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The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists provides a certification program that intends for individuals to become familiar with a broad range of issues relevant to the care of people with acquired brain injuries. The training material and testing requirement was developed for unlicensed, non-professional staff to help raise their skill level and contribution as an integral part of interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams. This training material has also proved helpful to professionals who do not have a background in brain injury rehabilitation or  rehabilitation professionals who wish to broaden their education in their efforts to adequately serve this population. This certification also assists consumers in their efforts to identify facilities and professionals committed to maintaining a basic level of skill and knowledge as regards the needs of those recovering from a brain injury. However, it does not confer or imply the acquisition of advanced training or expertise in brain injury rehabilitation. As such, this certification does not inherently expand a professional’s scope of practice but might be part of their continuing education or post-academic development. Professionals from disciplines that might serve brain injury survivors must follow the practice guidelines as set forth by their oversight licensing and academic organizations.

Certification as a Brain Injury Specialist or Brain Injury Specialist Trainer is a designation that indicates the following:

  1. The individual has met the minimum application standards for certification.
  2. The individual passed the certification examination.
  3. The individual is in good-standing as regards renewal costs and continuing education requirements.
  4. The certificant is familiar with a broad range of issues important in the care of brain injury survivors which may inform their work with these consumers.
  5. And, in the case of a Trainer, is qualified to provide training to others seeking this certification.

Certification as a Brain Injury Specialist or Brain Injury Specialist Trainer neither implies nor warrants:

  1. That the certificant is an expert in brain injury rehabilitation.
  2. That the certificant is qualified to offer professional services without the appropriate license or provide unsupervised treatment.

Misuse of the certification as noted above would be in violation of the ACBIS Ethics Policy and could result in revocation of the certification.

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Tax Exempt Status: The National Certification Board (“ACBIS”) is a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the District of Columbia. ACBIS is also tax exempt under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.  ACBIS undertakes its activities in accordance with its nonprofit and tax exempt status and all applicable laws.

Copyright:  All materials on this website are owned or licensed by ACBIS and are protected under the copyright laws of the United States and under applicable international treaties and conventions.  Copyright 2002 ACBIS.  All rights reserved. Any reproduction, retransmission, or republication of all or part of any materials on this site is expressly prohibited, except that ACBIS permits the reproduction and use of the information and materials on this site for the sole purpose of obtaining information about, and applications for, ACBIS certification programs.  ACBIS also may expressly grant its consent to reproduce, retransmit, or republish such materials upon prior written request. 

Trademarks:  The names, trademarks, service marks, and logos of ACBIS appearing on this site are owned by ACBIS (see, e.g., United States Patent and Trademark Registration Numbers ________) and may not be used in any advertising, publicity, or otherwise to indicate ACBIS certification or affiliation, without ACBIS’s prior express written permission or unless use by Certificants is authorized by ACBIS.  Current Certificants are only authorized to use the marks in the manner and for the purposes set forth in this website, or in other materials, policies, and procedures adopted and promulgated by ACBIS.  Use such marks in a manner not consistent with such policies may result in discipline including reprimand, suspension, or revocation and the loss of the use of such marks.  Use of such marks without authorization also may result in an action for trademark infringement.

Certifications: ACBIS does not guarantee, warrant, or endorse the products or services of any firm, organization, or person.  Certification by ACBIS indicates that a person has met the specific requirements of the certification process, but is not a guarantee of competency, accuracy, or any particular treatment result.  Information about Certificants is provided by the Certificants themselves and ACBIS is not responsible for any incorrect or out-dated information about Certificants, including their office addresses or any other contact information.  ACBIS does not assume any duty to the public for the services of Certificants, or for any information about Certificants or any other person or entity participating in or receiving professional services from Certificants.  ACBIS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE, INJURY, CLAIM, OR OTHERWISE, WHETHER AN ACTION IN CONTRACT OR TORT AND SHALL FURTHER NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, OR DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND EXPENSES).

