Overview - Certification at a Glance
Please be sure to read this information carefully and consider the expense of each item and exactly how you will be able to document completion. This will assure you that you have accurately evaluated all costs and time commitments.
This certification is open to professionals who can document a BA/BS degree from clinical health care areas including, but not limited to, psychology, nursing (includes all licensed RNs), counseling, medicine, and therapy granted by a regionally-accredited academic institution (an Accredited Institution of Post-secondary Education as determined by the American Council on Education). For a complete list of accepted health care degrees, read more....
Upon completion of these requirements, you will earn the designation Board Certified in Neurofeedback or BCN™.
License for Independent Practice When treating a medical or psychological disorder, you are required to hold a current license/credential issued by the state in which you practice in a BCIA-approved health care field. Without this license/credential, you must agree to work under the supervision of an appropriately-credentialed health care professional when working with a medical or psychological disorder. This supervisor should have training and experience with neurofeedback and clinical experience with the populations and disorders being treated. This does not apply to those who work only in peak/optimal performance. For further clarification, please read this document.
This brochure will provide a quick review of the certification program or for more detail, scroll down.
Candidates must demonstrate the completion of these four requirements. Should you believe you have completed a requirement in a legitimate way different than described below, you may request a special review to look for equivalency.
Didactic Education to learn the science, history, and theory of neurofeedback
Mentoring - Practical Skills Training
Remember - if you are unlicensed and have no equipment, it may actually be that you are requesting an internship which is very different than merely learning the application of practical skills inside your own work place environment.
BCIA welcomes appropriately licensed/credentialed health care professionals from any country or region outside the United States and Canada. 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 license to practice in an approved health profession in the country where they reside. Degrees earned outside the United States must be translated and evaluated by an organization that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at www.naces.org.
**If you have a license from a field such as medicine or psychology and your credential is in English, you do NOT need to submit evaluated transcripts for this.
BCIA offers a structured fee schedule to suit the financial realities in different countries and regions. Please use this link to see if your country may use a different fee structure. As you will notice, both the filing fee and the certification fees have been combined into one. Please contact BCIA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the fees.
Requirements may be met in any order and do not have to be completed prior to the exam; however, we strongly recommend that the didactics and a good portion of the mentoring be completed to ensure success.