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

Certified members need to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to maintain certification. Recertification is required every three years. All members work on the same calendar. For this purpose, we have created windows for certification. To maintain certification the minimum number of units to be accumulated each three-year (3) continuing education period shall be (6.0) CEUs. [Those certified within the 3-year period shall have their CEU requirements prorated for that period only (total CEU points needed will be based on the number of conventions that remain in the window.) The CEU report periods are July 1 through June 30th. For the 2015-18 window, the period will run June 1, 2015 – July 1 2018.]

Some activities are reported automatically and you will not need to send in Report Forms. All other categories need to be submitted to your Continuing Education Committee (CEC) representative.

Each district is represented by a CEC member, who is available to assist all members in maintaining their certification. A list of the Districts and the CEC members can be found on the website. It is your responsibility to send to your representative a Report Form within thirty days (30) of the activity (postmarks, email and fax dates will be used to determine if the activity was reported within the 30 day window). The Report Form can also be found on the website under Certification. Download this document, fill it out completely and submit the report form as well as all supporting documentation to your rep.
Tip: If you are not sure if an activity is worth CEU points, report it anyway. Your CEC representative will review your reports and let you know if they have educational value.

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
: [email protected]

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

If you are newly certified when you receive your letter informing you that you have passed the exam, you will be given the number of ceu’s you will need for the remainder of the window. All other certified members will need (6.0) CEUs. If you are unsure of how many ceu’s you have accumulated, you can access your Continuing Education Activity Report on the website site. Under the Member’s Only section, you will be asked to login, and then you will be able to click on My CEU and see a list of the ceu’s you have earned, the total earned to date as well as how many are still needed for the window.

The website has a list of the CEU Categories. This document lists all of the current activities available to earn CEUs. It would be wise to print a copy of this list and keep it handy.

Supporting documentation is listed in the CEU Category document. In addition, the Report Form has a checklist for each activity so that you can check that you have everything. In addition, some activities, require your supervisor to sign the document for verification. Please make sure this is done before you submit the report form.

Yes! Keep copies of all your ceu reports and documentation. If for some reason, your activity would not be recorded, it will be your proof for completion of an activity. When you go to convention, keep a list of workshops you attend so that you can verify you received credit for all ones you attended.

Unless you hear otherwise from your representative, your activities should be recorded. You can check the website at any time to check your standings and to verify your activities have been recorded. If at any time you notice any discrepancies, report these to your CEC representative immediately. He/she will work with you to correct any errors.

It is your responsibility to inform the National Office of any changes in position, address and institutions. Failure to do so, may affect your certification.


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