Overview of Academic Entry-Level Biofeedback Certification

Basic Information

Currently, this certification is offered only for those who are working and living in the United States and Canada. This certification path requires an MA/MS degree from a regionally-accredited academic institution in no specified field, and is for those who both wish to use biofeedback in an academic, research, or supervisory setting and who do not clinically treat medical/psychological disorders.


The following are the basic requirements for Biofeedback Academic Certification:

  • Didactic education course covering the 48-hour BCIA Blueprint of Knowledge statements from a regionally-accredited academic institution or a BCIA-accredited training program.
  • Human anatomy/physiology or human biology course work understanding the relationships and function of bodily systems used in your specific biofeedback applications. More detail...
  • Mentoring to learn the application of clinical skills. Mentoring Contact Hours refers to 10 hours of time spent learning basic equipment function, electrode placements, and personal self-regulation skills.
  • Written Certification Exam - When you have been notified that your application has been accepted, you may make plans to take your written exam either at a scheduled exam site or by using the special exam option.

Requirements may be met in any order and do not have to be completed prior to the exam.

Where Do I Start?

Once you have investigated the program and are sure you are able to meet all of the requirements, the first step is to file an application which will be valid for 2 years.

Certification is valid for four years and recertification is based on the successful completion of the written exam or the documentation of 55 hours of accredited, biofeedback-relevant continuing education.

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