International Certification


A. CATA members going international

International Arrangement Information:

The CATA is pleased to announce that effective August 3rd , 2021, we have officially entered into a new International Arrangement (IA) with Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI), British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT) and the Board Of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC). This IA replaces the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). The IA will allow certified CATA members to attempt partner Athletic Training and Therapy certification exams; without graduating from one of their accredited institutions. This process was developed to ensure comparable best practices, quality education, professional standards and the opportunity for CATA members to be more mobile between partner countries. IA partners have developed this process with the recognition that organizational autonomy is vital to its success.

With the IA, new processes and fees have been negotiated with all IA partners for successful implementation. To ensure success of this process the IA partners worked with International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (ICD), a division of CGFNS International Inc. CGFNS has been the world’s largest credentials evaluation organization for the nursing and allied health professionals since 1977.

ICD is a charter member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) that is a globally recognized expert in credentials evaluation for education, employment, immigration, licensure and certification. Together, ICD worked to align CATA with all IA partners’ national credentialing standards. This process aimed to ensure validity, reliability, consistency, accuracy, fairness and legal defensibility across all education and certification processes.

CATA member applying to an IA partner:

For CATA member applicants wishing to obtain certification from an IA partner (e.g. BOC, ARTI or BASRaT), they will need to become a member of that association first. Each IA partner will have a membership fee. For more information regarding each IA partners application process, visit the website of the organization you would like to be credentialed:

After a CATA member becomes a member of an IA partners organization, they will then be directed to ICD’s online portal to input information and collect documentation. CATA members will be required to:

  • Pay ICD an evaluation of credential administrative fee of $275 (USD).
  • Submit 2 notarized identity documents (an additional cost for notarization may be required) e.g. drivers license, passport, marriage license.
  • Provide official transcripts from your post-secondary CATA accredited institution; and
  • Submit a signed Education Form from the registrar of the academic institution in which you graduated. The form will be available to download from the ICD application portal.
  • Submit a signed Certification Form from the CATA’s head office. The form will be available to download from the ICD application portal.

Once all requirements have been met, ICD will produce a report to the applicant’s intended IA partner. That IA partner will review the ICD report and will contact applicant to discuss next steps.

Each IA partner may have additional requirements that need to be met prior to challenging their certification process. This requirement is at the discretion of each individual IA partner but will mostly surround educating applicants on country specific differences (e.g. scope of practice, health care system, insurance and liability coverage). If you require assistance or have any questions, please contact the International Relations Committee at irc_chair@athletictherapy.org.

International Toolkit

Are you thinking about going international?

The CATA International Relations Committee has prepared the following Toolkit to help CATA certified athletic therapists who are considering studying, volunteering, or working internationally. The tips, information, guidelines, and processes outlined in this toolkit are based on best practices and policies as suggested by international organizations and institutions.

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B. International members coming to CATA

International Tool kit

Are you thinking about coming to Canada?

The CATA International Relations Committee has prepared the following Toolkit to help athletic therapists, athletic trainers, and sport rehabilitators who are considering studying, volunteering, or working in Canada. The tips, information, guidelines, and processes outlined in this toolkit are based on best practices and policies as suggested by Canadian organizations and institutions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. How do I qualify to write the CATA National Certification Exam as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer, an ARTI Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist or a BASRaT Sport Rehabilitator?

Currently, in order to attempt the CATA exam, you must be in good standing with the BOC, ARTI or BASRaT, and then apply to CATA to become a Temporary International Candidate (TIC). Additionally, you are required to carry a valid First Responder (or equivalent) certification through a nationally based provider (such as the American Red Cross) which, at the time of the exam application, has an expiry date that is after the date of the examination. For a list of approved courses, please refer to the Exam Handbook - link below. Please note: the CATA Exam handbook in being revised based on a new exam process for the November exam. We appreciate your patience as we continue with the development of the National Certification Exam. The estimated timeframe for completion of the updated National Certification Handbook is August 14th, 2021.

CATA Handbook - First Responder Certification

Once you become a TIC with the CATA, you will be directed to the International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (ICD) website to complete an application with them. When your application has been completed with ICD, a report will be issued to the CATA where they will determine if you are eligible to take the CATA exam.

