CA Introduces AB1890 – Athletic Trainers’ Practice Act
California Introduces AB 1890, the “Athletic Trainers’ Practice Act.”
On February 19, 2014, the California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) with California Assembly member Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), introduced AB 1890, otherwise known as the “Athletic Trainers Practice Act.”
The bill would regulate athletic trainers and prohibit any person without the proper credentials from engaging in the practice of athletic training.
The bill is designed to be cost-neutral (meaning no cost would be passed onto taxpayers), with all fees associated with applications and renewals covering the costs of maintaining the bill. Essentially, athletic trainers will be paying for their own licensure.
AB 1890 would directly impact the safety of athletes and consumers by mandating specific requirements for licensure:
- Must have completed athletic trainer certification eligibility requirements from an athletic training education program at a four-year college or university approved by the Athletic Training Licensing Committee
- Must pass a comprehensive nationally accredited certification exam approved by the Athletic Training Licensing Committee
- Must possess an emergency cardiac care certification
- Pay application fees established by the Athletic Training Licensing Committee
The bill would also specify that a license expires in two years and is subject to renewal upon payment of a renewal fee and the completion of continuing education hours in order to keep athletic trainers’ knowledge and skills current.
Courtesy of CATA