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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

The Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) began a professional certification program in 1991. To become a professional equipment manager, applicants must meet one of the following criteria: (1) have a high school/GED degree and five years of paid, nonstudent employment in athletic equipment management; (2) have a four-year college degree and two years paid, nonstudent employment in athletic equipment management; or (3) have a four-year college degree and 1,400 hours as a student equipment manager. They also must be 21 years of age and be a member in good standing with the AEMA. Once these requirements have been met, candidates must take and pass a certification examination. The certification process also includes continuing education, such as annual conventions, workshops, seminars, and meetings.

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