International Working Agreement
Work internationally by gaining membership with partnership organisations
Athletic Training, Therapy and Sport Rehabilitation International Agreement
The International Agreement was formed to enable members to work overseas within the founding Associations' countries. Members can apply to work abroad without needing to graduate in that country; applicants will be evaluated and take a certification exam set by the chosen association. The exam ensures each applicant reaches the standards of education required, this process was developed to ensure comparable best practices, quality education and professional standards.
The current credentialing organisations are ARTI (Ireland), BOC (USA) and CATA (Canada). BASRaT has provisional acceptance and is currently accumulating exam data. Details are provided below on how BASRaT members can apply to work overseas and how members of ARTI, BOC and CATA can apply to BASRaT.
- Education and Credentialing
- Becoming credentialed overseas for BASRaT members
- Becoming credentialed with BASRaT for members of ARTI, BOC and CATA
The International Arrangement (IA) for the professions of athletic training, athletic therapy and Sport Rehabilitation plays a key role in optimising care, injury prevention, rehabilitation and supporting the rights of patients and the public to achieve their potential to live well. The IA ensures comparable best practices, quality education and professional standards. The IA provides an opportunity for Athletic Trainers, Athletic Therapists and Sport Rehabilitators to be mobile on a global scale by creating a pathway to challenge each other's credentialing examination.
The current credentialing organisations are Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy (ARTI), in Ireland, Board of Certification (BOC) in the USA and Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) in Canada. Additionally, the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT) is in the process of accumulating exam data and as a result, has been granted provisional acceptance into the IA. Organisations that have met all criteria except the exam requirements may be granted provisional acceptance into the IA.
The four founding organisations established educational standards for the International Agreement.
Working in collaboration with International Consultants of Delaware (ICD), the organisations participated in an analysis of education and credentialing standards. These standards serve as a benchmark during the process of credentials evaluation conducted by ICD to ensure that entry-to-practice skills and competencies have been acquired by the applicant. This is done through a detailed analysis of academic courses, syllabi, continuing professional education, and other related activities that describe the applicant's cumulative knowledge, abilities, behaviour and expertise.
The outcome of the evaluation identified areas that are considered gaps in each country. The following high level area criteria may help you prepare for an IA organisation exam ensuring there are no gaps in your knowledge
Click on the organisation you are currently a member of:
Who Qualifies?Anyone certified or registered with an IA organisation (ARTI, BOC, CATA) qualifies and can submit an application to take the exam of another IA organisation. An announcement will be made once BASRaT gains full acceptance into the IA.
BASRaT members wishing to work overseas
Members of BASRaT will shortly be able to go through the process of applying to work overseas. A step by step guide on the first stages of this process is given below, alongside further information on the ICD Application, help on Education Standards needed for the exam and a prompt on Visa and work permits.
- Visit the organisation’s website of the country you wish to apply for, where you will find detailed instructions. ARTI BOC CATA
- Begin the application process for the organisation you wish to become credentialed with, you will sign up for provisional International membership.
- The IA organisation will direct you to the website of International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (ICD) to complete an evaluation. You then complete the ICD application (Tutorial).
- ICD will provide an evaluation report to the applicant and the International Arrangement organisation.
- The International Arrangement organisation will determine exam eligibility based on the evaluation report.
Click on the appropriate International Arrangement organisation below for details on how to challenge their exam:
Visit the BASRaT website for updates on their International Arrangement status
Once you are directed to ICD’s online portal, you will input information and provide documentation. You will be required to:
- Pay ICD an evaluation of credential administrative fee of $275 (USD)
- Submit 2 notarised identity documents (an additional cost for notarisation may be required) e.g. driving license, passport, marriage license.
- Provide official transcripts from your BASRaT accredited institution
- Submit a signed Education Form from the academic institution in which you graduated. The form will be available to download from the ICD application portal.
- Submit a signed Certification Form from BASRaT’s head office. The form will be available to download from the ICD application portal.
Once all requirements have been met, ICD will produce a report to the applicant’s intended IA partner. That IA partner will review the ICD report and will contact the applicant to discuss next steps.
Each IA partner may have additional requirements that need to be met prior to challenging their certification process. This requirement is at the discretion of each individual IA partner but will mostly surround educating applicants on country specific differences (e.g. scope of practice, health care system, insurance and liability coverage).
Once the IA partner contacts you about taking their exam, you are advised to ensure your knowledge is sufficient. As part of the IA process, a thorough review of educational standards was carried out and a number of areas were identified as gaps from each country. View this document which will help you ensure there are no gaps in your knowledge – this is given here.
Visas and Work Permits
Ensure you look into and secure work visa and immigration regulations. To find out more visit the relevant Government’s website.
BASRaT has provisional acceptance in the International Agreement and is currently accumulating exam data.
Once this process has been completed, full details of how to apply will be provided here.