How Can I Become Recertified in Biofeedback?
Candidates for recertification must complete 55 hours of accredited continuing education related to the Blueprint, relevant to biofeedback and/or the disorder you may be treating with the majority of your hours being biofeedback-specific. Senior fellow may use the online or the printable recertification form. Individuals certified in both General and Neurofeedback may use CE credits from accredited providers for recertification in both programs.
Three of the required hours must be related to ethics and professional standards, and the 25 hours of elective continuing education are no longer required; however, we do encourage you to continue to read and study good materials that are outside of the accredited work.
Accredited work is described as follows:
**New in May, 2012 – BCIA has now officially adopted the use of formal mentoring as a way to fulfill a maximum of 20 hours of the required ce for both biofeedback and neurofeedback recertification. This work must be done by a BCIA approved mentor selected using the same parameters as when seeking original certification. Additionally, the work done must be logged and signed off by both the mentor and the candidate using this form.
College Courses - Registered attendance in an undergraduate or graduate course approved and offered through a regionally-accredited academic institution.
Professional Instruction - Teaching at a regionally-accredited academic institution or at a nationally-recognized, accredited professional venue is counted as class time. In addition, two hours of preparation time are allowed for each hour of instruction time.
Professional Organization Courses - Continuing education courses offered through a professional organization or private agency. Such courses must be approved through an accrediting agency (AMA, ANA, APA, etc.). Documentation should indicate the accrediting agency.
Professional Preparation - Authorship of a peer-reviewed document (journal, manuscript, written or edited textbook chapter, platform or poster presentation critiqued or otherwise reviewed by formally-designated professional colleagues). Credit for publications is allowed as follows:
Research - Per special review on an individual basis.
Chapter/State Meetings - AAPB Chapter/State/Regional Biofeedback Society Meeting hours apply toward recertification.
Podcasts - Used in a course through a regionally-accredited educational institution or approved continuing education.
Distance Education/Home Study Courses - Courses relevant to the Blueprint offered by a regionally-accredited university, the national body of your profession, or a BCIA-accredited training program.
Patent - Approved patents within a Blueprint area - 10 hours.
Mentoring of Candidates - BCIA-approved mentors should submit candidate’s name, address, and phone number. Upon verification, BCIA allows five continuing education hours for each candidate if a minimum of 15 hours of mentoring was provided. Attendance at the BCIA Mentor’s Workshop is worth 2 hours of continuing education.
Exam Item Construction - One-half hour of accredited continuing education will be given for reading an article, documented published book, or study from a peer-reviewed journal and preparing an examination question. The examination item should be comprised of a question, correct answer, and three distracters (incorrect answers), and sourced from the Core Reading List. A maximum of 20 hours per four-year certification period is allowed (i.e. 40 questions maximum). Test question forms are available from BCIA upon request.