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Becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist

The certification process in becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist is governed by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association and is one of the most stringent in the Canadian health care system.  An overview of the certification process can be found on their website.

To achieve the designation of Certified Athletic Therapist, CAT(C), a Certification Candidate must:

  • Successfully complete a CATA accredited program and have earned a Bachelor’s degree
  • Obtain a valid First Responder certificate, or CATA equivalent. First Responder certification is required to attempt the certification exam
  • Hold a valid First Aid and BLS Certificate and Standard First Aid certificates, or CATA approved equivalents
  • Apply for and pass the National Certification Examination. Candidates must attempt the exam within two years of graduating from an accredited institution
  • Maintain status with CATA and the Regional Chapter and adhere to the Scope of Practice, By-laws, and Codes of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • CATA National Certification Examination

The Board of Certification for Athletic Therapy creates and administers the NCE based on CATA’s Scope of Practice and Competencies in Athletic Therapy. This process ensures that successful Certification Candidates have demonstrated basic competence in Athletic Therapy and ensures the safety and care of the public when providing athletic therapy services to Canadians.

CATA Accredited Institution in Alberta

Mount Royal University
Dr. Mark Lafave
4825 Richard Rd SW
Calgary, AB T3E 6K6
Tel. 403.440.6500