The CATA certification process is one of the most stringent in the Canadian health care system. To achieve the status of Certified Athletic Therapist, a candidate must first meet the academic requirements of a CATA approved Athletic Therapy curriculum leading to a bachelors degree at an accredited post-secondary institution.

The CATA requires an internship of at least 1200 hours of practical experience under supervision of a Certified Athletic Therapist. Once these criteria are met, a candidate is qualified to attempt the comprehensive 200-question written exam and a practical exam covering emergency care, supportive taping/bracing, modalities, injury assessment and rehabilitation where a minimum grade of 70% is required to pass.

After successful completion of the exam, candidates receive the title Certified Athletic Therapist, designated by the letters CAT(C), and the privileges associated with this recognition.

Accredited Institutions

Concordia University, Montreal, PQ
Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
York University, North York, ON
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
Mount Royal College, Calgary, AB
Camosun College, Victoria, BC
  • University of Regina: 2nd year students can apply to take the Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy at Mount Royal College in their 3rd year.