Successful completion is required. The examination is offered in English only and is based on the Blueprint of Knowledge statements. These statements incorporate the basic principles as outlined in the Blueprint of Knowledge Statements for Neurofeedback.
Written examinations are offered in the spring in conjunction with the AAPB Annual Meeting, in the fall at ISNR, and at other locations throughout the year. You may schedule your exam using a university or public library proctor under our special exam program. An online special exam is $50 and a paper/pencil exam is $100 additional.The three-hour examination consists of multiple-choice items. A passing score is determined by the Board; however the current exam version requires 65% correct answers to pass.
Any concern which occurs during the written examination must be brought to the attention of the proctor immediately. Any issue not brought to the attention of the proctor should be reported in writing to BCIA within three days of the examination. Failure to do so may result in BCIA declining to take the issue into consideration.
If the candidate feels that an error was made in the scoring of the written examination, he/she may request a rescoring of the examination. This request must be in writing and accompanied by a rescoring fee of $50.
Time Frame for Completing Certification Requirements
Once accepted, the application is valid for two years. If certification is not completed during that period, the candidate may request an extension with payment of an application revalidation fee depending upon how long the extension will be.
Withdrawal and Reapplication
All fees are non-refundable. If an application has been withdrawn, the individual may reapply by submitting a new application, meeting current requirements, and paying new fees. BCIA is not responsible to keep the original documents on file.
Verification of Information
All information submitted by the applicant is subject to verification. Falsification of information by a candidate is grounds for automatic rejection of the application, forfeiture of all fees, and denial of future applications for certification.
Recertification is obtained by
Ten percent of all recertification applications are audited. In this event, BCIA will request documentation of the continuing education. Recertification applications are available in the Certificants area of the website. Recertification notification is sent to all certificants during their last year of certification. Successful candidates for recertification are issued new certificates valid January 1 until December 31 four years later, thereby maintaining continuity of certification.
These policies are posted on the application. When you sign your application, you are agreeing to these policies and any changes as may be made periodically.
1. In these policies and procedures of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) for Dispute Resolution, "policies and procedures" refers to the policies and procedures of the BCIA as they may be amended from time to time.
2. The form of application for certification and recertification by BCIA shall include the following agreement which sets forth five points which reflect the policies and procedures with respect BCIA's certification programs, is incorporated in these policies and procedures and is to be separately signed and dated by the applicant:
• I, the undersigned, do hereby make voluntary application to the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance - formerly the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA). I certify that the information given by way of this application is true, honest, and completely represents me.
• I will conform to all applicable local, state, and federal regulations and conduct myself consistent with the highest standards relating to my profession and specialty.
• I have received, read and agree to be bound by the BCIA Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback (PSEP) and their policies and procedures. I understand that the PSEP and any BCIA policies and procedures may be amended from time to time and that I am bound by these documents as amended. I also understand that in accordance with such policies and procedures:
(a) the final determination of any dispute arising between me and BCIA will be made by its board of directors and that I will be bound by the board's determination and may not seek review;
(b) however, if grounds exist that would permit a court to overturn or modify the board's determination or otherwise act in the matter, that I will seek redress only in Denver, CO and only by arbitration in accordance with such policies and procedures; and
(c) because I have agreed that the board's determination is final and binding upon me, I am likely to be required to pay the costs, reasonable attorney fees and other expenses of BCIA in any proceedings instituted by me.
• I understand and agree that BCIA and its affiliates assume no responsibility for my actions or activities. I practice at my own risk and hereby release BCIA from any and all liability from any practice decisions I make.
• I hereby give permission to BCIA to contact individuals or agencies listed for verification of information submitted. I recognize that failure to do so may result in disciplinary action including suspension or revocation of my certification.
3. The venue for any arbitration under these policies and procedures and proceedings with respect to the arbitration or other redress sought by a party who has agreed to be bound by the policies and procedures, shall be the city and county of Denver, state of Colorado, United States of America.
4. The arbitrator shall be designated by the board of directors.
5. The board of directors may specify a set of rules with respect to the arbitration that the arbitrator designated is familiar with. However, in the case of any conflict between any provision of the policies and procedures and a provision of such rules, the provision of the policies and procedures controls over the provision of such rules to the extent of any inconsistency.
6. The institution of any action, suit or other proceeding by a party bound by these policies and procedures that is not permitted under these policies and procedures shall be considered as a demand for arbitration under these policies and procedures and the board of directors may designate an arbitrator to hear and determine the matter and specify a set of rules with respect to the arbitration. The arbitrator shall enter an award which shall be dispositive of all matters raised in such other action or proceeding and any other matters as may be raised by such party to the extent permitted by the policies and procedures.
7. The arbitrator shall have the power and authority to determine the validity and scope of the arbitration agreement of the parties, the jurisdiction of the arbitrator, the arbitrability of matters presented, whether or not a party is bound by these policies and procedures, and all other matters to the fullest extent as may be permitted by an arbitration agreement of the parties under the proposed act for arbitration as revised and promulgated by the Uniform Law Commission in the year 2000 known as the Uniform Arbitration Act (2000) as such act is informed by the prefactory note and comments issued by the Uniform Law Commission with the act as so revised and promulgated, or, if more extensive power or authority may be conferred upon an arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act, then to the fullest extent as may be permitted under the Federal Arbitration Act with respect to any such matter.
8. The arbitrator is bound in making the award and his or her other determinations by the PSEP as the PSEP may be amended from time to time and by these policies and procedures. The arbitrator shall have no power or authority to act or refrain from acting in any manner that is inconsistent in any respect with either the PSEP as so amended or these policies and procedures. The foregoing two sentences control over the other policies and procedures as they relate to
arbitration or other redress by an applicant.
BCIA policies/guidelines, fees, and deadlines are subject to change without notice. BCIA has the prerogative to establish and reverse policies and procedures, including fees and dates for certification and recertification, as deemed appropriate without notice. It is the candidate’s responsibility to stay current on any changes by maintaining regular contact with the BCIA Office.
Fees may be paid in US funds by check, money order, or credit card and are non-refundable. In order to protect your account, please use our online payment system.
Filing Fees = $150 to file an application, valid for 2 years ($50 if the applicant is enrolled in an advanced degree-granting program in a BCIA-approved health area field at a regionally-accredited university)
Certification Fees = $275 covering one scheduled seating of the written certification exam ($75 for individuals currently certified in biofeedback)
Revalidation Fee = $50 - 100, depending upon the time requested
Recertification Fee = $225 depending upon when you file your paperwork.
Replacement or Duplicate Certificate Fee = $25
Exam Cancellation Fee = $50
Exam Retake Fee = $100
Exam Re-scoring Fee = $50
Special Exam Fee = $100 for paper pencil or $50 for the online version