General Information

The application asks you to select whether you are applying for an initial license by examination or reciprocity or reinstating or reapplying for a lapsed license. Use this table to decide.

IF you…

THEN apply by…

need to take the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) exam

Examination.

hold a current license in another jurisdiction (state, D.C. or U.S. territory)

Reciprocity.

already have BOC certification but do not hold a current license in another jurisdiction

Examination.

previously held a Delaware Athletic Trainer license and that license lapsed between one and five years ago

Reinstatement.

previously held a Delaware Athletic Trainer license and that license lapsed more than five years ago

Reapplication.

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Enclose processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript sent directly from the college or university to the Board office.
    • If you have recently graduated and a final degree is not yet available, arrange for the Board office to receive a letter from a school official stating that you have completed graduation requirements and the expected date of graduation. You must submit the official transcript showing the degree conferred and date as soon as it is available. No permanent license will be granted until the Board office receives the official transcript.
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a verification letter from the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) sent directly from BOC to the Board office.
    • To obtain a verification letter, see the BOC web site.
    • If you become certified after filing this application, arrange for the Board office to receive the verification when you become certified.
  • If you have ever held a license in another jurisdiction, arrange for the Board office to receive verification of licensure from each jurisdiction where you have ever held a license, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.
  • Enclose a copy of your current CPR certification card (front and back).
    • Online CPR courses are NOT accepted.

Additional Requirements for Temporary License by Examination

If you have not taken the BOC examination, you may also apply for a temporary license to work in Delaware while awaiting your exam scores and BOC certification.

  • You cannot apply for a temporary license without also applying for the permanent license by examination. Before applying for a temporary license, you must have a job and a supervising Physical Therapist or Athletic Trainer in Delaware.
  • Delaware temporary licenses are valid only for work in Delaware.
  • The Board office will issue your temporary license when it has received all required documentation other than verification of your BOC certification.
  • While under temporary licensure, you must practice under the direct supervision of a Delaware-licensed Physical Therapist or Athletic Trainer. Section 1.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations explains what direct supervision means.
  • The temporary license is issued for three months. The Board must approve any extension of the temporary license.
  • If you fail the BOC examination, the temporary license will expire immediately.

To apply for a temporary license by examination, the following requirements apply in addition to the requirements listed above.

  • Enclose the temporary license fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” This fee is in addition to the processing fee for the permanent license.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a letter directly from BOC stating that you are eligible to take the BOC examination. For BOC contact information, see the BOC web site.

Additional Requirement for Reciprocity

  • Enclose a copy of proof that you have completed two hours of training in ethics related to the practice of athletic training.

Additional Requirement for Reinstatement or Reapplication

If you previously held a Delaware license that is now lapsed, you may apply to reinstate it within five years of its expiration date. However, if it has been lapsed over five years, you must reapply for licensure. (See Section 11.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.) Whether reinstating or reapplying, the following is required in addition to the items in the Requirements for All Applicants section above.

Submit proof that you have completed 3.0 continuing education units (CEUs) during the previous 24 months. CEUs are explained in Section 13.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.