Overview of Entry-Level Biofeedback Certification

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.

3.  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 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:

  • 10 Sessions of Self-Regulation (you are the patient or the client and can even hook up yourself and send printouts of the sessions to the mentor for review and discussion)
  • 50 Patient/client sessions as follows:  10 sessions each of Thermal, EMG, and HRV.  The remaining 20 sessions are to include any combination of EMG, Thermal, GSR, HRV, and respiration training
  • 10 Case Studies which are full detailed patient/client stories from intake and protocol selection/adjustment, through discharge.  These cases may be presented to you by your mentor or they may be a client you have not yet reviewed with your mentor.  This is the only mentoring that can easily be done in an online group setting.

Filing an Application
Applications must be on file with all fees paid prior to considering the exam.

Certification 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.





Applicants Start Here
Biofeedback Certification
Why Choose BCIA Biofeedback Certification?
Technician Certification
Didactic Training
Common Documents
HRV Biofeedback Certification
Neurofeedback Certification
Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback Certification
HRV Certificate Program
Application Status
Online Payment Options
Is There a State/Regional Biofeedback Society Near you?