Frequently asked questions about the AEMA Certification and earning CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

To be eligible to sit for the AEMA Certification Exam, a candidate must:

  • be a member in good standing;
  • be 21 years of age; and be one of the following:
    • a four year college graduate with two years non-student employment in the profession,
    • or a four year college graduate with 1400 hours documented student employment.
Certification candidates who meet the requirements are given a test at the AEMA National Convention in June of each year or at the satellite location in Raleigh, NC at a date that is named annually.

  • Employment Verification A letter verifying employment for each school/organization worked for. This letter must be from either the Personnel office or the Athletic Director. Each letter should clearly state the type of employment and the beginning/ending dates of employment. Each letter must be on official letterhead or have a stamp/seal for the school/organization. You need to document 2 years of paid non-student experience if you have a College degree, or 5 years of paid non student experience if you have a High School degree OR Student managers experience (1400 Hours) must also be submitted on AEMA Student Manager Time Logs. Time logs must be completely filled out and signed by the supervisor.
  • Proof of Age (photo copy of birth certificate or driver’s license)
  • Proof of Education (photo copy of High School, GED or College diploma)
  • You must be an active member in the AEMA, with all dues paid.
  • Pay Registration Fee $250.00 (includes Certification Manual) postmarked before April 1 OR $300.00 (includes Certification Manual) postmarked April 2-May 1. After May 1 all applications will be returned. In the event that you have already purchased the certification manual please deduct $35.00 from your total. MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO: AEMA

To build validity into the certification program the AEMA contracted with the Columbia Assessment Services (CAS) now called CASTLE Worldwide to establish a certification program. CASTLE was chosen because of their proven work in the athletic field with groups like the National Athletic Trainers Association. CASTLE did a role delineation study to find out what athletic equipment do as a group. Working with a committee of Equipment Managers, CASTLE created a role delineation for our profession. The role delineation broke our profession down into various areas where the equipment manager must be proficient. The role delineation is the keystone to our certification program. It identifies who we are, what we do and how long we spend doing it. The certification test is based on the role delineation with the amount of questions reflecting the percentages of time we spend in each area. CASTLE oversees the entire process, producing the examination from the information we provide them. They grade the test and constantly update the examination using established norms for certification testing.

Sam Trusner
AEMA Office Manager
207 E. Bodman
Bement, IL 61813

CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded to members that spend time in educational activities to meet the continuing education requirements of a certified equipment manager. Members are awarded based on contact hours (ten contact hours will equal 1.0 ceus) CEU Category List

The AEMA has a category list of ways to earn CEUs. You must self-report within 30 days of the approved activity for you to earn CEUs. Please note that CEUs earned by your attendance at the National Convention, all workshops at the annual national convention, and any use of the resource center are recorded by the AEMA and need not be self-reported.

Continuing Education Committee Members

  • District 1 – Kathy Saltis
  • District 2 – Robin Wert-Eller
  • District 3 – Arnold Wilhoite
  • District 4 – Lynn and Lyle Williams
  • District 5 – Mark Peeler
  • District 6 – Ron Wessell
  • District 7 – Greg Payne
  • District 8 – Mike Bair
  • District 9 – Laura Wong

Each Certified member must earn 6.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) every three years to maintain certification.

You will receive an annual statement showing the number of CEUs accumulated. CEUs earned in excess of requirements for the current period cannot be credited to the next recording period.

If you fail to accumulate sufficient CEUs during a report window, a notice will be mailed to your last known address, stating that you do not have enough CEUs to remain certified. If you wish to remain certified you have 30 days after mailing date of this notice to appeal this status. APPEAL MUST BE IN WRITING AND MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE TO SUBSTANTIATE THE APPEAL.
Send appeal to:

Robin Wert
Equipment Coordinator
Franklin and Marshall College
PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604
Ph: 717-291-4109

Kelly Jones
Equipment Manager
Gettysburg College
Athletic – Lincoln Ave.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Ph: 717-337-6438


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