BCIA Policies and Procedures
Technician-Level Board Certification in biofeedback is awarded upon successful completion of the following requirements:
You must work under appropriate supervision when working with a medical or psychological diagnosis.
Specific Instructions for Completing the Application
Please provide all information as completely as possible. Remember to use the same address on all correspondence.
An underlined segment denotes special instructions for completing a particular portion of the application.
Education - Highest Degree
No formal education is required, but please provide information regarding the highest degree you have completed.
Supervisor’s License/Credential for Independent Practice
You are required to work under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed health care professional who is currently BCB or BCN. This credential in a BCIA-approved health care field must be issued or recognized by the state in which you practice. This section applies to your supervisor of record. Should your work supervisor change, please notify BCIA immediately. Please include a copy of this license.
Item 1: Didactic Biofeedback Education - 48 Hours
Didactic education is outlined in detail in the Blueprint of Knowledge statement.
Documentation will be accepted in the following formats: transcript from an accredited academic institution with didactic biofeedback courses clearly marked or a certificate or letter of satisfactory completion from a BCIA-accredited training program listing the number of hours completed in each Blueprint area.
Item 2: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, or Human Biology Course
Applicants for Technician-Level Certification may satisfy the A & P requirement by:
BCIA has two other options for completing this requirement:
Please refer to the appropriate area of the website to read about these options in more detail.
Item 3: Internship with a BCIA-Approved Mentor: Practical Biofeedback Training- 10 Contact Hours
A Mentor’s Information Form must be on file for mentoring to be valid. Please refer to the BCIA Internship Practical Biofeedback Training Guidelines.
Item 4: Written Exam
Successful completion is required. The examination is offered in English only and is based on the Blueprint of Knowledge statements. These statements incorporate the basic principles of biofeedback in the blueprint areas that a candidate should know and are included as part of the application packet.
Written examinations are offered in the spring in conjunction with the AAPB Annual Meeting, in the fall at ISNR, and at other locations throughout the year. The three-hour examination consists of multiple-choice items. A passing score is determined by the Board.
Any concern which occurs during the written examination must be brought to the attention of the proctor immediately. Any issue not brought to the attention of the proctor should be reported in writing to BCIA within three days of the examination. Failure to do so may result in BCIA declining to take the issue into consideration.
If the candidate feels that an error was made in the scoring of the written examination, he/she may request a rescoring of the examination. This request must be in writing and accompanied by a rescoring fee of $50.
Further Information on the BCIA Program
Time Frame for Completing Certification Requirements
Once accepted, the application is valid for two years. If certification is not completed during that period, the candidate may request a two-year extension with payment of an application revalidation fee of $100 for two more years, $50 for an additional year, and $50 for six months.
Withdrawal and Reapplication
Verification of Information
All information submitted by the applicant is subject to verification. Falsification of information by a candidate is grounds for automatic rejection of the application, forfeiture of all fees, and denial of future applications for certification.
Recertification is obtained by:
Ten percent of all recertification applications are audited. In this event, BCIA will request documentation of the continuing education. Recertification applications are available in the Certificants area of the website. Recertification notification is sent to all certificants during their last year of certification. Successful candidates for recertification are issued new certificates valid January 1 until December 31 four years later, thereby maintaining continuity of certification.
Review within BCIA will be the final determination of all matters arising between the candidate and BCIA. However, if you believe grounds exist that would permit a court to overturn or modify BCIA’s action, you may seek redress only through arbitration in Denver, CO. We suggest that you consult an attorney before invoking the arbitration procedure.
The applicant shall be liable for the cost of any arbitration or court proceedings, including reasonable attorney fees, that are expended by BCIA in the defense of any proceedings brought by the applicant where the applicant does or does not prevail.
BCIA policies/guidelines, fees, and deadlines are subject to change without notice. BCIA has the prerogative to establish and reverse policies and procedures, including fees and dates for certification and recertification as deemed appropriate without notice. It is the candidate’s responsibility to stay current on any changes by maintaining regular contact with the BCIA Office.
Fees may be paid in US funds by check, money order, or credit card. In order to protect your account, please submit credit card information on a separate paper or you may call us and provide the information by phone.
Filing Fees = $150 to file an application, valid for 2 years ($50 if the applicant is enrolled in an advanced degree-granting program in a BCIA approved health area field at a regionally-accredited university)
Certification Fees = $75 which covers one scheduled seating of the written certification exam ($70 for individuals currently certified in neurofeedback)
Revalidation Fee = $25 - $100, dependent upon the length of time requested.
Recertification Fee = $225
Replacement or Duplicate Certificate Fee = $25
Exam Cancellation Fee = $50
Exam Retake Fee = $100
Exam Re-scoring Fee = $50
Special Exam Fee = $100 for paper pencil or $50 for the online version