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Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS)

 

The instructions for submitting a PCBIS application are described below.

If after reviewing the guidelines and instructions below, you have questions about the process,

please feel free to contact Jessica Lucas, ACBIS Coordinator, at 703-761-0750 x631 or jlucas@biausa.org

What is a Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist?

This is the first time that ACBIS has opened the certification process to graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited University degree program. The intent is to provide in-depth training for those pre-professionals who intend to develop a career working with individuals who have an acquired or traumatic brain injury. To attain full certification, candidates must complete 500-hours of verified clinical employment and/or supervised academic internship experience working with individuals who have a brain injury within a 3-year period from the date of original PCBIS certification. A supervised academic internship is defined as an internship provided through an accredited College or University. This is an excellent foundation of knowledge to support an exciting clinical and/or academic career!

Benefits of Provisional Certification

  • Associated with the Brain Injury Association of America
  • Comprehensive knowledge in the field of brain injury rehabilitation
  • An integral member of an expanding group of professionals seeking to offer optimal care for individuals with a brain injury
  • Certification on resume gives competitive edge

Eligibility Requirement

Current enrollment in a graduate degree program at an accredited university in the following professions: allied health profession, psychology, pre-medical and special education.

If you have questions regarding your professions eligibility, please contact Jessica Kerney, ACBIS Coordinator, at 703-761-0750 x631.

Training

Provisional CBIS 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. Participation in an official training with allied disciplines is strongly recommended, but not required. You may complete self-study to prepare for the examination if you wish.

The Essential Brain Injury Guide is the study manual for the examination and can be ordered through this link: https://secure.biausa.org/detail.aspx?ID=465

Application

The process for submitting an individual PCBIS Application with our online system is described further down this 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.

Certification Examination

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 (professor or supervisor) 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.

Requirements to Attain Full Certification (CBIS)

  • 500-hours of verified clinical employment and/or supervised academic internship experience working with individuals who have a brain injury. A supervised academic internship is defined as an internship provided through an accredited College or University. These hours must have been obtained within a 3-year period from the date of original PCBIS certification. An additional application will need to be completed at the time of eligibility.
  • Payment of an activation fee of $100.00 for full certification (CBIS). This activation fee includes a one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR).This reflects a commitment to ensuring that Certified Brain Injury Specialists have access to the latest brain injury research, treatment and practice information.


Application Process for PCBIS

The process described below is intended for those who are pursuing PCBIS Certification.

*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 PCBIS 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.

The PCBIS Application fee is $150.

Payments made by credit card for PCBIS applications ($150) can be processed through this link: https://secure.biausa.org/detail.aspx?ID=699

*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 PCBIS 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.

 

Application Process for PCBIS to full CBIS certification.

The process described below is intended for those who are transitioning from PCBIS to full CBIS certification.

*Please ensure that you have met the requirements to transition to full certification.*

 

STEP ONE: Make your payment. The PCBIS to CBIS Application fee is $100 and includes a one year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR).

Payments made by credit card can be processed through this link: https://secure.biausa.org/detail.aspx?ID=709

Payments made by check can be mailed to the ACBIS Office.

*Please note that applications will not be approved until payment has been confirmed.*

STEP TWO: Please complete and submit a PCBIS TO CBIS APPLICATION. Upon submittal of this application, an Employment Verification Form will be e-mailed to the person listed as your supervisor on your application. Once ACBIS receives this verification and payment has been confirmed, your application will be approved and a CBIS certificate will be issued.