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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 as described below, you may request a special review to look for equivalency.
Didactic Education to learn the science, history, and theory of neurofeedback
Mentoring - Practical Skills Training
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 25 contact hours (2 must be face to face) with a BCIA-approved mentor to learn to apply the clinical neurofeedback skills through the review of:
Each session is to be a minimum of 20 minutes. More than 1 mentor may be used. Please visit the Neurofeedback Mentoring area of this website and carefully review the Mentoring Guidelines. Should you file your application prior to completion of this requirement, your mentor may use this statement to document the training.
BCIA offers mentoring webinars that provide 1 hour of contact time to review 2 case conference presentations. Please note that only 5 mentoring webinars may be used to fulfill the certification requirement as they will offer the full 10 case conference presentations. It is NOT recommended that you take all 5 webinars at once. Should you wish to take more mentoring webinars simply to learn, that is allowed; however you will only earn 5 contact hours using this method. Click here to see a list of the recorded sessions.
Essential Skills Checklist - This document must be completed and submitted with your other mentoring documentation.
Locating a Mentor - Lists of BCIA-certified providers who may serve as mentors are available through Find a Practitioner. Refer to the Mentoring Guidelines for further information.
BCIA offers a structured fee schedule to suit the financial realities in different countries and regions. Please use this link to see if your country may use a different fee structure. As you will notice, both the filing fee and the certification fees have been combined into one. Please contact BCIA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the fees.
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.