Overview of Clinical Entry-Level Biofeedback Certification

Overview of Requirements - Certification at a Glance

Basic Information

Please be sure to read this information carefully and consider the expense of each item and exactly how you will be able to document completion.  This will assure you that you have accurately evaluated all costs and time commitments. 

Biofeedback certification includes peripheral modalities such as EMG, temperature skin conductance, HRV, and respiration training. 

This certification is open to professionals who can document a BA/BS degree from clinical health care areas including, but not limited to, psychology, nursing (includes all licensed RNs), counseling, and therapy who hold a degree from a regionally-accredited academic institution (an Accredited Institution of Post-secondary Education as determined by the American Council on Education).  For a complete list of accepted health care degrees, read more....  Upon completion of these requirements, you will earn the designation Board Certified in Biofeedback or BCB™.

License for Independent Practice  When treating a medical or psychological disorder, you are required to hold a current license/credential issued by the state in which you practice in a BCIA-approved health care field. Without this license/credential, you must agree to work under the legal supervision of an appropriately-credentialed health care professional when working with a medical or psychological disorder.  This supervisor should have training and experience with biofeedback and clinical experience with the populations and disorders being treated.  This does not apply to those who work only in peak/optimal performance.  For further clarification, please read this document.

International Applicants - BCIA welcomes appropriately licensed/credentialed health care professionals from any country or region outside the United States and Canada.  Read more....

This brochure will provide a quick review of the certification program or for more detail, scroll down.

Certification Requirements

Candidates must demonstrate the completion of these three requirements and the written exam.  Should you believe you have completed a requirement in a legitimate way different than described below, you may request a special review to look for equivalency.

Human Anatomy/Physiology Course

A human anatomy, human physiology, or human biology course from a regionally-accredited academic institution covering the organization of the human body and all 11 systems is required.

Didactic Education

A 42-hour didactic education program specifically covering all topics as listed in the Blueprint of Knowledge is required and must be taken from either a BCIA-accredited training program or a regionally-accredited academic institution. If coursework in Instrumentation or Professional Conduct was taken through a prior accredited didactic workshop for a neurofeedback certification, these topics will not have to be repeated.

Mentoring - Practical Skills Training

Remember - if you are unlicensed and have no equipment, it may actually be that you are requesting an internship which is very different than merely learning the application of practical skills inside your own work place environment.

  • 20 contact hours spent with a BCIA-approved mentor to learn to apply clinical biofeedback skills through the review of 10 sessions of self-regulation, 50 patient/client sessions, and 10 case conference presentations. Should you file your application prior to completion of this requirement, your mentor may use this statement to document the training.
     
  • Lists of BCIA-certified providers who may serve as mentors are available through Find a Practitioner. Refer to the Mentoring Guidelines for further information.
    **New in 2014 - BCIA offers mentoring webinars that provide 1 hour of contact time to review 2 case conference presentations.  Please note that only 5 mentoring webinars may be used to fulfill the certification requirement as they will offer the full 10 case conference presentations.  It is NOT recommended that you take all 5 webinars at once. Should you wish to take more mentoring webinars simply to learn, that is allowed; however you will only earn 5 contact hours using this method. Click here to see a list of the recorded sessions.

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.  Please contact BCIA at info@bcia.org if you have any questions about the fees.

Filing an Application

Certification Exam

Requirements may be met in any order and do not have to be completed prior to the exam; however, we strongly recommend that the didactics and a good portion of the  mentoring be completed to ensure success.

 

 

 

 

Applicants Start Here
Biofeedback Certification
Why Choose BCIA Biofeedback Certification?
Clinical Certification
Technician Certification
Didactic Training
Mentoring
Common Documents
Neurofeedback Certification
Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback Certification
HRV Certificate Program
Application Status
Online Payment Options
Is There a State/Regional Biofeedback Society Near you?