AT Strategic Alliance

The AT Strategic Alliance is a group of four leading organizations committed to the athletic training profession and to the delivery of quality health care to the public. The four member organizations are the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC), the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the NATA Research & Education Foundation (NATA Foundation). Each member of the Strategic Alliance serves a distinct group of stakeholders, yet all members have a shared interest in advancing the athletic training profession.

Mission: Through the collaborative efforts of membership, accreditation, credentialing and research of Athletic Training, the Strategic Alliance advances the Athletic Training profession by identifying and prioritizing current and future practices and initiatives impacting the profession of Athletic Training and its stakeholders worldwide.

Vision: The Strategic Alliance will promote worldwide growth, enhanced protection, strategic development and continued advancement of the Athletic Training profession.


The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession.





The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level Athletic Trainers (ATs). The BOC establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC Certified ATs. The BOC has the only accredited certification program for ATs in the US.



The CAATE is the agency responsible for the accreditation of more than 360 professional (entry-level) Athletic Training programs, 16 Post-Profesiona lDegree Programs and 2 Residencies. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Inc. (NATA), cooperate to sponsor the CAATE and to collaboratively develop the Standards for Entry-Level Athletic Training Educational Programs.