The Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) was started in 1974 with a handful of equipment managers concerned with the manner in which sport participants were equipped. These initial few have grown into a national organization of over 900 members, including male and female equipment managers from High Schools to Colleges and Universities to the Professional Sports.
The purpose of the AEMA is to promote, advance, and improve the Equipment Managers Profession in all of its many phases. One goal is to work as a group to bring about equipment improvements for the greater safety of all participants in sports and recreation. Members of the AEMA enjoy the opportunity to meet fellow equipment managers, share ideas, and learn more efficient techniques to help improve their work place.
In 1991, the AEMA pursued the development of its members by initiating a certification program. The educational focus was targeted towards the five major domains equipment managers identified routinely in their jobs.