CATA/BOC/ARTI Mutual Recognition Arrangement

In 2014, Athletic Therapy Rehabilitation Ireland (ARTI) joined the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) and the Board of Certification (BOC) in a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). The agreement allows CATA Certified Athletic Therapists; BOC Certified Athletic Trainers; and ARTI Certified Athletic and Rehabilitation 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 and Rehabilitation 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), Certified Athletic Therapists (CAT(C) and Certified Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapists (ARTC) to assist with the process involved in the CATA/BOC/ARTI Mutual Recognition Agreement.

Information for Certified Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapist (ARTC)

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

1. be certified and current member of ARTI*

*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)

2. must demonstrate the appropriate emergency care certification. This typically consists of a cardiac and emergency first responder certificate (or equivalent). Please see document below outlining the content requirements of the emergency care course.

 Requirements for approved ARTI first responder courses

3. not be subject to disciplinary actions.

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 (

For instructions on how to complete the CATA exam application as an ARTI Certified Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapist, see CATA certification process.

If you have any questions concerning this process please contact the CATA National Office, the BOC or ARTI.

Mutual Recognition information for CATA Certified Athletic Therapists CATA(c) or a BOC certified Athletic Trainers (ATC)

For instructions on how to complete the ARTI exam application as a CATA Certified Athletic Therapist CATA(c) or a BOC certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), see  ARTI certification.
1. How do I qualify to write the ARTI exam as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer or CATA certified Athletic Therapist?

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 or the CATA as a CAT(c). 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.

2. Do I need to have graduated from an accredited degree granting program or does the previous internship programs qualify?

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.

3. Do I need to be a member of the ARTI before I apply to do the exam? What are the fees?

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

4. Is there a timeline during which time I must write the exam once I become a member?

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

5. Is there a limit on the number of times I can attempt the exam?

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

6. Where and when can I write the exams?

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.

7. Can I write the written exam in my home state?

Currently, this option is not available.

8. Am I automatically allowed to work in Ireland once I become an Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapist Certified (ARTC)?

Becoming an Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapist Certified (ARTC) 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.

9. Where can I go to get an application to do the ARTI certification exam?

ARTI certification process.

10. Once I am certified how do I maintain my certification in different countries at the same time?

You would be required to fulfill the maintenance requirements of the CATA in order to remain in good standing. Some if not all of your credits could be applied to more than one association simultaneously.

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