A Statement from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance

“The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) formerly certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in neurofeedback and progressively recertify those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. In 1996 the Board of Directors of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America and the Academy of Certified Neurotherapists collaborated to develop a specialty certification in EEG Biofeedback (i.e., Neurofeedback) to be managed and administered by BCIA.

Biofeedback Certification International Alliance

BCIA policies and procedures are set by an independent board of directors, comprised of a rotating group of distinguished biofeedback clinicians, researchers, and educators.

Board certification is the mark of distinction for providers of biofeedback and neurofeedback services and establishes that an individual has met entry-level requirements for the clinical practice of biofeedback. However, BCIA certification is not a substitute for a state-issued license or other credential to practice one’s profession. Candidates for certification who do not hold a professional license, or its equivalent must stipulate that they practice under the legal supervision of a licensed provider when treating a medical or psychological disorder.

There are different levels of each certification program based on one’s health care background, experience, or how the different modalities are used in one’s professional practice.

  • Basic or clinical certification is available for individuals with appropriate health care backgrounds who are allowed to use the modality to treat medical and/or psychological disorders, either independently under their own license, or under appropriate legal supervision. Those with a health care degree, but no license, may also use the techniques for peak or optimal performance with their clients.
  • Technician certification is available for Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction; however, only within the United States and Canada. This program is intended for individuals with no specific health care education who use the modalities under a BCIA Certified supervisor’s license.
  • Certification by Prior Experience (CPE) is available for both the clinical and the technician level certifications. This program also includes completing the certification exam.”


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