Athletic Trainers Frequently Asked Questions

Transition from DSHS to TDLR

1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Athletic Trainers program-including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement-on October 3, 2016.

2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now-issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)-remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.

3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on October 1, 2016. View the rule changes and links to the TDLR rules

4. Have continuing education requirements for the renewal of my athletic trainer license changed?
Most of the requirements 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.

5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?

You have several options to stay connected:

  • Email updates - Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.
  • Meetings - TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.
  • Facebook and Twitter - TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.

6. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which transferred several licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR.


1. What does a licensed athletic trainer do?
A licensed athletic trainer practices a form of health care that includes preventing, recognizing, assessing, managing, treating, disposing of, and reconditioning athletic injuries. An athlete is a person who participates in an organized sport or sport-related exercise or activity. A licensed athletic trainer practices under the direction of a licensed physician.

Before games and sporting events, a licensed athletic trainer carries out injury prevention measures (such as the application of protective devices) to minimize the risk of injury during play. When an athlete is injured, a licensed athletic trainer provides emergency care and/or refers the athlete to a physician or hospital if necessary. When an injured athlete needs rehabilitation before they can return to play, a licensed athletic trainer sets up or carries out the rehabilitation plan.

2. Where do licensed athletic trainers work?
Athletic training services may be provided in any setting. These settings include, but are not limited to, high schools, colleges or universities, professional or amateur athletic organizations, athletic facilities, and health care facilities. Licensed athletic trainers provide health care services under the direction of the treating physician.

Filing a Complaint

1. How soon do I have to file a complaint?
You must file a complaint within two years of the event described in the complaint. TDLR will not accept complaints filed after two years unless you can show good cause for late filing to TDLR’s Executive Director.

2. I don’t want the licensee to know I filed a complaint. May I file a complaint anonymously?
Yes, TDLR accepts anonymous complaints. To file anonymously, be sure to leave the “Complaining Party” space blank on the complaint form. Keep in mind, if you file anonymously, you will not receive updates from TDLR on the status of your complaint and you will not be able to provide any additional information TDLR may need.

3. Does TDLR open and investigate every complaint received?
No. If the information you provide in your complaint does not contain enough information for TDLR to determine that a violation may have occurred, TDLR will first seek additional information from you (if you did not file anonymously). If TDLR does not receive enough information following that request, your complaint may not be opened for investigation.

4. What happens after I file my complaint?
Please see our Complaint Investigation and Resolution page for a detailed explanation of the complaint process.

5. What is the status of a complaint I filed?
TDLR will mail you quarterly notices and will inform you of the resolution of your complaint. Please keep your address and phone number updated with TDLR.

6. How do I know if disciplinary action was taken against a licensee or an unlicensed person or business?
If a complaint results in disciplinary action taken by TDLR, it will be posted in our Administrative Orders Search for three years following the signed order.