Website Notices

Website Disclaimer:  ACBIS makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy or suitability of any information or materials on this website; all such content is provided on an “as is” basis.  ACBIS HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES REGARDING THE CONTENTS OF THIS SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ALL WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. 

Public comments:  The public comment section of this website is offered as an opportunity for Certificants and interested parties to provide comments about related issues.  Any reproduction, retransmission, or republication of all or part of any posting on this site is expressly prohibited, unless ACBIS or the copyright owner of the material has expressly granted its prior written consent to so reproduce, retransmit, or republish the material.  No information, software, or other material protected by copyright should be posted or uploaded onto this site without the permission of the copyright owner.  By uploading information, software, or other material onto this site, the uploading party warrants and represents that it owns the copyright in such information, software, or other material, or has received permission from the person or entity who owns the copyright in such information, software, or other material.  By uploading information, software, or other material, the uploading party grants ACBIS and users of the ACBIS site the non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, and perpetual right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information, software, or other material.  Subject to the grant of this license, the uploading party retains any other rights that the party may have in such information, software, or other material.  ACBIS reserves the right, but has no obligation, to review and remove any statements, information, or materials that are posted by third parties onto this site or statements, information, or materials that ACBIS in its discretion considers to be inappropriate, defamatory, harmful, or otherwise objectionable that are posted on this site.  Notwithstanding the reservation of this right, ACBIS is not responsible for statements, information, or material posted by any third party and specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages which result from any postings by third parties.  ACBIS reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these standards, policies, and procedures.

Links:  Although ACBIS may include links providing direct access to other Internet sites, ACBIS has not participated in the development of those other sites, and does not exert any editorial or other control over those other sites.  ACBIS, therefore, takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on, or reliability, security, or privacy policies of, those other sites.

Security:   The website uses 128 bit encryption/SSL technology when you log on to the site in an effort to provide a secure environment that is protected from third party access, alteration, theft, or misuse of the personal information gathered or confirmed.

Privacy Policy
This Privacy Policy sets out ACBIS’s policies regarding treatment of information that may be considered to be private and demonstrates our commitment to your data privacy; it governs both our offline and online data collections practices.  We may change the content or services found on the website at any time without notice, and consequently our Privacy Policy may change at any time in the future. You agree to revisit this page regularly and your continued access to or use of the website will mean that you agree to the changes. 
Public Areas:When using the public portion of the website, you can do so anonymously.  You are not required to provide us with any personal information and we do not monitor or collect any personally identifiable information from you on your use of the public portions of the website. We may track the number of users who visit areas of the website for internal use such as improving accessibility to website facilities and marketing, but this tracking will not identify you. We may also record the location of your computer on the Internet for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes and for reporting aggregate information. 
Use Of Personal Information: We use the personal and professional information that applicants and Certificants provide when completing application and recertification forms, completing questionnaires and surveys, and completing or updating your profiles, in order to:

  1. meet our mission to communicate information tour stakeholders,
  2. provide notice of important events, activities, and proposals,
  3. provide opportunities for networking and professional events,
  4. provide a directory accessible to others (Certificants have the ability to choose to list certain information),
  5. compile and provide mailing, approval, and attendance lists for examinations and meetings, and
  6. provide a list of members of committees and the Board of Directors.

ACBIS permits use of the list of Certificants for purposes related and beneficial to the profession, such as licensing the list to nonprofit associations in related fields, providers of education, and providers of related products and services.  Certificants may “opt-out” of having their information used for such purposes by notifying ACBIS.  Otherwise, ACBIS does not sell, lease or provide to any person or organization personal information except as specified above. ACBIS does not disclose credit card account information, except to submit the necessary information to the appropriate clearinghouse


Your Queries: If you have any questions regarding privacy issues, would like to change information that you have provided, or suspect that ACBIS has handled your data in a manner that does not comply with this Privacy Policy, please contact ACBIS at acbis@biausa.org.


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