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Welcome to ACBIS!

The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a voluntary national certification program for both direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential.

ACBIS offers three certification options representing distinct levels of experience and supervisory skills: Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST), and Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS). 

The Academy requires demonstration of learning, through its examination, in the following domains:

  • TBI and diagnostic imaging
  • Medical, physical, cognitive, neurobehavioral, and psychosocial consequences of injury
  • TBI in pediatrics and adolescents, as well as aging with a brain injury
  • Concussions and mTBI, as well as disorders of consciousness
  • Rehabilitation philosophy, outcome measurement, and care management
  • Effect of injuries on families
  • Cultural, gender, and sexuality issues
  • Military populations
  • Neuropsychology
  • Participation and return to work

Certification is not restricted to any one profession or discipline. Rather, it is intended for anyone who delivers services specific to brain injury. Please read Certification Disclaimer.

The ACBIS Alliance provides public recognition to a brain injury services provider or designated facility that has achieved the benchmark of having 20% of its staff who are eligible for national certification certified as CBIS or CBIST. The list of Alliance members can be found here

ACBIS Announcements

  • The ACBIS Board of Governors enacted changes that affect CBIST renewals, effective January 1, 2015, as follows: 

    • CBISTs will 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.

  • Display your achievement as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist or Trainer with the new ACBIS pin. These are now available for purchase in the BIAA bookstore:

     Order Here!

  • ACBIS has updated its Examination Accommodations Request Policy. For more information, please visit this section of the ACBIS website:  Click Here.

  • Please note these policies for groups:

    1. Two week time limitation for application fee adjustment. Applicants who are part of a group (and are responsible for making their own payment) but mistakenly submit the individual application rate of $300 have two (2) weeks to notify the ACBIS office of the mistake and request a refund. Requests for refunds after two weeks will not be granted.

    2. The retroactive cumulative group application fee adjustment has been discontinued. A group’s size and fee structure is determined at its inception with each Group Registration Form that is submitted.

    3. Group application substitution fee. Substituting a new applicant for another who has discontinued the application process will incur a $35 fee. Please contact the ACBIS office to request the substitution.

  • As a reminder, if you are making a renewal payment on another certificant’s behalf, please be sure to list that person’s name in the “Special Instructions” field during checkout in the BIAA bookstore.

  • The paper application processes have been entirely replaced by online forms.  For further information please click the appropriate category.





  • The ACBIS Board of Governors has updated its Code of Ethics. The detailed version is available here and the brief version is available here.
  • The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation announcement can be found here. 

Notice to All Participants

  • Incomplete applications (including payment) will be maintained for up to one year. After one year, the application will become null and void and the applicant will need to reapply. Applicants who have submitted completed applications but have not taken the certification exam within one year will need to reapply after one year.

  • Please update your contact information by visiting THIS section of the website. It is very important that your email address is current so that you can receive regular updates and announcements.

 A complete current listing of ACBIS Certificants as of January 1, 2017 can be found here.

Questions regarding the ACBIS Program? Contact the ACBIS Coordinator at

703-761-0750 x631 – Phone
703-761-0755 – Fax  

Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists
Brain Injury Association of America
1608 Spring Hill Road Suite 110
Vienna, VA  22182  

This page was last updated on November 5, 2015.

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