Currently, this neurofeedback certification is offered only for those who are working and living in the United States and Canada. This certification path has no specific educational prerequisites and requires a licensed and BCIA certified supervisor to guide and take responsibility for their work in accordance with state law. Applicants for Technician Certification should be aware that:
- This program is intended for individuals who are already employed as neurofeedback technicians; however anyone is permitted to begin training.
- Applicants must pass the same rigorous certification exam that we administer to candidates pursuing the clinical certification.
- Technicians must be supervised by those who are BCIA certified in neurofeedback, licensed and legally able to supervise non-licensed personnel, and must work within their supervisor’s specific scope of practice.
- Should the employment change, the certification is no longer valid until the technician can once again demonstrate current employment in accordance to the standards as outlined above.
- Technicians names are not listed on our provider directory.
The following are the basic requirements for Technician Certification:
- Didactic education course covering the 36-hour BCIA Blueprint of Knowledge statements from a regionally-accredited academic institution or a BCIA-accredited training program.
- Proof of biological psychology, human anatomy, human anatomy/physiology, human biology, human physiology, neuroanatomy, neuroscience, or physiological psychology course work - Applicants for Technician-Level Certification may satisfy the Anatomy and Physiology requirement by:
- completing a college-level biological psychology, human anatomy, human anatomy/physiology, human biology, human physiology, neuroanatomy, neuroscience, or physiological psychology, or
- completing a BCIA approved home study course covering this topic such as found on www.behavmedfoundation.org.
- by reading an undergraduate human anatomy and physiology text or Barron’s Anatomy and Physiology The Easy Way (2nd ed.) and then successfully completing the online Technician Anatomy and Physiology exam.
- Internship/Mentoring to learn the application of clinical skills. Mentoring Contact Hours refers to 10 hours of time spent to review 20 patient sessions and to learn basic equipment, electrode placements, and personal self-regulation skills.
- Written Certification Exam - When you have been notified that your application has been accepted, you may make plans to take your written exam either at a scheduled exam site or by using the special exam option. Please use the Core Reading List to prepare for the exam.
Requirements may be met in any order and do not have to be completed prior to the exam.
Where Do I Start?
Once you have investigated the program and are sure you are able to meet all of the requirements, the first step is to file an application with a non-refundable filing fee of $150 which will be valid for two years. 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. When you are ready to take the exam, you must pay a $275 certification fee which entitles you to one scheduled seating of the exam. For an additional fee ($50 online or $100 paper/pencil), you may also secure your own local university or public library proctor to administer the exam.
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.
Certification is valid for four years and recertification is based on the successful completion of the written exam or the documentation of 30 hours of accredited, biofeedback-relevant continuing education.