The purpose of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is to develop, maintain, and promote appropriate minimum education standards of quality athletic training programs. CAATE accredits Professional, Post-Professional and Residency Programs in Athletic Training.  CAATE is sponsored by The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

The Standards for the Academic Accreditation of Athletic Training Programs, Post Professional Degree Programs Standards and Guidelines and Post Professional Residency Standards and Guidelines (Standards) are used to prepare athletic trainers at each respective level.   Each institution is responsible for demonstrating compliance with the Standards to obtain and maintain recognition as a CAATE-accredited athletic training program. A list of accredited programs is published and available to the public.

These Standards are to be used for the development, evaluation, analysis, and maintenance of Athletic Training Programs. Via comprehensive and annual review processes, CAATE is responsible for the evaluation of a program’s compliance with the Standards. The Standards provide minimum academic requirements; institutions are encouraged to develop sound innovative educational approaches that substantially exceed these Standards.