Overview of Clinical Entry-Level Biofeedback Certification

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 involved and that you can successfully complete all requirements.  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.

This tutorial will help you understand BCIA's Biofeedback Certification program and will cover:

  1. Basic Information
  2. Requirements
  3. How to Satisfy the Anatomy and Physiology Requirement
  4. Where Do I Start?
  5. How to Navigate Through This Menu

Basic Information

Upon completion of these requirements, you will earn the designation Board Certified in Biofeedback or BCB™.

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

This brochure will provide a quick review of the certification program.

This certification is open to professionals 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 Postsecondary Education as determined by the American Council on Education). If you are unlicensed, a signed, sealed, original transcript from the university that granted your highest degree must be directly submitted to BCIA. If you carry an appropriate state-issued credential that allows you to practice independently in your state, please submit a copy of that license.

Acceptable Degrees

BCIA-approved health care fields include: psychology, nursing (including 2-year registered nurses with license; not LVNs or LPNs), physical therapy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, rehabilitation, chiropractic, recreational therapy, dental hygiene, physician's assistant (with certification or license), exercise physiology, speech pathology, sports medicine. The following fields require a master's degree: music therapy and counseling education (MEd in counseling). Appropriately-credentialed doctors of medicine and dentistry are also accepted. Degrees in health care fields other than those listed above must be submitted to the Certification Review Committee.

Only the highest degree earned in a BCIA approved health care field from a regionally accredited academic institution will be listed on the Find a Practitioner area of this website.

BCIA will consider requests for special review for the demonstration of equivalency for most of our requirements, including prerequisite education. However, degree review requests must be compared to a BCIA-approved clinical health care field.

International
BCIA welcomes appropriately credentialed health care professionals from any country or region outside the United States and Canada. Until such time as a country or region forms a BCIA affiliate organization (a la Australia), then BCIA will require all applicants for certification who reside outside the US or Canada to demonstrate that they have a license to practice in an approved health profession in the country where they reside. Degrees earned outside the United States must be translated and evaluated by an organization that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at www.naces.org.

Filing an Application

Candidates may file an application at any time during the certification process and pay all fees. Fees include $150 filing fee which must be paid at the time the application is submitted plus a $275 certification fee, a total of $425. The filing fee will be reduced to $50 if an applicant can document that he/she is currently enrolled in an advanced degree program at a regionally-accredited academic institution in a BCIA-approved health care field. Total fees for current students in this category amount to $325. All fees must be in US funds and paid by check, money order, or credit card. For additional information about the application refer to the Application Instructions. More detailed information about the certification process may be found in the BCIA Policies, Exams, and Fees. If this is your second BCIA certification (in addition to either the BCIA Neurofeedback or PMDB), the total fees for dual certification are $220.

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 document. 

Requirements

Candidates must demonstrate the completion of:

Didactic Education

  • 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.
  • A 48-hour didactic education program specifically covering all topics as listed in the Blueprint of Knowledge. The program must be taken from either a regionally-accredited academic institution or a BCIA-accredited training program. 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.

Practical Skills Training

  • 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.
  • Lists of BCIA-certified providers who may serve as mentors are available through Find a Practitioner. Refer to the Mentoring Guidelines for further information.

Written Certification Exam

The exam may be taken at any time after approval of your application; however,  we recommend it as the last requirement in the certification process. The examination is offered in English only and is based on the Blueprint of Knowledge Statements. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice items sourced from the Core Reading List.  The number of exam items from a blueprint area correspond to the number of hours in that rubric; the smaller the rubric, the fewer questions will be in the exam from that content area.

  • The written certification exam may be taken either at one of the scheduled exam sites or through the special exam option which allows a pre-approved candidate to schedule their exam using a university or other approved testing site with a proctor.
  • Special exams fees: $100 for the paper/pencil version, $50 for online testing software.
  • A Core Reading List is provided to aid in preparation for the exam and to reinforce the learning of the science, history, and theory of biofeedback.

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 supervision of an appropriately-credentialed health care professional when working with a medical or psychological disorder.

Where Do I Start?

The first step to certification is filing an application. Application documents include: Application, Application Instructions, Blueprint of Knowledge, Mentoring Guidelines, Core Reading List, Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback, and Exam Registration Form.

You must agree to abide by the BCIA Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback and follow the appropriate rules and regulations of their profession and their state. Requirements may be completed in any order.

A completed application must include a signed, sealed, original transcript to be received directly from the granting institution if you are unlicensed, and payment of filing fees. If you carry a valid state-issued health care license, you may submit a copy of your license without the transcript. Once your application has been approved and fees received, you may schedule a time for your exam.

Fees

The application may be submitted with the $150 filing fee; $50 if an applicant can document that he/she is currently enrolled in an advanced degree program at a regionally-accredited academic institution in a BCIA-approved health care field.

If this is your second BCIA certification (in addition to either the BCIA Neurofeedback or PMDB), the total fees for dual certification are $220.

Recertification

Certification is valid for 4 years. To recertify, you must demonstrate completion of 55 hours of continuing education that includes 3 hours of professional conduct/ethics course work and must attest that your license/credential has not been suspended, investigated, or revoked. Recertification fees range from $225 to $275, depending on when you file your application.

How to Navigate Through This Menu

Now that you have covered Basic Information, Requirements, How to Satisfy the Anatomy and Physiology Requirement, and Where Do I Start?, you may review the Application, Application Instructions, and BCIA Policies, Exams & Fees.

Applicants Start Here
Biofeedback Certification
Why Choose BCIA Biofeedback Certification?
Clinical Certification
Entry-Level Certification
Overview
Application
Application Instructions
BCIA Policies, Exams & Fees
Anatomy and Physiology
Certification by Prior Experience
Technician Certification
Didactic Training
Mentoring
Common Documents
Neurofeedback Certification
Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback Certification
HRV Certificate Program
Application Status