Why Choose a BCIA-Certified Professional?
BCIA-certified professionals are internationally respected for six reasons.
1. BCIA is a not-for-profit entity that has been an effective advocate for our field. BCIA has been dedicated to a singular mission since 1981:
"BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and
progressively recertifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education."
2. BCIA certification programs are the only ones recognized by the three major international membership organizations: the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).
3. BCIA's certification programs are based on scientific evidence published in refereed journals. BCIA rejects narrow, unsubstantiated perspectives and the conflict of interest that exists when certification depends on a specific vendor's equipment, databases, and protocols. BCIA certification is based on a reading list, Blueprint of Knowledge, and Professional Standards and Ethical Principles that were developed following an extensive job analysis and that are regularly updated by a task force of international authorities in biofeedback. BCIA continually gathers data to validate and revise its exams through the psychometric process to ensure the relevance, integrity, and value of our certification program.
4. BCIA's certification exams adhere to the highest psychometric standards. We painstakingly evaluate and revise our exam on a regular basis. Several independent experts, who include clinicians and the most experienced educators in our field, regularly review exam items to ensure that the they represent key blueprint concepts, are sourced to our suggested reading list, and are psychometrically sound. We regularly replace outdated exam questions with new ones that are contributed, reviewed, and then validated by our certificants.
5. BCIA requires that our certificants adhere to one of the strongest ethical codes in our field as outlined in the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles document. In addition, we require that our certificants complete 3 hours of ethics continuing education when they renew their certification. Our rigorous ethical standards are one of the many reasons that our international colleagues have chosen BCIA certification.
6. BCIA's Board of Directors consists of clinicians, educators, and researchers who have guided the development and recognition of the modality. Our Board includes leaders in the fields from clinical practice, academia, and research who have contributed decades of service to our field.