2. What do I need to do before attempting the CATA exam?

Candidates are required to have a First Responder certification before writing the CATA exam. A regular CPR/AED certification does not meet this requirement. It is recommended that candidates check to see where a First Responder course is available near them as they are not frequently offered and not as accessible as a regular CPR class. Please note that not all First Responder courses are considered equivalent. Also, the First Responder course must be completed before the candidate is allowed to apply for the exam. Please refer to the First Responder information document for a list of the minimum competencies for a course to be accepted if it is not already listed in the Exam Handbook.

It is also suggested that you read the TIC’s GAP information document that will be provided to you once you have been accepted by the CATA to attempt the CATA exam.

3. Do I need to have graduated from an accredited degree granting program or do previous internship programs qualify?

Candidates need to be a Certified Athletic Trainer (USA), Certified Athletic Therapist (Ireland) or a Sport Rehabilitator (BASRaT), in good standing, in order to join the CATA as a Temporary International Candidate. They will not be able to join until they are fully certified. Candidates who are currently taking a certification exam in another country or waiting for results will not be accepted.

4. Do I need to be a member of the CATA before I apply to ICD?

Yes, you must complete a CATA Temporary International Membership form and pay a $50.00 no refundable registration fee before you can apply to ICD. Here is the link to the CATA Temporary International Membership Application.

5. When do I apply to do the CATA exam? What are the fees?

Once your report has been received from ICD, the CATA will determine if you are eligible to take the CATA exam. If accepted, there will be a CATA membership fee that is prorated per month left in the calendar year, then you will be able to apply to take the CATA exam. See the cost to attempt the CATA exam.

6. Is there a timeline during which I must write the exam once I become a member?

Yes, there is a timeline for certification. You have one year to attempt the exam after being accepted from the ICD report that you are an official TIC member of the CATA.

7. Is there a limit on the number of times I can attempt the exam?

There are no limits to the number of times you can attempt certification, however you must re-attempt any failed exam within two (2) years. CATA recommends that TICs contact the International Certification Candidate Liaison (internationalcandidateliaison@athletictherapy.org) for guidance prior to attempting the CATA exam.

8. Where and when can I write the exams?

Currently, the National Certification Exams are held twice per year, in June and November. The CATA Exam will be available in Computer Based Examination format for the upcoming November 13th, 2021, exam. We appreciate your patience as we continue with the development of the NCE. The National Certification Examination Handbook will contain all the necessary information for online proctoring and test centers, including system requirements, registration process, exam day expectations and exam support. The estimated timeframe for completion of the updated National Certification Handbook is August 14th, 2021. See the exam dates, application deadlines, and locations.

9. Can I write the written exam in my home country?

Starting in November 2021, the National Certification Examination will be available in Computer Based Examination format; therefore, there will be an ability to write the exam domestically or internationally.

10. What is the exam format like?

The written examination is 200 multiple choice questions and written in one (1) three hour block.

11. What is the best way to prepare/study for the exam?

It is recommended that you thoroughly read the CATA Exam Handbook as well as seek guidance from the International Certification Candidate Liaison prior to attempting the CATA exam. There are no specific CATA exam preparation textbooks. Please contact the International Candidate Liaison at internationalcandidateliaison@athletictherapy.org if you have any questions.

12. Am I automatically allowed to work in Canada once I become certified with the CATA?

Certification with the CATA does not infer any legal status or eligibility to work in Canada. If you are not a Canadian citizen, please refer to the government of Canada websites for more information about visas and immigration regulations. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, your certification status permits you the same status as any other voting member of the CATA.

13. Where do I find an application to become a CATA member?

Follow this link for the membership application: CATA Temporary International Membership Application

14. Once I am certified how do I maintain my certification in both countries at the same time?

In Canada, you are required to fulfill CATA’s Maintenance of Certification requirements which include, among other things, obtaining 21 continuing education units (CEUs) every three years. Certification maintenance is a three-year cycle. Some of your CEUs could be applied to more than one association simultaneously. CEU’s can be obtained by completing a variety of educational activities, such as: professional development courses (face-to-face, online, hybrid courses, etc.), committee work, post-secondary courses, graduate studies, specific volunteer work, etc.