BCIA Board Certification for Neurofeedback

The BCIA Board Certification in Neurofeedback is a fundamental certification recognizing individuals who have demonstrated their competency in the field of neurofeedback.  This online module is the 36-hour didactic course necessary for final accreditation.

The BCN certification is available to individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a health care field, the Technician level certification (BCN-T) is available for individuals without a bachelor’s level degree in a health care field.

What this course includes

How-to videos of patient set ups

Quizzes and practice exams to test your knowledge

Videos of the founders of the field discussing their contributions

Steps to earning your BCN or BCN-T

The order of 3 through 5 need not be sequential.

  1. Submit an application to the BCIA here.
  2. Pay the $150 registration fee here.
  3. Take a live or online Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, or Physiological Psychology course and provide a transcript or proof of successful completion.
  4. Take a 36-hour didactic training course. Registration Coming Soon!
  5. Find a BCN-Approved Mentor and complete/document the following sessions:
    • 25 contact hours, 2 of which must be face-to-face. In these sessions, the mentor must document and sign off that the mentee has completed:
      • Personal Neurofeedback Training Demonstrating Ability to Self Regulate - 10 sessions
      • Clinical Neurofeedback Treatment with Clients/Patients - 100 sessions
      • Neurofeedback Case Studies with mentor - 10 Presentations (BCIA will also allow for 1 contact hour and 2 case conference presentation hours if mentees attend BCIA neurofeedback webinars)
  6. Register for and take the exam.
    • Applicants can apply to take the examination here.
    • An applicant requesting a special exam can apply here.
    • The fee for examination is $275 and can be submitted here.

Course Requirements

You need not fulfill any basic requirements to take the 36-hour didactic course. This course is available to anyone who desires to know more about neurofeedback and neurotherapy.

Exam

Every candidate for the BCN or BCN-T must complete a 3-hour written examination, which covers the course material from the 36-hour didactic course. The exam is 100 multiple choice questions. You must get 65% or better to pass. The BCIA exam is typically offered at the ISNR annual conference (held annually in autumn at varying locations) or at the AAPB conference (held annually in the spring at varying locations).

Eligibility

To qualify for the BCN, you must demonstrate a Bachelor’s level degree in a health care related field. Approved health care fields include: psychotherapy, psychology, nursing, (including 2-year registered nurses with license; not including LVNs or LPNs), physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, social work, counseling, chiropractic, exercise physiology, recreational therapy, speech pathology, physician's assistant (proof of certification or license needed), and sports medicine.

The following fields require a master's degree: music therapy and counseling education (M.Ed. in counseling). Appropriately credentialed doctors of medicine are also accepted. Degrees in health care fields other than those listed above must be submitted to the Certification Review Committee. BCIA will consider requests for special review for the demonstration of equivalency for most of our requirements, including prerequisite education. For answers to eligibility questions, please contact: info@bcia.org.

Course chapters

  1. Orientation to NFB (4 hours)
  2. Basic Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology (4 hours)
  3. Instrumentation and Electronics (4 hours)
  4. Research Evidence Base for Neurofeedback (2 hours)
  5. Psychopharmacological Considerations (2 hours)
  6. Patient/Client Assessment & Intake (4 hours)
  7. Developing Treatment Protocols (6 hours)
  8. Treatment Implementation (6 hours)
  9. Current Trends in NFB (2 hours)
  10. Ethics and Professional Conduct (2 hours)