Workshop Format
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).

An experienced staff of professional educators offer a weekend-long workshop designed to identify an athletic training student's specific strong and weak areas. Each domain of the 7th Edition BOC Program Analysis (formerly the Role Delineation Study) --the "blueprint" for the BOC exam--will be closely investigated, with review of the most recent changes. This most recent Program Analysis is in effect for the April 2017 exam window to the present. Various resources (textbooks, videos, etc.) will be available for the participants to utilize for studying throughout the workshop. Every participant will leave the workshop with an individualized action plan to enhance their preparation for the BOC certification exam. With this knowledge, the student may properly prepare in the most efficient manner by focusing their efforts toward the appropriate areas.

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.

ACES Preparatory Workshop sessions entail:

Test Taking Strategies
Multiple Choice
Focused Testlets and Alternative Item Types
Mock Multiple Choice Exams
Individual Study with Selected Textbooks and other Resources

Upon completion of the ACES Preparatory Workshop, the student will:

Possess a firm understanding of the various components of the BOC certification exam
Be aware of their strong and weak areas
Possess an awareness of the specific areas to concentrate on for further preparation
Be familiar with various resources to utilize when preparing for the certification exam
Have an individualized plan of action to enhance their exam preparation

Typical ACES Preparatory Workshop Schedule

The Role Delineation Study serves as the "blueprint" of the BOC Exam. The 7th Edition of the Role Delineation/Practice Analysis Study is in effect for the April 2017 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.

We now offer a two-day and three-day format for our workshops.  Please refer to the appropriate schedule below depending on whether the workshop for which you are registering for is two days or three days.

Three Day Format
Day One (5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
  • Registration
  • Introduction: Review of Goals and Objectives
  • Lecture:
    • Understanding the testing process, question selection, and the BOC Role Delineation Study
    • Test taking strategies - Written Exam
  • Take Mock Written Exam A
  • Help Session:  Resource library
Day Two (8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
  • Morning Session (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
    • Review of Mock Written Exam A, with reference to specific tasks within the BOC Role Delineation Study
  • Lunch provided on site (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
  • Afternoon Session (1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
    • Lecture:  Test taking strategies - Alternative question types
    • Take Mock Written Exam B
Day Three (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
  • Preparing for the Exam
    • The Application Process
    • Testing Accommodations for Persons with disabilities
    • Dealing with "The Day"
    • Review Mock Written Exam B Results
    • Development of Individualized Plan of Action
    • Focus on Specific Needs
  • Identify Study Aids and Resources
  • Wrap-up and Evaluation


Two-Day Format

Day One (5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
  • Registration
  • Introduction: Review of Goals and Objectives
  • Lecture:
    • Understanding the testing process, question selection, and the BOC Role Delineation Study
    • Test taking strategies - Written Exam
  • Take Mock Written Exam A
  • Help Session:  Resource library
Day Two (8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
  • Morning Session (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
    • Review of Mock Written Exam A, with reference to specific tasks within the BOC Role Delineation Study
  • Lunch provided on site (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
  • Afternoon Session (1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

    • Lecture:  Test taking strategies - Alternative question types

    • Take Mock Written Exam 

  • Dinner provided on site (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) 

  • Evening Session (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

    • Preparing for the Exam

      • The Application Process

      • Testing Accommodations for Persons with disabilities

      • Dealing with "The Day"

      • Review Mock Written Exam B Results

      • Development of Individualized Plan of Action

      • Focus on Specific Needs

      • Identify Study Aids and Resources

      • Wrap-up and Evaluation