What are the eligibility requirements to sit for the Certification exam?
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.
What Documentations are Required for Certification?
- Exam Application (See Exam FAQs page)
- 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 (does not include Certification Manual) submitted prior to April 1 OR $325.00 (does not include Certification Manual) submitted April 2-April 15. NO applications or payments will be accepted after April 15.
What makes the AEMA Certification a valid standard of our profession?
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.
Where to send my Certification Exam Application?
AEMA Office Manager
207 E. Bodman
Bement, IL 61813