BCIA policies/guidelines, fees, and deadlines are subject to change without notice. BCIA has the prerogative to establish and reverse policies, procedures, including fees and dates for certification and recertification as deemed appropriate without notice. It is the candidate’s responsibility to stay current on any changes by maintaining regular contact with the BCIA Office.
Fees may be paid in US funds by check, money order, or credit card.
|Application Withdrawal Fee = $75||Revalidation Fee = $100 for 2 years|
|Special Review Fee = $100||Exam Retake Fee = $100|
|Exam Cancellation Fee = $50||Exam Rescoring Fee = $50|
Special Exam Fee = $100
($50 for the online version, CPE Only)
|Replacement or Duplicate Certificate = $25|
Time Frame for Completing Certification Requirements
Once accepted, the application is valid for two years. If certification is not completed during that period, the candidate may request a two-year extension with payment of an application revalidation fee of $100.
Verification of Information
All information submitted by the applicant is subject to verification. Falsification of information by a candidate is grounds for automatic rejection of the application, forfeiture of all fees, and denial of future applications for certification.
Successful completion of the written examination is required for validation purpose. Because you are an expert in the field, we want you to help us gauge what should be expected for an entry level competency standard. The examination is offered in English and is based on the Blueprint of Knowledge for each specific certification. These statements incorporate the basic principles of biofeedback in the Blueprint areas that a candidate should know and are included as part of the application packet.
Written examinations are offered at several locations throughout the year or may be taken using a local proctor through the special exam option. The examination consists of multiple-choice items.
Any concern which occurs during the written examination must be brought to the attention of the head proctor immediately. Any issue not brought to the attention of the proctor should be reported in writing to BCIA within three days of the examination. Failure to do so may result in BCIA declining to take the issue into consideration. If the candidate feels that an error was made in the scoring of the written examination, he/she may request a rescoring of the examination. This request must be in writing and accompanied by a rescoring fee of $50.
Certification is valid for a four-year period. Certificants are required to complete 48 hours of accredited continuing education related to the blueprint, including 3 hours in ethics or professional conduct, and pay a recertification fee according to the schedule below:
Candidates may elect to recertify by retaking and passing the certification exam.
Ten percent of all recertification applications are audited. In this event, BCIA will request documentation of the continuing education. Recertification applications are available in the Certificants area of the website. Recertification notification is sent to all certificants during their last year of certification. Successful candidates for recertification are issued new certificates valid January 1 until December 31 four years later, thereby maintaining continuity of certification.
BCIA's progressive certification program grants certificants a new designation after each four year period: Certificant, Associate Fellow, Fellow, Fellow 2, and, finally, Senior Fellow. Once a Senior Fellow, one will remain at that level until retirement.
Review within BCIA will be the final determination of all matters arising between the candidate and BCIA. However, if you believe grounds exist that would permit a court to overturn or modify BCIA’s action, you may seek redress only through arbitration in Denver, CO. We suggest that you consult an attorney before invoking the arbitration procedure.
The applicant shall be liable for the cost of any arbitration or court proceedings, including reasonable attorney fees, that are expended by BCIA in the defense of any proceedings brought by the applicant where the applicant does or does not prevail.
Withdrawal and Reapplication
In the event a candidate withdraws an application after submission and payment of fees, BCIA, upon written request, will refund the fees paid less an administrative fee of $75. If an application has been withdrawn, the individual may reapply by submitting a new application meeting current requirements and paying fees. In the event BCIA determines that the candidate has not met any of the certification requirements, the application may be returned less a $75 administrative fee.
Application materials will not be stored indefinitely. If you believe you need extra time to complete the requirements, please be sure to contact the BCIA office at firstname.lastname@example.org.