NF Technician

NEUROFEEDBACK TECHNICIAN ENTRY LEVEL

Basic Information

Currently, this neurofeedback certification is offered only for those who are working and living in the United States and Canada and who are working for a licensed and BCIA certified professional who is providing legal supervision. This certification path has no specific educational prerequisites.  

Applicants for Technician Certification should be aware that:

  • This program is intended for individuals who are already employed as neurofeedback technicians; however, anyone is permitted to begin training.

  • Technicians must be legally supervised by those who are BCIA certified in neurofeedback, licensed and legally able to supervise non-licensed personnel, and must work within their supervisor’s specific scope of practice.  A technician is not allowed to supervise or mentor other applicants.

  • Should the employment change, the certification is no longer valid until the technician can once again demonstrate current employment in accordance with the standards as outlined above. 

  • Technician names are not listed on our provider directory as they are not considered independent clinicians.

Requirements

*New in 2023 – Due to inquires we have received for potential growth in the area of Neurofeedback Technicians, the board reviewed the requirements and have made some adjustments.  Please pay attention to the changes.  ALL applicants may choose how they wish to complete the requirements; however, they must consider their future career goals.

The following are the basic requirements for Technician Certification:

  • Proof of a neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, or physiological psychology course *BCIA has approved some courses that are less than what would be offered by a traditional university.  Applicants may select any of the options posted on the page above.

  • Didactic education course covering the 36-hour BCIA Blueprint of Knowledge statements from a regionally accredited academic institution or a BCIA Accredited Didactic Training ProgramDidactic training course must have been completed since 2015.  If completed prior to 2015, additional documentation of practice in Neurofeedback will need to be submitted and approved. *BCIA has approved a 20-hour Blueprint of Knowledge specific to a neurofeedback technician and their scope of work.  If you plan to complete a degree in one of our approved health care fields and will then consider full, entry level certification you will want to complete the 36-hour didactic training course.

  • Mentoring to learn the application of clinical skills. Mentoring Contact Hours refers to 10 hours of time spent to review 20 patient sessions and to learn basic equipment, electrode placements, and personal self-regulation skills. Additional information regarding mentoring can be found in our Neurofeedback Mentoring Handbook*Please note the updated Essential Skills List which was customized to represent what would be required for a technician.

  • Certification Exam - When you have been notified that your application has been accepted, you may make plans to take your using the Exam Request Form option. All exams are proctored by our online proctoring service. Additional information about the exam can be found here Exam FAQ

  • What if I need to reschedule? You are required to contact both the proctoring service and BCIA to let us know of your change of plans. Once your situation is resolved, you must reconnect with the proctoring service to find a new date and send that information to BCIA to ensure that we will have the exam open on that date and time. Should cancellation become habitual, we will charge a $25 cancellation fee. 

     

Requirements may be met in any order and do not have to be completed prior to the exam.

Filing an Application & Fees

Once you have investigated the program and are sure you are able to meet all the requirements, the first step is to file an application with a filing fee of $150.  Your application will be valid for two years.  When you are ready to take the certification exam, you must pay the $100 certification fee. All fees are non-refundable.

Once your application has been submitted and approved, you may make plans for the certification exam.

Neurofeedback Technician Certification Exam

**YOU MUST HAVE A VALID APPLICATION ON FILE BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THE EXAM!**

All exams must be proctored using our online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam on your own computer in your office or at home.  You must follow all the regular procedures - filing your application, paying all fees, filing the exam registration form showing us the date you selected.  Once this is all in place, we will connect you with the online proctoring service. This process will also save you money!

The Neurofeedback Exam for Technicians has been revised to be a shorter version that includes only those items as would be in the scope of work appropriate for a non-licensed person.

The exam may be taken at any time after approval of your application and payment of all fees; 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 approximately 50 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 Neurofeedback Exam 101, remembering that some of this information may be appropriate for those who are not technicians.

  • There is an additional $20 fee paid directly to the online proctoring service. 

  • A Core Reading List is provided to aid in preparation for the exam and to reinforce the learning of the science, history, and theory of neurofeedback.

  • After Certification fee of $100 is paid you may register for the exam using the Exam Registration Form  **APPLICATION FOR EXAM AND ALL FEES MUST BE PAID AT LEAST 1 WEEK PRIOR TO PREFERRED EXAM DATE**

Certification is valid for four years and recertification is based on the successful completion of the certification exam or the documentation of 30 hours of accredited, neurofeedback-relevant continuing education.

Click here to complete Neurofeedback Technician Certification Application