Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association ALATA eBlast News
April 10, 2009
   

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In This Issue:
    IMPORTANT NOTICE
Concerning Renewal of Your License to Practice Athletic Training in the State of Alabama
    Nominations Needed Now for Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers
           
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Concerning Renewal of Your License to Practice Athletic Training in the State of Alabama

IMPORTANT NOTICE
CONCERNING RENEWAL OF YOUR LICENSE TO PRACTICE
ATHLETIC TRAINING IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA

Following a recent survey of athletic trainers conducted as part of the Board’s Sunset Review performed by the Alabama Department of Public Examiners, the Board was advised that approximately 25% of licensees who responded to the Sunset Review Committee’s Licensee Survey expressed concerns over the length of time it took the Board to issue renewal ID cards. Based on this response, the Board’s legal counsel advised the Board to change the renewal dates and procedures to expedite the renewal process and issuance of licensure ID cards to renewing athletic trainers.

The changes discussed below have been adopted by the Board and are effective beginning with the upcoming renewal for 2010.

  • Your annual licensure year continues to be January 1 – December 31, and all licenses EXPIRE on December 31. The 90-day grace period in Section 34-40-5(b) of the Code of Alabama does not allow for you to practice with an expired license; it merely allows for you to submit a renewal application during that 90-day period without having to reapply for licensure. As you know, it is illegal to practice athletic training in the State of Alabama without a license…this includes an expired license. (Code of Alabama, Section 34-40-12)
  • There is now an annual renewal year during which your 26 CEUs must be earned and your application for renewal submitted. That period is December 1 – November 30.
    • During the first year of implementation licensees will be required to complete 10/12’s of their normal CEU requirement for the year. What this means is that for next year’s renewal (2010) only, licensees will be required to earn and document 22 CEUs rather than 26 CEUs.
  • The Board will begin accepting applications for renewal on October 1 for the next year’s renewal.
  • Applications for renewal submitted with a postmark later than November 30 will be considered late and assessed a $50 late fee.
  • CEUs earned after November 30 for the next license year will be considered late and subject to late CEU fees.

We are confident that our revised renewal schedule will enable the Board to process renewals and issue ID cards to renewing athletic trainers in a more efficient manner. Our timeline is listed below:

  October 1 Board begins accepting applications for renewal for the next year
  November 30 Applications for Renewal due for the next year’s renewal
  Early December CEU Review Committee reviews applications for renewal
Notices of non-receipt mailed to appropriate licensees
  Mid-December ID cards mailed to renewal applicants fulfilling renewal requirements
As determined by CEU Review Committee
  Mid-to-late December Deficiency letters mailed to renewal applicants failing to fulfill renewal requirements as determined by CEU Review Committee
  January 1 Renewal applicants with deficiencies have 90 days to correct

Please feel free to call the Board Office if you have questions.

BOARD OFFICE INFORMATION

Leah Taylor, Executive Secretary

Mailing Address Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers
Post Office Box 243011
Montgomery, Alabama  36124
Telephone No.: 334/264-1929
  877/271-3399 (Toll Free)
Email: athletictrainers@bellsouth.net
Fax: 334/262-2663
 
Nominations Needed Now for Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers
Please note that nominations are needed for two positions on the Board of Athletic Trainers.  The two positions that will become vacant are one ATC position currently held by Jake Shaw who is eligible for re-election and one ATC position currently held by Valda H. Montgomery who is not eligible for re-election due to maximum term limitations.  In order to be in compliance with the law concerning the Board’s composition, nominees for Dr. Montgomery's position must be Black.  Both member's current terms will expire 12/31/09. Qualifications are U.S. citizen and licensed to practice in the State for at least three years immediately prior to appointment.  Only athletic trainers currently licensed by the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers are able to nominate a member meeting the above requirements and only licensed athletic trainers are able to vote.  Please email your nominations to Acting Secretary Karen Straub Stanton at strauks@auburn.edu.  If you are nominating someone, please provide their full name and their place of employment so that their eligibility and acceptance of the nomination can be verified.  Please provide your full name and Alabama license number as well.  Please email any and all nominations as soon as possible.  We will also be accepting nominations at the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting on May 14-16.  We will vote for this position during the ALATA Town Hall Meeting on May 16, 2009.