Overview of Clinical Neurofeedback Certification by Prior Experience

Basic Information

Upon completion of these requirements, you will earn the designation Board Certified in Neurofeedback or BCN™.

Certification in neurofeedback is strictly limited to EEG biofeedback or brainwave training.

Neurofeedback certification is open only to licensed professionals from clinical health care areas including, but not limited to, psychology, medicine, 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).

Acceptable Degrees

BCIA-approved health care fields include: psychology, medicine, 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).   Only licensed health care professionals may apply for this certification.

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. 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.

Upon completion of these requirements, you will earn the designation Board Certified in Neurofeedback or BCN™.

This opportunity is reserved for a select group of licensed professionals who can demonstrate extensive education and experience and have served as leaders through their various contributions to the field. We recognize that these professionals have training that goes beyond entry level and should be expected to fulfill requirements that go far beyond our traditional neurofeedback certification process.

International

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.

Application

Candidates may file an application with a non-refundable $150 filing fee which must be paid at the time the application is submitted. Upon approval, the remaining $275 certification fee must be submitted.

The application includes a line for your signature attesting that you have read and agreed to abide by the BCIA Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback.  Please be sure to carefully read this document.

Dual Certification:  If this is your second BCIA certification (in addition to either the BCIA Biofeedback or PMDB), the total fees for dual certification are $225.

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 or you may call the office at (720) 502-5829 with your credit card information.

Requirements

This opportunity is reserved for a select group of licensed professionals who can demonstrate extensive education and experience and have served as leaders through their various contributions to the field. We recognize that these professionals have education, training, and experience that goes beyond entry level and should be expected to fulfill requirements that go far beyond our traditional certification process.

Applications for BCIA Certification by Prior Experience are only for those licensed health care professionals who can demonstrate all of the following requirements.  If you clearly cannot document even one requirement, please refer to the information on Entry Level Certification.

  • License/Credential for independent practice - A current license/credential issued by the state in which you practice is required. This license/credential must be from one of the following clinical health care fields: psychology, medicine, nursing (including two-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, or sports medicine.
  • The following fields require a Master’s degree: music therapy and counseling education (M.Ed. in counseling).
  • Accredited post-professional education - A minimum of 100 hours is required with courses that completely cover the 36 hours of BCIA Blueprint of Knowledge statements. The remaining 64 hours may be completed by a BCIA-approved continuing education venue in any blueprint area(s). We require that the majority of these hours be within the past 10 years.
  • Accredited continuing education refers to: courses taken from regionally-accredited academic institutions, courses accredited by the national body of a BCIA-accepted health care profession (APA, AMA, etc.), or workshops given at the following recognized organization’s annual meetings: AAPB, BFE, and ISNR.
  • 3,000 patient hours over at least 5 years - This stipulation requires relevant experience which reflects using neurofeedback and is substantiated with your written statement of clinical practice and letters of recommendation which support your statement. Please refer to the samples of a written statement of practice and recommendation letter.
  • Human anatomy/physiology coursework or other submission that formally demonstrates understanding the relation and function of bodily systems used in your specific neurofeedback applications.
  • Mentoring with another professional for at least 25 contact hours that demonstrates a formal guidance in learning the application of clinical skills.

Validation Exam

Upon approval of your application, you will have 1 year to make arrangements to take the written exam to be used for validation purposes. You may take the exam at any of the scheduled exam sites or may use the special exam option of an outside university or public library proctor for $100 for the paper/pencil or $25 for the online exam option. We are using your expertise to validate current and new exam items.

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Biofeedback Certification
Neurofeedback Certification
Why Choose BCIA Neurofeedback Certification?
Clinical Certification
Entry-Level Certification
Certification by Prior Experience
Overview
Application
Application Instructions
Sample Statement of Practice and Verification Letter
Information and Fee Schedule
Anatomy and Physiology
Technician Certification
Didactic Training
Mentoring
Common Documents
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