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.
The process and requirements to renew your certification are described below. If, after reviewing the instructions, you have questions
about the process, please feel free to contact Jessica Lucas, 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.
Please note that effective January 1, 2015:
- CBISTs will be required to fulfill, in addition to the CEU requirement, an annual training requirement. Every CBIST must conduct training of ACBIS-related content eight (8) hours annually. Documentation to support a random audit of renewal will include, for each training session conducted, a description of objectives and content and a sign-in sheet of attendees.
- CBISTs will attend, in addition to the current initial two-hour training immediately prior to certification as a Trainer, a refresher training course every five years. The training will continue to cover the purpose, governance, and programs of ACBIS, including levels of certification and their requirements, a description of CBIST roles, an overview of Group Administrator guidelines, and principles of adult learning utilized in ACBIS-supplied teaching materials.
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 these webinars. Please note that live or recorded webinars that are sponsored by BIAA are worth one CEU apiece.
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 (published within the past 3 years) brain injury
related articles from journals that are peer reviewed
or industry and association publications approved by professional and licensing organizations .
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:
CBIS/CBIST RENEWAL APPLICATION (You will need your User ID and Password to start the application and populate your information.)
- Printed, mailed or faxed copies of applications will not be accepted
- Can't remember your User ID and Password? Please use the ACBIS CREDENTIALS RECOVERY FORM to retrieve your credentials.
- Once all renewal materials have been received by our office, you can expect to receive your updated certificate via email within 3-4 business days. (Please ensure that your email address is spelled correctly on the renewal application.)