Exam Policies

Right to Appeal

The AOCDEC is committed to assuring that aggrieved candidates for certification have access to an appeal process to address concerns regarding all certification and recertification examinations and other decisions of the committee. If you feel that there was bias, prejudice or unfairness in the sports medicine certification exam or from a member of the examination team, or the certification exam failed to follow established procedures, you have the right to file an appeal with the AOCDEC.

Appeals to the board can be made by submitting an Appeal Request Form to a member of the examination team, or by mail, fax or email. The candidate must submit the completed appeal request form within two hours of completion of the exam. Appeals must include:

  • Your address and email address
  • Date and location of the exam
  • Details about why you’re appealing
  • Your signature and the date

The exam committee will not consider appeals based on examination content, sufficiency or accuracy of answers to exam questions, scoring of the exam, and/or determination of the minimum passing score.

Appeals will be considered by the AOCDEC. A majority vote of the Committee will determine whether the board accepts or denies the appeal. Candidates will be advised by certified mail of final action of the board within 10 working days.

Compliance With Federal Regulations

The AOCDEC complies with all applicable federal and state regulations, including:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The AOCDEC complies with requirements prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation, as well as regulations for Title II and Title III (and all subsequent regulations) as printed in the federal register.
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): In compliance with the HIPAA Act of 1996 and any subsequent modifications, the AOCDEC ensures that individuals’ health information is properly protected, while allowing the flow of health information to provide and promote high quality health care. All medical records submitted for review by candidates for AOCDEC certification will be de-identified by the candidate prior to submission, such that the remaining information cannot be used to identify an individual patient.