    Regulatory State Board

    MARYLAND

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • Licenses expire on September 30 of odd-numbered years

    Regulatory State Board

    MASSACHUSETTS

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on each applicants birthdate of even-numbered years

    Regulatory State Board

    MICHIGAN

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam
    • Have an active CPR certification
    • Minimum one-hour of first aid training
    • Complete training in identification of human trafficking

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • Licenses expire every three years
    • First aid and CPR training certifications must be valid

    Regulatory State Board

    MINNESOTA

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire every year on July 1 

    Regulatory State Board

    MISSISSIPPI

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • Licenses expire every year on December 31
    • Must complete 50 hours of continuing education every two years

    Regulatory State Board

    MISSOURI

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam
    • Must be a resident of Missouri or be establishing residency

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire every year on January 30 

    Regulatory State Board

    MONTANA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • Licenses expire every year on August 31

    Regulatory State Board

    NEBRASKA

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Those who served in the military who have completed education or training that is substantially similar to the education required may submit an application
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on May 1 of every odd-numbered year
    • Must complete 25 hours of continuing education
    • Must have an active CPR certificate

    Regulatory State Board

    NEVADA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • Licenses expire every year on June 30

    Regulatory State Board

    NEW HAMPSHIRE

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on December 31 of even-numbered years

    Regulatory State Board

    NEW JERSEY

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • Licenses expire every two years on January 31
    • Must complete 24 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    NEW MEXICO

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Has current certification in both cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on August 31
    • Must maintain CPR/AED certification
    • Must complete 75 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    NEW YORK

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • Licenses expire every three years

    Regulatory State Board

    NORTH CAROLINA

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on select dates in January
    • Must complete 75 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    NORTH DAKOTA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • Licenses expire every year on June 13
    • Must complete 80 hours of continuing education every three years 

    Regulatory State Board

    OHIO

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Supervised clinical experience
    • Achieve a minimum score of 90% on the Ohio athletic trainers jurisprudence exam
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses must be renewed by September 13 of even-numbered years
    • Must complete 75 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    OKLAHOMA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • Licenses must be renewed every year from initial license date

    Regulatory State Board

    OREGON

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Those who served in the military who have completed education or training that is substantially similar to the education required may submit an application
    • Has current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • Licenses must be renewed every year from initial license date
    • Must complete 10 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    PENNSYLVANIA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on December 31 of even-numbered years
    • Must meet the required continuing education required by the BOC

    Regulatory State Board

    RHODE ISLAND

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Must complete clinical experience (internship)
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on December 31 of even-numbered years
    • Must meet required continuing education required by the BOC

    Regulatory State Board

    SOUTH CAROLINA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire every two years
    • Must complete two courses during two year period, courses are stated by the state’s regulatory board

    Regulatory State Board

    SOUTH DAKOTA

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire every year on July 1 regardless of initial license date
    • Must complete 25 hours of continuing education or possess an active BOC certification

    Regulatory State Board

    TENNESSEE

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Minimum score of 75% on the administered jurisprudence exam
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire every two years on the last day of the license holder’s birth month
    • Must complete 50 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    TEXAS

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Must complete a minimum of 1,800 hours in an apprenticeship
    • Must successfully complete the jurisprudence exam no more than six months prior to applying
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire two years from the initial date of issuance
    • Must obtain 40 hours of continuing education
    • Must show proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care certification at the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers/Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers level or beyond

    Regulatory State Board

    UTAH

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on May 31 of odd-numbered years

    Regulatory State Board

    VERMONT

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on September 30 of even-numbered years

    Regulatory State Board

    VIRGINIA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire every two years during odd-numbered years on the last day of the license holder’s birth month

    Regulatory State Board

    WASHINGTON

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Must complete seven hours of AIDS education
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire every two years
    • Must complete 50 hours of continuing education OR possess a current BOC
    • Must obtain 10 hours of evidence-based practice

    Regulatory State Board

    WEST VIRGINIA

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire every two years on June 30
    • Must complete 50 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    WISCONSIN

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required
    • Has current certification in both cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Required

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire every two years on June 30 of even-numbered years
    • Must have liability insurance coverage with a minimum of $1M per occurrence 
    • Must obtain 30 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board

    WYOMING

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program is required 
    • Pass the Board of Certification (BOC) exam

    Liability Insurance

    • Recommended

    Renewal

    • All licenses expire on September 30 of the years following the initial year of issue
    • Must complete 50 hours of continuing education

    Regulatory State Board