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Chapter 53-6 RENEWAL

Rule 53-6-.01 Renewal of License, Continuing Education

(1) Athletic trainer licenses expire on June 30th of even numbered years and are renewable for two years upon receipt of a renewal application and renewal fee and upon compliance with the continuing education requirement set forth below.
(2) To be eligible for renewal, an athletic trainer must have completed, within the preceding two years, at least forty contact hours of continuing education acceptable to the Board. Provided, however, that an athletic trainer who received his license within one year of the renewal date shall not be required to meet the continuing education requirements for that renewal period. Each athletic trainer shall retain proof of attendance of continuing education programs for a period of three years from the date of attendance.
(3) Athletic trainers will be required to answer questions on their biennial renewal form which establish their compliance with the continuing education requirement. A false statement regarding compliance with the continuing education requirement shall be grounds for revocation or other disciplinary action by the Board.
(4) The staff of the Board shall make a random selection of the actively licensed athletic trainers for the purpose of auditing their compliance with the continuing education requirements of this chapter. Failure to submit such proof of compliance shall be grounds for revocation or other disciplinary action by the Board.

Rule 53-6-.02 Late Renewal

A license which is renewed between July 1st and September 30th following expiration is subject to a penalty surcharge. (See Fee Schedule.) Failure to renew a license by October 1st of an even year shall have the same effect as revocation. Failure to submit such proof of compliance shall be grounds for revocation or other disciplinary action by the Board.

Rule 53-6-.03 Reinstatement

(1) A license which is revoked for failure to renew may be reinstated, at the discretion of the Board, within two years from its expiration date upon receipt of:
(a) A complete reinstatement application and fee;
(b) Verification of forty (40) hours Continuing Education obtained within two years prior to the date of the reinstatement application.
(c) Proof of current certification from the Board of Certification (BOC) for Athletic Trainers.
(2) A license which is expired for two years or more may be reinstated at the discretion of the Board if the applicant:
(a) Meets current licensure requirements;
(b) Submits a complete reinstatement application with the required fee; and,
(c) Submits verification of forty (40) hours of Continuing Education obtained within two years prior to the date of the reinstatement application.
(3) If the license is reinstated during the first year of the current biennium, the licensee is required to meet the continuing education requirements in Board Rule 53-6-.01 in order to renew the license. The continuing education hours submitted to reinstate the license may not be used to satisfy the continuing education requirements for the renewal of the license.
(4) If the license is reinstated during the second year of the current biennium, the licensee is exempt from meeting the continuing education requirements for the renewal of the license in that current biennium.

Rule 53-6-.04 Inactive Status

(1) A licensee may apply for inactive status of a license by submitting an affidavit to the Board requesting inactive status. The affidavit must also affirm that while on inactive status the licensee:
(a) Will not practice athletic training in Georgia or hold themselves out to the public as an athletic trainer in Georgia; and,
(b) Understands that to practice or hold oneself out to the public as an athletic trainer in the state of Georgia constitutes unlicensed practice and will subject the licensee to disciplinary action.
(2) While the athletic trainer's license is classified as inactive, that athletic trainer shall not be required to obtain continuing education.
(3) The board will reactivate a license if the licensee submits:
(a) A complete Application for Reactivation with the non-refundable fee within five years of the date that the license was placed in an inactive status;
(b) Evidence of completion of six hours of continuing education approved by the Board for each year the license was inactive. However, no proof of continuing education will be required of an applicant for reactivation who during the period that the Georgia license was inactive was:
(1) Practicing with an active license in a jurisdiction that requires continuing education to maintain that license; or
(2) Practicing with NATA certification in a jurisdiction that has licensing requirement.
(4) An athletic trainer may maintain the license on inactive status for no more than five (5) years from the date the status was changed. If the license holder does not apply to reactive the license before the end of the five year period, the athletic trainer will be required to submit:
(a) A complete reinstatement application with the required non-refundable fee; and,
(b) A verification of forty (40) hours of Continuing Education, approved by the Board, which was obtained within two years preceding the date of the reinstatement application.
(c) Proof of current certification from the Board of Certification (BOC) for Athletic Trainers.
(d) Further verification of any information submitted with the application may be required by the Board.

Rule 53-6-.05 Continuing Education Acceptable to the Board

(1) The following are continuing education programs which are acceptable to the Board:
(a) Clinics, conferences, courses, and workshops relating to athletic training topics which have been approved by a recognized athletic training or health related organization. The hour value of such programs shall be the same as that awarded by the approving organization;
(b) Certification in CPR, EMT, or First Aid by a provider acceptable to the Board. The hour value for receiving certification shall be as follows: Five hours for CPR; ten hours for EMT; and seven hours for first aid.
(2) The Board will consider requests to approve programs and activities other than those specified above for continuing education credit as follows:
(a) To apply for continuing education credit, athletic trainer must submit the following documentation:
1. Proof of attendance; and,
2. Copies of the program's agenda, including the name of the provider(s), the topic(s) covered, and the time spent on each topic.
(b) After reviewing the documentation submitted by the athletic trainer, the Board, in its discretion, shall determine whether the program is acceptable; and, if it is acceptable, the Board shall determine the number of hours of continuing education credit the athletic trainer shall receive for attendance.
(3) The Board will also consider requests for continuing education credit for participation as a speaker, teacher, or panelist in programs relating to athletic training topics. The athletic trainer should utilize the same application process set forth above in Rule 53-6-.05(2).