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 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.

Each session is to be a minimum of 20 minutes.  More than 1 mentor  may be used.  Please visit the Biofeedback 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.

Essential Skills List - This is a checklist to be completed by your mentor and submitted along with documentation of the 20 contact hours as described above.

  • Lists of BCIA-certified providers who may serve as mentors are available through Find a Practitioner. If you click on a name, you will see their email and you may wish to send them a note telling them of your background and experience using biofeedback and your need to find an appropriate mentor.
    **New in 2014 - 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.

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 info@bcia.org if you have any questions about the fees.

Filing an Application

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.





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