ACES Preparatory Workshop

If you plan to take the Board of Certification Exam, this workshop could be your ticket to success!
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Exam Candidates--BOC Exam Preparation and Analysis
Program Directors--Hosting An ACES Workshop
Workshop Format
Registration Fees and Discounts
Lodging and Meals
Workshop Dates and Locations
Links to BOC and NATA Exam Study Guide
Workshop Coordinators

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BOC Exam Candidates
Maximize Your Preparation and Minimize Your Stress
Who should attend ACES Preparatory Workshop?
     If you plan to take the Board of Certification (BOC) exam for athletic training certification within the next nine months, this workshop could be your ticket to successfully completing the exam. Prior to attending the ACES Preparatory Workshop, you should have completed the required academic course work (or be currently enrolled).
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Program Directors and Supervising ATC's
External Assessment of Your Education Program
Identifying Your Students' Strengths and Weaknesses
     Several athletic training education programs use the ACES Preparatory Workshop as an external evaluation of their curricula.  If an institution sends 4 or more students to a workshop, we will send a report back to the program director that identifies the group's strengths and weaknesses based on the Role Delineation Study.  In this way, program directors can find out which topics they cover well and which topics might need further instruction in order to best prepare the students.  Therefore, the ACES Preparartory Workshop can benefit the supervising athletic trainer, as well as the athletic training students that he or she supervises.

      Our workshop is not designed to teach your students how to become athletic trainers in a weekend--they have had countless hours of classroom instruction and clinical experiences to prepare them to be athletic trainers.  Rather, our workshop is designed to teach students to study more efficiently and to attack the exam with a systematic approach.  Our workshop doesn't prepare them for the exam as much as it prepares them to prepare for the exam...

Hosting an ACES Preparatory Workshop
     If you are interested in hosting an ACES Preparatory Workshop at your institution, please email Andy Carter at to inquire about site requirements and possible dates and download the site requirements by clicking here:

Host Site Requirements

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Workshop Format
Typical ACES Preparatory Workshop Schedule

The  Role Delineation Study serves as the "blueprint" of the BOC Exam.  The 6th Edition of the Role Delineation Study has been released by the Board of Certification and will be in effect for the April 2011 Exam and beyond.  The Mock Exams of the ACES Preparatory Workshops are designed with the same ratio of questions as the Role Delineation Study to give participants the most accurate evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses.  

Day One (5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

Day Two
Morning Session(8:30 a.m. to 12:30 noon)
Day Three (8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
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Registration Fees and Discounts
Click Here to Download Application

Send Registration Application To:

Grace Weniger
ATTN:  ACES Preparatory Workshop

3060 Brookshire Drive
Harrisonburg, Virginia  22801

FAX:  866-514-4703

Registration Fee

The cost for the ACES Preparatory Workshop is $195.00 (not including lodging). Packets with additional information will be sent to you upon receipt of your application and deposit.  If paying by credit card, charges will appear on your bill as "Tribe Club".  

Early Registration Discount
If one person registers and pays for a workshop at least three (3) weeks prior to the scheduled workshop, the cost will be reduced to $175.00.

Host Site Discount
If a student who attends the host institution registers and pays for a workshop at least three (3) weeks prior to the scheduled workshop, the cost will be reduced to $155.00.

Cancellation Policy
Registered students who find that they are unable to attend the workshop for any reason may request a full refund of all monies paid up to three weeks prior to the start of the workshop--after that date, a $50 Cancellation Fee will be retained by ACES and remaining funds will be refunded. 

ACES is not responsible if a workshop is cancelled due weather conditions. 

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Lodging and Meals
     ACES will provide each participant with a list of hotels in the area and discounted rooms at a local hotel are blocked for the workshop site when available. Participants make reservations directly with the hotel. Confirmation emails with additional information will be sent upon receipt of application and payment.
     Lunch is provided on the second day as part of the workshop.  Efforts are made to book a hotel that provides breakfast.
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2014-15 Workshop Dates and Locations





City, State


January 9-11, 2015

University of Mary

Bismarck, ND


January 14-16, 2015

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS


January 16-18, 2015

Keene State College

Keene, NH


January 16-18, 2015

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA


January 16-18, 2015

Central Methodist University

Fayette, MO


January 16-18, 2015

University of North Carolina-Pembroke

Pembroke, NC


January 16-18, 2015

Union College

Barbourville, KY


January 16-18, 2015

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, LA


January 23-25, 2015

Baldwin-Wallace University

Berea, OH


January 23-25, 2015

Wingate University

Wingate, NC


January 23-25, 2015

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, WV


Jan 30-Feb 1, 2015

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ


Jan 30-Feb 1, 2015

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN


Feb 20-22, 2015

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ


Feb 20-22, 2015

University of Toledo

Toledo, OH


Feb 20-22, 2015

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL


March 13-15, 2015

Arkansas State University

Jonesboro, AR


July 17-19, 2015

College of William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Additional dates and locations will be offered in 2014-15...Stay tuned!

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Important Links for BOC Exam Candidates
NATA Study Guide for the BOC Exam

In 2010, the National Athletic Trainers' Association partnered with ACES Preparatory Workshop to launch the NATA Study Guide for the BOC Exam.  

Through two mock exams, the NATA Study Guide for the BOC Exam can help identify your strong and weak knowledge areas so you can better prepare for your certification test. These mock exams will expose you to both the content matter and the “feel” of the BOC exam, increasing your chances of success!

The NATA Study Guide for the BOC Exam will:

Why Use the NATA Study Guide for the BOC Exam?

We know you have options when it comes to preparing for the BOC exam. Look no further, as the NATA Study Guide for the BOC Exam provides benefits you won’t find elsewhere:

6th Edition of the Role Delineation Study (in affect April 2011) – NATA Member Price: $29 per exam

Board of Certification (BOC)

     Follow the link above to the BOC web page for invaluable information regarding the certification exam including test dates and sites, application procedures, and travel information to test locations.

Role Delineation Study

     Follow the link above to order a copy of the Role Delineation Study which defines the current entry-level knowledge, skills, and abilities required for practice in the profession of athletic training and serves as the "blueprint" for the BOC Certification Exam.

     The Role Delineation Study, 5th Ed. is in effect through the February 2011 exam.  For the April exam and beyond, the new 6th Edition will be in effect.  

Practical Exam Preparation Guide of Clinical Skills for Athletic Training

     This text, written by ACES Workshop Coordinators Herb Amato and Steve Cole, is a resource to help athletic training students practice psychomotor skills.  For athletic training educators, this book breaks down clinical skills into their component parts to help evaluate proficiency.

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Workshop Coordinators

Steve Cole
Herbert K. Amato, DA, ATC
Associate Dean, University Studies
James Madison University 
Harrisonburg, VA
Steven L. Cole, MEd, ATC, CSCS 
Associate Athletics Director 
College of William and Mary 
Williamsburg, VA 

ACES Contact Information
Amato-Cole Educational Services
College of William and Mary
Division of Sports Medicine
P.O. Box 399
Williamsburg, VA 23187-0399

For Registration Questions

Grace Weniger
Cell:  (434) 409-7390
Fax:  (866) 514-4703

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