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

The next ARTI exam will be Saturday the 16th of January 2021. The theory exam will likely be held online again, starting at 10am. Candidates will be asked to sign in for the exam at 9:30am. While the practical exam would ideally be held in person at DCU, AIT or Carlow IT (TBC), the contingency would be to host the exam live on zoom if restrictions do not permit an in-person exam.

Once again we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you have any further questions in relation to the exam, please contact Sinead, Certification Chairperson using the contact form below.

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



ARTI Scope of Practice

ARTI Code of Ethics