Certification Process

To become a certified member of ARTI and be authorised to use the title ‘Certified Athletic Therapist’ (CAT), applicants must graduate from an ARTI accredited programme and pass the ARTI certification exam. The certification exam consists of a theory examination and a score of 70% is required to be successful. As part of the certification process, the requirements to become certified are a relevant NFQ Level 8 from an ARTI accredited programme, up to date EFR and 500 clinical hours.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must meet the following educational and professional criteria in order to be eligible to sit the certification examination. These include:

  • Honors Degree (NFQ level 8) in a field related to Sports Medicine from an ARTI accredited 3rd level institution*
  • Emergency First Responder Certification (EFR) from the ‘Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council’ (PHECC) – or demonstrated equivalent. An in-date Cardiac First Responder Certification (CFR) is required for an EFR to be valid. More on EFR requirements here.

*ARTI accredited programmes are;

Once you are in the final semester of an ARTI accredited course, or have completed an ARTI accredited course, hold the relevant EFR Certification and have completed the minimum clinical hours, you are eligible to sit the exam. First, you must register here and then purchase the relevant exam here. For information on the certification examination date and times please click here.

Students in their final semester of an ARTI accredited programme are entitled to sit the ARTI certification examination. If this examination is passed successfully, certified membership status will be pending until demonstration of successful completion of the academic programme.

The International Arrangement provides an opportunity for BOC, CATA and BASRaT certified/registered Athletic Trainers, Athletic Therapists and Sports Rehabilitators to be mobile on a global scale and challenge the ARTI certification exam. For more details please see International.

The next ARTI certification exam will take place on the 7th of January 2023 in Dublin City University.

**To be eligible to register for the exam as a member, candidates must have paid ARTI membership fees for 2022/23.