Certification at a Glance
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 and time commitments.
This brochure will provide a quick review of the certification program or for more detail, scroll down.
Candidates must demonstrate the completion of these three requirements and the written exam. Should you believe you have completed a requirement in a legitimate way different than described below, you may request a special review to look for equivalency.
1. Human Anatomy/Physiology Course
A comprehensive course in human anatomy, human physiology, or human biology course covering the organization of the human body and all 11 systems, taken from a regionally-accredited academic institution is required. Candidates should complete a course that best supports their biofeedback practice.
2. Didactic Education
A 42-hour didactic education program specifically covering all topics as listed in the Blueprint of Knowledge is required and must be taken from either a BCIA-accredited training program or a regionally-accredited academic institution. 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.
Mentoring can begin when the candidate can demonstrate some basic competence with equipment and is only the time spent reviewing the actual work as outlined by BCIA. Primarily working on equipment issues or technical support is not mentoring and should not be included. BCIA does not stipulate when this mentoring can begin and in fact one may have completed the process prior to applying for certification.
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.
You are required to spend 20 contact hours (2 must be face to face) with a BCIA-approved mentor or mentors learning to apply hands-on biofeedback skills through the review of the following:
Filing an Application
Applications must be on file with all fees paid prior to considering the exam.
Requirements may be met in any order and do not have to be completed prior to the exam; however, we strongly recommend that the didactics and a good portion of the mentoring be completed to ensure success. Applications must be on file and approved prior to considering the exam.