Certification Renewal Process
order to maintain certification, both Certified
Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS) and Certified
Brain Injury Specialist Trainers (CBIST) are required to pay
annual renewal fees and either (1) satisfy continuing
education requirements or (2)
retake and pass the examination.
The annual renewal requirements and instructions on how to submit your materials are described in detail below.
Please note that certificants who do
not submit the required fee and renewal application (including continuing education
documentation) will become inactive after 60-days post certification expiration date. Certificants who do not renew within this 60-day grace period will be required to resubmit all application materials (including fee) and retake the examination.
Please note that the ACBIS Board of Governors enacted changes to renewal requirements.
The following is effective June 1, 2012:
CBIS: Required annual continuing education hours have been increased to 10 from 6
CBIST: Required annual continuing education hours have been increased to 15 from 12
*The ACBIS Renewal Process is now entirely online! The process for renewing your certification is described below. If, after reviewing the instructions, 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*
Each year, certificants must submit the renewal
fee ($60) and complete the online renewal
form, found by the expiration date printed on the original certificate. Documentation of continuing
education accrual is included on the renewal form.
A random sampling of 10% of renewal applicants
will be contacted to submit documentation for
completion of continuing education activities
listed on the renewal form.
If this is your first year renewing your ACBIS Certification, please note that your FREE one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation is coming to an end. As an exclusive benefit, renewing ACBIS certificants have the opportunity to renew subscriptions to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation for only $50 per year (regular subscription price is $129.99). You may purchase this in our bookstore, through this link: https://secure.biausa.org/detail.aspx?ID=490
10 contact hours of continuing education (CE)
are required every year.
15 contact hours of continuing education (CE)
are required every year.
Education (CE) Options: CBIS and CBIST
The following list provides examples of continuing
education options approved for CE requirements
for both CBISs and CBISTs. Continuing education
hours may be distributed across the areas listed
below. However, certificants must obtain CE hours
from a minimum of 2 of the options listed
audited, certificants must submit evidence of
continuing education hours. Approved documentation
may include continuing education unit transcripts/letters
from national organizations, college transcripts,
or proof of attendance at in-services/seminars/workshops.
Attendance or Presentations at State and National
Conferences with lectures related to brain
injury (All contact hours for BIAA conferences
could be applied). For other professional conferences
(i.e. ASHA), contact hours will only be applied
for lectures specifically related to brain injury.
This option applies to both conference attendees
and conference presenters of brain injury related
College/University courses related to brain
injury (contact hours can equal no more than 50%
of required CE contact hours).
Facility In-Services related to brain injury
(in-services, lectures, or workshops provided
within work environment).
Webinars that are professionally oriented and related to brain injury.
The Brain Injury Association of America sponsors quarterly webinars
on various topics related to brain injury. Brain
injury professionals from around the country
conduct the webinars.
The dates and times of upcoming
webinars are posted here: https://secure.biausa.org/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=61.
Certificants are also welcome to purchase recordings of past webinars for CE credit. These can be found here: https://secure.biausa.org/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=12.
Journal Article Review: Certificants may read
current (within the past 3 years) brain injury
related articles from peer-reviewed journals.
Journals specific to brain injury (i.e., Journal
of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Brain Injury) or
special editions of journals that highlight brain
injury (i.e., Behavioral Interventions, 2000,
v. 15, n. 3) are recommended. Certificants should complete this Journal Article Review Form or written
answers to questions posted at the end of the
article (this is done by some journals) and maintain the form or written answers in personal files in case the renewal is audited, at which time they should be submitted. One contact
hour will be awarded for each article reviewed.
Journal Study Groups: Certificants may organize
journal study groups that meet regularly to review
and discuss specific articles related to brain
injury. These groups may be formed for the purpose
of satisfying CBIS continuing education as well
as other specific professional certification requirements
(i.e., ASHA). Group members should take brief
notes at their meetings. Group meeting notes may
be submitted for CE documentation. One contact
hour will be awarded for each meeting.
Published Articles: Authors of brain injury
related articles can apply credits toward their
CE requirement. Peer reviewed journals are preferred
but are not required. Newsletter articles do not
apply. Primary authors can receive 3 contact hours
per article; secondary authors can receive 2 contact
CBIS and CBIST Renewal Process
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Step One - Payment:
You will need to have either completed your payment through our bookstore (links listed below) or have a check number in order to submit your renewal application. Instructions for where the check should be mailed are listed on the application. If you wish to pay by credit card, you can do so through one of these two links:
Step Two - Electronically Submit Your Application: (Printed, mailed copies will not be accepted)
- THAT THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT CBIS/CBIST RENEWAL APPLICATION LINKS PROVIDED BELOW. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU MAKE THE DISTINCTION FOR THE FORM THAT APPLIES TO YOU AT THIS TIME.
- THE BIAA BOOKSTORE AND YOUR CERTIFICATION ARE TWO DIFFERENT SYSTEMS. IF YOU HAVE A USER ID AND PASSWORD IN OUR BOOKSTORE, THOSE DO NOT CORRESPOND WITH YOUR CERTIFICATION.
CBIS/CBIST LEGACY RENEWAL APPLICATION
This form applies to anyone who was certified under the "paper" process (took the paper and pencil version of the examination) and has NOT been established in our new system with a User ID and Password. You will need your certification number. Please click the "Retrieve Your Info" button to begin the application.
CBIS/CBIST RENEWAL APPLICATION
This form applies to anyone who has already established themselves in our new system. (Either previously completed and submitted a Legacy Renewal Application OR sat for the electronic version of the examination.) You will need your User ID and Password to start the application and populate your information.
Can't remember your User ID and Password?
Please use the ACBIS CREDENTIALS RECOVERY FORM to retrieve your credentials.
Step Three -
After completing the renewal application and indicating your payment method, please be sure to sign and submit the form. You will receive your updated certificate via email within 3-4 business days. (Please ensure that your email address is spelled correctly on the renewal application.)