Overview of Clinical Entry-Level Neurofeedback Certification

Certification at a Glance

- Health care degree:  A minimum of a BA/BS degree from a regionally accredited academic institution in a health care field such as psychology, medicine, counseling, nursing, etc. is required as well as completion of the following requirements:

- Human anatomy, human physiology, human biology, physiological psychology, or a neuroanatomy course

- Didactic education course covering the blueprint taken from a BCIA accredited training program.

- Mentoring to learn the application of clinical skills

- Written certification exam

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

Basic Information

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 involved and that you can successfully complete all requirements.  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.

This brochure will provide a quick review of the certification program.

Certification in neurofeedback is strictly limited to EEG biofeedback or brainwave training.  Upon completion of these requirements, you will earn the designation Board Certified in Neurofeedback or BCN™.

This neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) certification is open to professionals from clinical health care areas including, but not limited to, psychology, nursing (includes all licensed RNs), counseling, and therapy who hold a degree from a regionally-accredited academic institution (an Accredited Institution of Postsecondary Education as determined by the American Council on Education). If you are unlicensed, a signed, sealed, original transcript from the university that granted your highest degree must be directly submitted to BCIA. If you carry an appropriate state-issued credential that allows you to practice independently in your state, please submit a copy of that license.

Acceptable Degrees

BCIA-approved health care fields include: psychology, nursing, (including 2-year registered nurses with license; not LVNs or LPNs), physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, rehabilitation, chiropractic, recreational therapy, physician's assistant (with certification or license), exercise physiology, speech pathology, and sports medicine. The following fields require a master's degree: music therapy and counseling education (M.Ed. in counseling). Appropriately credentialed doctors of medicine are also accepted. Credentialed special education teachers may be certified to work in educational environments. Degrees in health care fields other than those listed above must be submitted to the Certification Review Committee.

Only the highest degree earned in a BCIA approved health care field from a regionally accredited academic institution will be listed on the Find a Practitioner area of this website.

BCIA will consider requests for special review for the demonstration of equivalency for most of our requirements, including prerequisite education. However, degree review requests must be compared to a BCIA-approved clinical health care field.

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.  Read more....

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

Certification Requirements

Candidates must demonstrate the completion of:

Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Physiological Psychology, or Human Biology

Didactic Education to learn the science, history, and theory of neurofeedback

  • A 36-hour didactic education program specifically covering all topics as listed in the BCIA Blueprint of Knowledge taken from either a regionally-accredited academic institution or a BCIA-accredited training program.  Please note that there are 2 versions of the blueprint.  Most trainers are using the 2015 version while others are using the original.  This should not impact exam performance.  Please view the older version blueprint and the 2015 blueprint.

Mentoring - Practical Skills Training

  • 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 review the Mentoring Guidelines.  BCIA suggests using this Mentoring Log Form to help keep track of contact hours and sessions.  Should you submit your application prior to completion of this requirement, your mentor may use this statement to document the work. 
  • *** New in 2016 - BCIA has approved a Neurofeedback Essential Skills List.  Each applicant is asked to provide this list to their mentor and document completion.
  • 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. 

Written Certification Exam

The exam may be taken at any time after approval of your application; however,  we recommend it as the last requirement in the certification process. The examination is offered in English only and is based on the Blueprint of Knowledge Statements. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice items sourced from the Core Reading List.  The number of exam items from a blueprint area correspond to the number of hours in that rubric; the smaller the rubric, the fewer questions will be in the exam from that content area.  For more information, please refer to Neurofeedback Exam 101.

  • The written certification exam may be taken either at one of the scheduled exam sites or through the special exam option which allows a pre-approved candidate to schedule their exam using a university or other approved testing site with a proctor.  For more information on how to make arrangements for a special exam, please refer to Special Exam 101.
  • Special exams fees: $100 for the paper/pencil version, $50 for online testing software.
  • A Core Reading List is provided to aid in preparation for the exam and to reinforce the learning of the science, history, and theory of neurofeedback.

Filing an Application

Candidates may file an application at any time during the certification process.  The signature area includes your agreement to abide by the BCIA Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback and follow the appropriate rules and regulatios of your profsesion and state.  Applications will not be accepted without:  the signature, proof of helath care degree or license, nor filing fee. 

For additional information about the application refer to the Application Instructions. More detailed information about the certification process may be found in the BCIA Policies, Exams, and Fees.


Fees include $150 filing fee which must be paid at the time the application is submitted plus a $275 certification fee, a total of $425. The filing fee will be reduced to $50 if an applicant can document that he/she is currently enrolled in an advanced degree program at a regionally-accredited academic institution in a BCIA-approved health care field. Total fees for current students in this category amount to $325.  If this is your second BCIA certification (in addition to either the (Biofeedback or PMDB), the total fees for dual certification are $220.

All fees are non-refundable and must be in US funds and paid by check, money order, or credit card.  If using a credit card, you may pay online using the links below:

Application Filing Fee
Certification Fee
Special Exam Fee

As stated above, BCIA offers a strutured 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.



Certification is valid for 4 years. To recertify, you must demonstrate completion of 48 hours of continuing education that includes 3 hours of professional conduct/ethics course work and must attest that your license/credential has not been suspended, investigated, or revoked. Recertification fees range from $225 to $275, depending on when you file your application.

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