Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)
The instructions for submitting an individual CBIS application is described below.
If after reviewing the guidelines and instructions below, you have questions about the new process,
please feel free to contact Jessica Kerney, ACBIS Coordinator, at 703-761-0750 x631 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All new paid applicants will receive a one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. This reflects a commitment to ensuring that Certified Brain Injury Specialists have access to the latest brain injury research, treatment and practice information.
1. Applicants must have had 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury.
2. Experience can be paid employment and/or academic internship.
3. The qualifying experience must have included formal supervision or have been conducted while the applicant operated under a professional license. Volunteer work does not qualify.
4. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
The process for submitting an individual CBIS Application with our new, online system is described further down this page. Instructions for group applications are found at the Group Administrator Page.
Please note that ACBIS applications are maintained for one year (starting with the date of application). After one year, applications will expire and applicants who have not completed the process (application approval, testing and retesting if necessary) will be required to reapply entirely if they wish to further pursue certification.
Official ACBIS training is provided by Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers (CBIST) and is offered at many BIAA state affiliate conferences and events as well as at many service providers across the country. Contact the ACBIS office to find a training site in your area or to arrange for a training to occur at your own facility. Training is not required to sit for the examination. You may complete self-study if you wish.
The Essential Brain Injury Guide can be ordered through this link: https://secure.biausa.org/detail.aspx?ID=465
Candidates must pass (80% or higher) on the certification examination. The exam can only be taken after all forms and fees have been submitted, processed and an approval email has been received. Applicants who have completed the training or self-study and are ready to take the examination must read the instructions further down this page.
The exam can also be offered to individuals as long as a CBIST or other approved individual proctors the exam. Please note: The certification fee does not include any expenses associated with proctoring an individually administered exam. If hiring an outside proctor is necessary, the applicant will be responsible for these costs.
Notification of Exam Score: Candidates will receive immediate notification via email of their exam score upon completing the online examination. Information about individual candidates and examination results will not be released to any party other than candidates or group administrators. Candidates' scores are NOT released to anyone, including the candidate, by telephone.
Retakes: Candidates who do not pass the examination on the first administration may take one retest within one year of the initial application date at no additional charge. An applicant who does not pass after two attempts is welcome to reapply when ready. Please get in touch with your Group Administrator or Proctor to coordinate this process.
Accommodations: Please visit this section of the ACBIS website for information on requesting examination accommodations.
The process described below is intended for those who are pursuing CBIS Certification on an individual basis.
If you are a part of a group, please contact your Group Administrator for further instructions.
*Please note that the forms require use of Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox*
*Ensure that all "Pop-Up" Blockers are disabled*
STEP ONE: Please complete and submit a USER ACCOUNT SETUP FORM. A confirmation email detailing your next steps will be sent to you.
STEP TWO: Upon your receipt of the User Account Setup Approval Email, you will need to complete and electronically submit the CBIS APPLICATION FORM – a link to this application is included with your confirmation email after submitting the User Account Setup Form. The following items are necessary to complete this application:
- Attach an electronic version of your resume to the application in the allotted area.
- You will need to have made a form of payment prior to clicking “Submit” on the application. If paying by check, you will need to provide a check number or, if paying by credit card, the BIAA Marketplace Confirmation number.
Payments made by credit card for individual applications ($300) can be processed through this link: https://secure.biausa.org/detail.aspx?ID=459
*Please note that applications will not be approved until payment has been confirmed.*
STEP THREE: TESTING AND CERTIFICATION PROCESS:
1. Please have your proctor* refer to the email that was sent to them after the completion of the
GROUP ADMINISTRATOR/PROCTOR ACCOUNT SETUP APPLICATION.
This email provides information that details the next steps of the testing process.
*If you are an individual applicant, you will need to identify a proctor. An acceptable proctor is a CBIST, colleague, or supervisor.
2. Upon passing the examination, certificants will receive their CBIS certificates via email to the email address they
provided on the initial application. Those who did not pass will receive their score via email to the email address provided on
the initial application.