(a) No person may hold himself out as an athletic trainer or perform, for compensation, any activities of an athletic trainer as defined in Section 44-75-20 without obtaining certification.

(b) Any person desiring certification as an athletic trainer must apply to the department. The department must make a determination of the applicant’s qualifications and issue the appropriate certificate to the applicant.

Terms Used In South Carolina Code 44-75-40

  • Athletic trainer: means an allied health professional with specific qualifications as set forth in Section 44-75-50 who, upon the advice and consent of a licensed physician, carries out the practice of care, prevention, and physical rehabilitation of athletic injuries, and who, in carrying out these functions, may use physical modalities, including, but not limited to, heat, light, sound, cold, electricity, or mechanical devices related to rehabilitation and treatment. See South Carolina Code 44-75-20
  • Board: means the Board of Health and Environmental Control. See South Carolina Code 44-75-20
  • Certificate: means official acknowledgment by the department that an individual has successfully completed educational and other requirements referred to in this act which entitle that individual to perform the functions and duties of an athletic trainer. See South Carolina Code 44-75-20
  • Department: means the Department of Health and Environmental Control. See South Carolina Code 44-75-20

(c) A certificate so issued is valid for a period not to exceed two years from the date of issuance and may be renewed subject to any requirements of this chapter.

(d) The department must suspend or revoke a certificate so issued at any time it is determined that the holder no longer meets the prescribed qualifications set forth by the department or has failed to provide athletic training services of a quality acceptable by the department.

(e) Any person whose application is denied, suspended, or revoked is entitled to a hearing before the board if he submits a written request to the board. Proceedings for denial, revocation, or suspension of a certificate must be conducted consistent with Act 176 of 1977 (Administrative Procedures Act).