Certification at a Glance
- Health care degree: A minimum of a BA/BS degree from a regionally accredited academic institution in a health care field such as psychology, medicine, counseling, nursing, etc. is required as well as completion of the following requirements:
- Human anatomy, human physiology, or human biology course
- Didactic education course covering the blueprint taken from a BCIA accredited training program.
- Mentoring to learn the application of clinical skills
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.
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, and respiration training.
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.
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, and 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.
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.
**If you have a license from a field such as medicine or psychology and your credential is in English, you do NOT need to submit evaluated transcripts for this.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the fees.
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. If this is your second BCIA certification (in addition to either the BCIA Neurofeedback or PMDB), the total fees for dual certification are $220.
All fees are non-refundable and must be in US funds and paid by check, money order, or credit card. If using a credit card, you may pay online or you may call the office at (720) 502-5829 with your credit card information. As stated above, 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.
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.
Candidates must demonstrate the completion of:
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 42-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.
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. For more information, please refer to Biofeedback Exam 101.
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. This supervisor should have training and experience with biofeedback and clinical experience with the populations and disorders being treated. For further clarification, please read this document.
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.
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. In order to sit for the certification exam, a $275 certification fee must be paid prior to scheduling the exam.
If this is your second BCIA certification (in addition to either the BCIA Neurofeedback or PMDB), the total fees for dual certification are $225.
All fees are non-refundable and must be in US funds and paid by check, money order, or credit card. If using a credit card, you may pay online or you may call the office at (720) 502-5829 with your credit card information.
Certification is valid for 4 years. To recertify, you must demonstrate completion of 48 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.