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The Emergency Response for the Athlete (ERA) course is intended for physical therapists, athletic trainers, nurses, and physicians who seek specialized training in sideline and venue emergency management of the athlete.

Core skills include primary and secondary assessment, ethics and legal review, care of the athlete through the age spectrum, athletes in adaptive sports, dermatology, medical and traumatic emergencies, and EMS operations. Additional enrichment modules include asthma, anaphylaxis, pulse oximetry, and care of the spine-injured athlete.

The ERA course is hybrid learning starting with online narrated presentations and a 70-question test; this is followed by a 2-day, in-person course at a host site. Upon successful completion of the ERA, the participant is granted a 3-year ERA certification and continuing education credits (20 CCUs for PTs and 17.5 Cat. A CCUs for ATs).

Both the ERA online training module and ERA on-site 2-day intensive training session must be completed at least two weeks prior to the start of the in-person course. If this does not occur, in order to earn the certificate, the participant must re-do the entire course.


  • Approximately two weeks after you register for the course, you will receive an email outlining details including the exact location, parking, and any additional specifics.
  • The course typically runs from 8 am to 5 pm each day. On the last day, it may finish slightly earlier; this depends on the order of the practical rotations. If you have travel concerns, please inform the lead instructor ahead of time so accommodations can be coordinated.
  • On a rare occasion, a situation may arise where a course needs to be cancelled or postponed. We make every attempt to determine the necessity for cancellation at least 14 days prior to the first day of the course. We recommend purchasing refundable tickets and hotel rooms and/or travel insurance in case a cancellation or postponement must occur. Registrants are welcome to transfer between courses if a conflict arises.
  • Registration covers all online material, testing, and in-person instruction.
  • The self-paced online chapters are available for immediate use.
  • The sport-specific topics coincide with the “Description of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Sports Specialist.”
  • CPR/AED training is available as an elective.
  • The certificate of completion will be sent via email after you have completed the course and post-course survey. The certificate is valid for three years from your on-site ERA course training date.

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for answers to the most commonly received questions from students.


The Cogent Steps BOC Approved Provider number is P10170.

The BOC has accredited the ERA course for 17 hours Category A, consisting of home study (5.5 hours) and live instruction (11.5 hours).


Per ABPTS and the Sports Specialty Council, you must keep your Acute Management of Injury and Illness (satisfied by the ERA course completion) current during the 10 years of certification. Throughout the Maintenance of Specialty Certification cycle you will need to show proof of satisfying this requirement.

The ERA course is good for three years. To be eligible for the ERA Recertification course, you must initiate the course while your ERA certification is current. There is no grace period offered if the ERA certification lapses.

The ERA course is accredited for 20 CCUs for PTs.