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Georgia Board of Athletic Trainers


The Georgia Board of Athletic Trainers is a four-member board consisting of two athletic trainers, a practicing physician and one consumer member. The members are appointed by the Governor to provide consumer protection and public health and welfare through the regulation of the profession. The Board processes licensure applications and receives, investigates and adjudicates complaints issued against licensed athletic trainers.

            ***RENEW YOUR LICENSE TODAY***      

The license renewal process for Athletic Trainers is NOW LIVE; however, there are a few things each licensee will need to know for the upcoming 2016-2018 renewal cycle. You must complete the renewal application and all continuing education requirements well before June 30, 3016 in order to avoid delays in the processing of your renewal application.

Please be sure to read each question on the application carefully before entering a response! Your application will have to be reviewed by the Board if you indicate that you have failed to complete the continuing education requirements, are not a US Citizen, have been arrested and/or convicted of an offense or have been disciplined or sanctioned by any other state or regulatory Board.  You may also be required to submit the following:

·  A signed, detailed letter of explanation;

·  A certified copy of the final disposition (outcome) of your arrest case and/or a copy of the arrest incident report if the case has not yet gone to court for adjudication;

·  A certified copy of the action taken by the other state or regulatory Board;

·  Certificates of completion for all continuing education activities completed in the current biennium (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016); and/or

·  An affidavit of citizenship and current, unexpired secure and verifiable documents, if applicable.

In addition, it is strongly suggested that you apply for renewal prior to June 1, 2016 in order for your renewal application to be addressed by the Board prior to the expiration date of the license.

In the event you have supplied all of the required information to complete the renewal application prior to June 30, 2016 and your application requires additional review by the Board, the license will remain in “Active-Renewal Pending” status with the 06/30/2016 expiration date until the Board has rendered a decision on the application.  The license is not considered to be lapsed, inactive or invalid based on O.C.G.A. §50-13-18(b) which states the following:

(b) When a licensee has made timely and sufficient application for the renewal of a license or for a new license with reference to any activity of a continuing nature, the existing license does not expire until the application has been finally determined by the agency and, in case the application is denied or the terms of the new license limited, until the last day for seeking review of the agency order or at a later date fixed by order of the reviewing court.

What can you do to ensure that your license is renewed timely? 

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!  Now that the online and paper renewal applications are available, it is imperative that licensees quickly make application and submit all required renewal documentation before June 30, 2016 particularly if your circumstances fall within the categories noted above.  Any documents received/postmarked after that date, to include any continuing education documents submitted in response to your selection for audit, will no longer be valid for the initial renewal cycle.  The license will then enter the lapsed-late renewal period and the license status will be reflected as such. Should this occur, the licensee will be required to satisfy additional conditions in order to renew the license.


                                                      

As of January 1, 2014 Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated was amended to enact the “Return to Play Act of 2013” to include the requirement that public and private schools and public recreation leagues provide information to parents on the nature and risk of concussions, head injuries, endorse concussion recognition education courses and establish concussion management and return to play policies.  In addition, the amendment provides for definitions within the miscellaneous provisions under the “Quality Basic Education Act.”

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ATHLETIC TRAINERS?

The amendment defines ‘Health care provider’ as “a licensed physician or another licensed individual under the supervision of a licensed physician, such as a…certified athletic trainer who has received training in concussion evaluation and management.”  As a matter of public protection, the Georgia Board of Athletic Trainers encourages all licenses to become familiar with this statutory change and practice accordingly.






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