Mutual Recognition Agreement

Athletic Therapy Rehabilitation Ireland (ARTI) and the Board of Certification (BOC) joined in a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). The agreement allows BOC Certified Athletic Trainers; and ARTI Certified Athletic Therapists the opportunity to write/take each other’s certification exams, thereby removing barriers for certified professionals to possibly obtain employment in another jurisdiction.Whereas the MRA affords certified professionals the opportunity to work in another jurisdiction, it does not infer work visa or immigration rights to the successful candidate. It is the responsibility of each candidate to apply for and acquire the correct immigration and work visa documents in order to seek employment in another jurisdiction.

For further information regarding Irish Immigration regulations, please go to:

1. visas

2. work permits

For further information on the professsion of Athletic Therapy in Ireland,  (job market, regulation etc), please read “About Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy”.

The information below is provided as service to Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC),  and Certified Athletic Therapists (CAT) to assist with the process involved in the BOC/ARTI Mutual Recognition Agreement.

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Mutual Recognition information for a BOC Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC)

For instructions on how to complete the ARTI exam application as a BOC certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), see  ARTI certification.

Information for Certified Athletic Therapists (CAT)

In order to qualify as a candidate for the BOC certification exams, a Certified Athletic Therapist’s certification and good standing must be confirmed on the BOC exam application by an official from ARTI. In order to be in good standing the CAT must:

*Final year students who have successfully passed the ARTI certification examination and are yet to complete their ARTI accredited programme are entitled to apply for and sit the BOC certification examination. Candidates will only be fully certified when they pass the certification examination and demonstrate full, certified membership of ARTI (i.e. that successful completion of the ARTI accredited programme has been demonstrated to ARTI)

For instructions on how to complete the BOC exam application as an ARTI Certified Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapist, see Easy Steps for Online Exam Application Approval on the BOC’s website (

If you have any questions concerning this process please contact the BOC or ARTI.

Mutual Recognition Agreement FAQs

Currently, in order to attempt the ARTI Certification Exams as an International Candidate, you must be in good standing with the BOC as an ATC. Additionally, you are required to carry valid First Responder (or equivalent) certification at the time of application that has an expiry date past the date of the examination through a nationally based provider.

The previous NATA internship program does not qualify for this mutual recognition agreement unless you are also a member in good standing with the BOC.

Yes you must be a member of ARTI before you can attempt certification. See ARTI certification process.

Yes there is a timeline for certification. You have one year to attempt the exam after being accepted as a member of ARTI.

No there are no limits to the number of times you can attempt certification.

Currently, the ARTI Certification Exams are held twice per year. The exam schedule, including location, exam dates and application deadline dates, will be posted on the ARTI website.

Currently, this option is not available.

Becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT) does not have any legal status as per your eligibility to work in Ireland if you are not an Irish or EU citizen. For more details please regarding visas please see visas and for more information regarding employment permits, please see work permits.

ARTI certification process.

Please contact the BOC or ARTI for further information.

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