As of July 1, 2008 athletic trainers are required to obtain a license from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to legally practice in Washington state.  Licensed athletic trainers are regulated by the scope of practice set forth in Washington statute RCW 18.250 .  Licensure must be maintained annually through the DOH on the applicant’s birth date and continuing education requirements must be maintained per rule WAC 246-916-060 which are consistent with current BOC requirements.

Athletic trainers are assigned a Program Manager by the DOH who acts as a contact for athletic trainers and is also responsible for coordinating regular meetings with the Athletic Training Advisory Committee which is made up of four practicing athletic trainers and a public member.  The Athletic Training Advisory Committee meets at least two times a year to discuss any issues related to the practice act including practice act regulation, DOH policies and procedures, legislative updates and anything related to the practice of athletic training.

As a part of the initial licensure application health care professionals, including athletic trainers, are required to obtain 7 hours of HIV/AIDS education and verification.  WSATA offers an online course that satisfies this requirement and is also approved for 4 BOC CEUs.  The DOH HIV/AIDS education course can be found here. Instructions for completing the WSATA HIV/AIDS Education Test and to obtain your certificate of completion can be found here – WSATA HIV/AIDS.

You can find answers to FAQs related to the athletic training practice act here.