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 august examination has been postponed until october 2020 and will be reviewed again closer to the time.

This decision has been made as a result of being unable to secure a host site for the exam due to COVID-19 restrictions. Anyone who has registered to sit the August exam will have their place reverted to October 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. Once again we apologise for any inconvenience caused and we are doing our best to secure a location on an appropriate date.

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



ARTI Scope of Practice

ARTI Code of Ethics