Overview of Clinical Neurofeedback Certification by Prior Experience

Overview - Certification At a Glance
Basic Information

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

This opportunity is reserved for a select group of licensed health care professionals who can demonstrate extensive education and experience in biofeedback and have served as leaders through their various contributions to the field. We recognize that these professionals have gone beyond the basics and should be expected to fulfill requirements that exceed our traditional entry-level certification process.  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.

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

Requirements
Applications for BCIA Certification in Neurofeedback by Prior Experience are only for those who can demonstrate all of the following:

  • License/Credential for independent practice - A current license, issued by the state/region in which you practice, is required and must be from one of the following clinical health care fields: psychology; medicine; dentistry; nursing (RN); physical, respiratory, recreational, and occupational therapy; social work; counseling; rehabilitation; chiropractic; speech pathology; or sports medicine.  It is up to each professional to understand how neurofeedback may be legally included as part of their professional work.
  • 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, taken by a BCIA-accredited training program. The remaining 64 hours may be completed by taking courses at an accredited continuing education venue related to 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 (e.g., APA, AMA), or workshops given at the following recognized organization’s annual meetings: AAPB, BFE, ANSA, and ISNR.
  • 3,000 patient hours using neurofeedback over at least 5 years - This requirement will be substantiated with your written statement of clinical practice and 3 letters of verification that support your statement. Please refer to the samples of a written statement of practice and recommendation letter.
  • Neuroanatomy, neurophysiology coursework, physiological psychology or other submission that demonstrates formally learning about the brain and the central nervous system as 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.  This was to be accomplished when you were first learning to add this modality to your clinical work.
  • Validation Exam must be completed once your application has been accepted and approved.  There is no expected pass score.  We will use the information gathered on a "per item" basis to provide psychometric data.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 for those countries in Groups II - IV.  Please contact BCIA at info@bcia.org if you have any questions about the fees.

International

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. It is up to each professional to understand how biofeedback may be legally included as part of their professional work.  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.

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 for those countries in Groups II - IV.  Please contact BCIA at info@bcia.org if you have any questions about the fees.

Filing An Application

Validation Exam

Dual Certification

If this is your second BCIA certification (in addition to either the BCIA Biofeedback or PMDB), the total fees for dual or your 2nd BCIA certification are $225.

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Now that you have reviewed Basic Requirements, you may review the Application, Application Instructions, Sample Statement of Practice and Letter of Recommendation, and Information and Fee Schedule.

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