Overview of Technician Certification by Prior Experience in Biofeedback


To qualify for Technician Certification by Prior Experience (CPE) in biofeedback, you must meet or exceed all four of the requirements below:

Didactic Training

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

  • 48 hours of Blueprint-specific didactic training in biofeedback through workshops or seminars (the equivalent of a basic Blueprint-specific didactic course for traditional biofeedback 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 biofeedback applications

Mentoring for Skill Development

You have spent at least 25 hours of contact time with a BCIA-approved mentor to develop your biofeedback 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

Experience with Clients/Patients

You have a minimum of 3,000 hours of direct, one-on-one experience using biofeedback with clients/patients over at least 5 years. It is required that the majority of this work be done within the past 10 years.

Training in Human Anatomy/Physiology

For further information, refer to the Anatomy and Physiology page.

Filing an Application

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 document.  Please be sure to carefully read this document.
All fees are non-refundable and must be in US funds and paid by check, money order, or credit card.  If using a credit card, you may pay online or you may call the office at (720) 502-5829 with your credit card information.

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 at any of the scheduled exam sites or may use the special exam option of an outside university or public library proctor for $100 for the paper/pencil or $25 for the online exam option. We are using your expertise to validate current and new exam items.

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Biofeedback Certification
Why Choose BCIA Biofeedback Certification?
Technician Certification
Entry Level
Certification by Prior Experience
Application Instructions
Sample Statement of Practice and Mentoring Letter
Information and Fee Schedule
Anatomy and Physiology
Didactic Training
Common Documents
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