Overview of Clinical Entry-Level Neurofeedback Certification

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....  October 2017 Update - Special Education has been removed from the list of accepted degrees.
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.

International Applicants - BCIA welcomes appropriately licensed/credentialed health care professionals from any country or region outside the United States and Canada.  Read more....

This brochure will provide a quick review of the certification program or for more detail, scroll down.

Certification Requirements

Candidates must demonstrate the completion of these three requirements and the written exam.  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. 

  • 25 contact hours spent with a BCIA-approved mentor to learn to apply the clinical neurofeedback skills through the review of:
    - 10 sessions of self-regulation,
    - 100 patient/client sessions, and
    - 10 case conference presentations. 
    Each session is to be a minimum of 20 minutes.  More than 1 mentor  may be used.  Please visit the Neurofeedback Mentoring area of this website and carefully review the Mentoring Guidelines
  • Essential Skills Checklist - This document must be completed and submitted with your other mentoring documentation.
  • Locating a Mentor - Lists of BCIA-certified providers who may serve as mentors are available through Find a Practitioner. Refer to the Mentoring Guidelines for further information.
    **New in 2014 - BCIA offers mentoring webinars that provide 1 hour of contact time to review 2 case conference presentations.  Please note that only 5 mentoring webinars may be used to fulfill the certification requirement as they will offer the full 10 case conference presentations.  It is NOT recommended that you take all 5 webinars at once. Should you wish to take more mentoring webinars simply to learn, that is allowed; however you will only earn 5 contact hours using this method. Click here to see a list of the recorded sessions.

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 info@bcia.org if you have any questions about the fees.

Filing an Application

Certification Exam
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.



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Biofeedback Certification
Neurofeedback Certification
Why Choose BCIA Neurofeedback Certification?
Clinical Certification
Entry-Level Certification
Certification At A Glance - Overview
Filing An Application
Written Certification Exam
Certification by Prior Experience
Technician Certification
Didactic Training
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