Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Certification & Exams

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 both a theory and a practical section and 70% is required in both sections to be successful.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must meet certain 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 (from the ‘Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council’ (PHECC) – www.phecc.ie) or equivalent.

The ARTI accredited programmes are;

  1. BSc. in Sport Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy, Institute of Technology, Carlow
  2. BSc. in Athletic Therapy and Training, Dublin City University
  3. BSc. in Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy, Athlone Institute of Technology.

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 is pending demonstration of successful completion of the academic programme.

BOC Certified Athletic Trainers and CATA Certified Athletic Therapists may apply to undertake the ARTI certification examination as part of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement. For more details please see MRA candidates.

For information on the requirements to sit the certification examination, the certification examination itself, or general queries about the certification process, please click here.

Examination Dates

Due to COVID-19 the June examination has been postponed until August 21st and will be reviewed again closer to the time.

This decision has been made due to the uncertainty posed by COVID-19, and our responsibility to those who have registered for the exam. Anyone who has registered to sit the June exam will have their place reverted to August at no extra cost. We will continue to review the situation on an ongoing basis and inform those who have registered of any changes via email.

The next date for the certification examinations is:

Friday, 21st August 2020. This will be hosted in Dublin City University. Arrive for 9.30am. Theory exam will commence at 10.00am, with the practical commencing at 12.30pm.
In order to sit this examination, you must register by Friday, 7th August 2020 at 5 pm.

For more details on the certification examination processes and resources, please see the links below.



ARTI Scope of Practice

ARTI Code of Ethics