Overview of Technician Neurofeedback Certification by Prior Experience


To qualify for technician neurofeedback certification by prior experience (CPE), you must be employed by an appropriately licensed, BCIA certified professional who is legally responsible for your work with a patient or client, and meet or exceed all of the requirements below:

1.  Didactic Training

You have learned the theory and practice of neurofeedback through one or a combination of the criteria below:

  • 36 hours of Blueprint-specific didactic training in neurofeedback through workshops or seminars (the equivalent of a basic Blueprint-specific didactic course for traditional neurofeedback certification)
  • a minimum of 16 hours of formal one-one-one professional didactic training with an outside instructor who meets qualifications as a BCIA-approved mentor or accredited training provider in a formalized workshop format with Blueprint-specific learning objectives
  • on-the-job training, including a minimum of 16 hours of direct one-on-one instruction with a BCIA-approved mentor, which includes education in Blueprint-specific objectives and practical neurofeedback applications

2.  Mentoring for Skill Development

You have spent at least 25 hours of contact time with a BCIA-approved mentor to develop your neurofeedback skills focusing on any of the following:

  • initial case consultation/protocol selection
  • reviewing client progress
  • ongoing case management
  • proper use of protocols
  • reviewing past cases
  • instrumentation and sensor placement skills

4.  Experience with Clients/Patients

You must have a minimum of 3,000 hours of direct, one-on-one experience using neurofeedback with clients/patients over at least five years. It is required that the majority of this work be done within the past 10 years. You must provide a written documentation of this work called a Statement of Practical Experience.

4.  Letters of verification

Submit at least three letters from neurofeedback professionals who have read and can verify your State of  Practical Experience.

5.  Training in Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, or Physiological Psychology For further information, refer to the Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology page.

6.  Validation Exam

Upon approval of your application, you will have 1 year to make arrangements to take the written exam to be used for validation purposes. You may take the exam using the special exam option.  Currently we work with an online proctoring service to monitor exam security for an additional $25. This service allows you to test on your own computer while they proctor you using cameras and artificial intelligence.  We are using your expertise to validate current and new exam items.

Where do I start?

The first step is to file your application with a non-refundable $150 filing fee.  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.  Please be sure to carefully read this document.  When you are ready to take the exam, you  must pay a $75 certification fee which entitles you to one scheduled seating of the exam.  All fees are non-refundable and must be in US funds and paid by check or credit card.  If using a credit card, you may pay online.

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Neurofeedback Certification
Why Choose BCIA Neurofeedback Certification?
Technician Certification
Entry-Level Certification
Certification by Prior Experience
Sample Statement of Practical Experience and Letters of Verification
Exam Information and Fee Schedule
Neuroanatomy and Neurohysiology
Didactic Training
Common Documents
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