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.
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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 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.
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:
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.
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.