Athletic Trainers Continuing Education

also see Athletic Trainers Continuing Education FAQs

After October 3, 2016, the requirements will remain similar, but some changes have been made to the rules for the renewal of an athletic trainer license. DSHS limited the amount of online education that could be used for license renewal to 8 hours. TDLR rules have removed the limit to online education by allowing unlimited online continuing education hours. To renew an athletic trainer license, a licensee must complete the following:

  1. 40 clock-hours of continuing education
  2. 2 clock-hours of training in concussion management
  3. Current Emergency Cardiac Care certification from the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers/Professional Rescuers at the Healthcare Provider level or beyond

Continuing education courses completed with a national, regional or state health care professional association or an accredited college or university are accepted. Academic and clinical courses that are not provided by a national, regional or state health care professional association or an accredited college or university must first obtain approval from the Department in order to be accepted and the course must be related to athletic training or sports medicine.

The licensee is responsible for maintaining a record of his or her continuing education experiences or certificates. If a licensee is selected for audit, then the licensee will be notified and records will be required to be submitted to the Department.

Athletic Trainers Continuing Education FAQs

  1. Will the continuing education requirements for the renewal of my athletic trainer license change after October 3, 2016?
  2. How many hours of continuing education are required for the renewal of my athletic trainer license?
  3. What type of courses will be acceptable for credit as continuing education?
  4. How does the audit process work for continuing education?

1. Will the continuing education requirements for the renewal of my athletic trainer license change after October 3, 2016?

Most of the requirements will remain similar, but some changes have been made to the rules. DSHS limited the amount of online education that could be used for license renewal to 8 hours. TDLR rules have removed the limit to online education by allowing unlimited online continuing education hours.

2. How many hours of continuing education are required for the renewal of my athletic trainer license?

Athletic trainers are required to complete 40 clock-hours of continuing education during each 2-year license period. The 40 clock-hours must include 2 clock-hours of training in concussion management. Additional requirements include proof of current Emergency Cardiac Care certification at the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers/Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers level or beyond.

3. What type of courses will be acceptable for credit as continuing education?

Continuing Education courses will be accepted if completed with a national, regional or state health care professional association.

4. How does the audit process work for continuing education?

The Department shall select a random sample of license holders for each renewal month. If selected for an audit, the licensee will be notified when they receive their renewal notice. The licensee will be required to submit copies of certificates, transcripts or other documentation to verify the licensee's attendance, participation and completion of continuing education requirements. Licenses will not be renewed until continuing education requirements have been met.