The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) was created in 1981 as the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, with the primary mission to certify individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and progressively re-certify those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. To reflect our global identity, we adopted this new name in March, 2010. BCIA is an autonomous nonprofit corporation whose policies and procedures are set by an independent board of directors, comprised of a rotating group of distinguished clinicians, researchers, and educators.
Board certification is the mark of distinction for providers of biofeedback and neurofeedback services and establishes that the individual has met entry-level education and training requirements. However, BCIA certification is not a substitute for a valid license or other credential to legally practice one's profession as regulated by health care practices in your country.
International Applicants - License Required
All international applicants for BCIA certification programs, outside of the US and Canada, must carry a valid government-issued license/credential that regulates clinical health care practice. Until such time as a country or region forms a professional organization who becomes a formal BCIA affiliate (e.g., Australia and Mexico) and takes on the task of reviewing prerequisite education and other requirements for certification, this rule will be in place.
At this time, BCIA is an “English only” organization. We currently only offer our exams and reading sources in English. However, we are exploring options for translating our exams into other languages based on demand. Should a group of applicants from another country formally express their wish to certify and can demonstrate the need for a translated exam, BCIA would work toward fulfilling this request
BCIA offers certification for both entry-level and advanced health care professionals in Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback – clinical only at this time. Until such time as a country or region forms a BCIA affiliate organization (a la Australia), then BCIA will require all applicants for certification who reside outside the US or Canada to demonstrate that they have a valid license/credential to practice in a BCIA-approved health profession in the country where they reside."
BCIA has certified providers in 36 countries – please visit Find a Practitioner to locate Board certified professionals in your area. BCIA is committed to working with biofeedback and neurofeedback organizations worldwide to be able to tailor our educational prerequisites to fit the health care realities of your region through our affiliate program.
BCIA’s Affiliate Program was developed in recognition of the fact that cultural and regulatory differences in other countries impact the adoption of international standards for biofeedback training, continuing education, and board certification. The BCIA Board Certification program was built and anchored in the United States, and drafted in accordance with US health care standards. These standards, while fundamentally sound, may not always seamlessly fit with health care models in other countries. The affiliate program provides an opportunity for partnership between BCIA and a professional biofeedback or neurofeedback organization outside of the United States and Canada, allowing the two organizations to collaborate on the development of standards and requirements that make sense for a particular country, while upholding educational and training rigor. The affiliate organization must endorse and comply with the foundational principles of BCIA, and its training and certification program may not be specific to a particular brand of equipment or theory. Read more...
Currently there are two affiliates:
International Membership Associations
There are many new membership organizations forming worldwide. Read more.....