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).
The ACES staff works hard to keep all materials used in our workshops up to date with information about the BOC exam. We take great pride in presenting accurate and current information about test design and format. All details regarding the test is carefully researched from information in the public domain published by the BOC.
Preparatory Workshop Sessions Entail:
Upon Completion of the ACES Preparatory Workshop, the Student Will:
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 email@example.com to inquire about site requirements and possible dates and download the site requirements by clicking here:
Host Site Requirements
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.)
Morning Session(8:30 a.m. to 12:30 noon)
Afternoon Session(1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Send Registration Application To:
ATTN: ACES Preparatory Workshop
3060 Brookshire Drive
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
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.
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.
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.
Additional dates and locations will be offered in 2014-15...Stay tuned!
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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:
- Help a candidate understand how to use the Role Delineation Study in exam preparation;
- Evaluate a candidate’s knowledge of topics within each of the domains;
- Increase a candidate’s understanding of tasks within the Role Delineation Study;
- Provide a detailed report of the candidate’s performance on the mock exams to identify areas of weakness that require further study.
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:
- Two 140-question mock exams with the same look as the actual BOC exam
- Individualized report for each of the two mock exams
- Combined report that highlights your strengths and weaknesses from both mock exams
- Discount for NATA Members!
6th Edition of the Role Delineation Study (in affect April 2011) – NATA Member Price: $29 per examBoard 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.
Associate Dean, University Studies
James Madison University
Associate Athletics Director
College of William and Mary
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 QuestionsGrace Weniger
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