BCIA Policies and Procedures
Board certification in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction is awarded upon successful completion of the following requirements:
Specific Instructions for Completing the Application
Please provide all information as completely as possible. Remember to use the same address on all correspondence.
The following describes the Education/Training Requirements for certification. Provide a signature or separate letter for Items 1 through 5 on the application and enclose the necessary documentation. Clearly reference all documentation submitted by numbering each document accordingly.
An underlined segment denotes special instructions for completing that particular portion of the application.
Item 1: Current BCIA Certification Number (if applicable)
Please include your current certification number. This applies only to certificants carrying a current, valid BCIA certification in Biofeedback. Please contact BCIA if you have let this certification lapse.
Item 2: Education - Highest Degree
A bachelor degree or higher from a regionally-accredited academic institution in a BCIA-approved health care field is required. BCIA-approved health care fields include: psychology, medicine, nursing (including two-year registered nurses with a current license; not LVNs or LPNs), physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician’s assistant (with certification or license). Enter the educational institution, degree, date awarded, and BCIA-approved health care field for the highest degree received in a BCIA health care field. Please request the institution to send a sealed official copy of a transcript showing your highest degree directly to BCIA.
If you are currently BCIA-certified in Biofeedback, please check with the office to see if this document is already on file. Degrees earned outside of the United States will be accepted only if the documents have been translated and evaluated by an agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
Item 3: License/Credential for Independent Practice
Complete this section on the application and provide a copy of your license/credential issued by an agency in the state in which you practice.
If your license has ever been suspended or revoked or is currently under review for any reason, explain in a separate letter marked “Item 3-B, 3-C, or 3-D” as appropriate.
Item 4: Human Anatomy/Physiology
This course work should be documented by your transcripts.
Item 5: Didactic Biofeedback Education - 24 Hours
Didactic education is outlined in detail in the Blueprint of Knowledge statement. Please submit copies of the certificate(s) of attendance from a BCIA-accredited training program that verify the didactic training for each Blueprint area and the hours taught.
Clinicians who are currently BCIA-certified in Biofeedback do not have to complete Section I of the blueprint. They must, however, show appropriate proof of didactic education in the other four content areas and must complete the practicum.
Item 6: Practical Biofeedback Training and Mentoring Contact Hours
At least two mentoring hours are to be direct face-to-face observation. If you are using more than one mentor, you may have the first mentor mark the application to reflect actual time spent. The others may submit separate letters documenting the completion of the requirements OR you may have all mentors write letters to BCIA attesting completion of mentoring requirements using the same language as found on the application.
Provide your BCIA-approved mentor’s signature on the application or in a separate letter specifying that you completed the requirements for clinical training as outlined.
Without your signature, the application is invalid.
Further Information on the BCIA Program
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 of pelvic muscle dysfunction biofeedback for the treatment of elimination disorders and pelvic pain syndromes.
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. The three-hour examination consists of multiple-choice items. A passing score is determined by the Board.
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.
Withdrawal and Reapplication
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 three years later, thereby maintaining continuity of certification.
Review within BCIA will be the final determination of all matters arising between the candidate and BCIA. However, if you believe grounds exist that would permit a court to overturn or modify BCIA’s action, you may seek redress only through arbitration in Denver, CO. We suggest that you consult an attorney before invoking the arbitration procedure.
The applicant shall be liable for the cost of any arbitration or court proceedings, including reasonable attorney fees, that are expended by BCIA in the defense of any proceedings brought by the applicant where the applicant does or does not prevail.
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. In order to protect you, please submit credit card information on a separate paper or you may call us and provide the information by phone.
Filing Fees = $245 if the applicant is a member of APTA, AOTA, SUNA, or AAPB
$295 for non-affiliated professionals
$195 to file an application, valid for 2 years, if you are currently BCIA-certified in biofeedback
Application Withdrawal Fee = $75
Recertification Fee = $150
Replacement or Duplicate Certificate Fee = $25
Exam Cancellation Fee = $50
Exam Retake Fee = $100
Exam Rescoring Fee = $50
Special Exam Fee = $100 for paper pencil or $50 for the online version