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ACBIS - CBIST

Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST)

The instructions for submitting a CBIST application are described below. If you have questions about the process, please feel free to contact the ACBIS Coordinator at 703-761-0750 x631 or acbis@biausa.org

CBISTs are approved to provide official ACBIS training to CBIS candidates. CBISTs must demonstrate advanced skills in brain injury and must provide documentation that those skills are being maintained through continuing education. To be certified, all eligible candidates must do the following:
  • Submit all necessary application materials,
  • Pass the ACBIS exam, and
  • Attend one training session via webinar. 

Eligibility Requirements

Education

  • Minimum of bachelors degree from an accredited four-year institution 

Experience

  • Must demonstrate a minimum of five years' experience in the field of brain injury, in one or more of the following ways:
    • Direct clinical experience in a medical or rehabilitative setting in the continuum of care.
    • Research experience in the science, medicine and/or rehabilitation of brain injury.
    • Services integral to brain injury and brain injury rehabilitation (education, case and care management, vocational rehabilitation, etc.).
    • Development or implementation of brain injury programming in hospital, residential, school, or community-based settings.
  • Additionally, the applicant must be a member in good standing within any licensure boards that cover his/her profession, if applicable.

Professional Skills

Applicants must demonstrate skills in the areas of (1) training and/or teaching and (2) community service and/or professional dissemination, both within the brain injury field, and must provide approved documentation (see below), including a CV or resume which reflects how the applicant meets each requirement. 

Teaching Skills Examples
  • Taught courses, seminars or workshops on brain injury in academically accredited programs
  • Presented at local, regional, national and/or international conferences or workshops on brain injury
  • Designed educational programs and/or materials related to brain injury for colleges or university affiliated programs
  • Mentored clinicians/students/interns in brain injury

Community Service and Professional Dissemination Examples

  • Developed guidelines or protocols for brain injury program
  • Published articles, books, chapters or newsletter articles on brain injury rehabilitation or related areas
  • Facilitated community activities and/or community-based support groups for brain injury
  • Held committee membership or positions in local, state, or national professional organizations focusing on brain injury
  • Participated in research activities in brain injury that resulted in publications by others

Approved Documentation 

This documentation will need to be submitted to the ACBIS office in physical form, separate from your electronic application.

  • University or college transcript
  • Syllabus indicating applicant is the instructor
  • Front page of published article, newsletter, chapter, book that demonstrates authorship
  • Letter from supervisor or director stating applicant's experience with in-service training and/or activity/support group facilitation. This letter must be written on company letterhead and must include the dates in which the training/events occurred.
  • Other: Applicants may provide other types of documentation. In some cases, though, additional documentation will be required. If this occurs, the ACBIS office will contact the applicant.

Application

The process for submitting an individual CBIST Application with our online system is described further down this page. Instructions for group applications are found at the Group Administrator Page

Please note that ACBIS applications are maintained for one year (starting with the date of application). After one year, applications will expire and applicants who have not completed the process (application approval, testing and retesting if necessary) will be required to reapply entirely if they wish to further pursue certification.

All new paid applicants will receive a one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. This reflects a commitment to ensuring that Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers have access to the latest brain injury research, treatment and practice information.

Training

Official ACBIS training is provided by Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers (CBIST) and is offered at many BIAA state affiliate conferences and events as well as at many service providers across the country. Contact the ACBIS office to find a training site in your area or to arrange for a training to occur at your own facility. Training is not required to sit for the examination. You may complete self-study if you wish.

The Essential Brain Injury Guide can be ordered through this link: http://shop.biausa.org/products/acbismerchandise.

Certification Examination

Candidates must pass (80% or higher) on the certification examination. This exam can only be taken after all forms and fees have been submitted, processed and an approval email has been received. Applicants who have completed the training or self-study and are ready to take the examination will need to read the instructions further down this page.

The exam can also be offered to individuals as long as a CBIST or other approved individual proctors the exam. Please note: The certification fee does not include any expenses associated with proctoring an individually administered exam. If hiring an outside proctor is necessary, the applicant will be responsible for these costs.

 

The examination comprises the following topics: 

Training Section  Chapter Number Chapter Topic % Questions by Topic
Introduction, Overview, and Etiology 1 Brain Injury Overview 6%
4 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 6%
Neuroanatomy and Neuroplasticity 2 Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging 6%
3 Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity 3%
Medical and Physical Issues 6 Medical Complications 4%
9 Physical Complications 4%
5 Disorders of Consciousness 1%
Fatigue and Sleep Disturbance 3%
Neurocognitive Issues 10 Cognitive Complications 7%
11 Neurobehavioral Complications 7%
22 Neuropsychology 3%
Psychosocial Issues 12 Psychosocial Complications 4%
13 Substance Misuse 3%
Rehabilitation Philosophy and Cultural Competency 15 Rehabilitation Philosophy 6%
18 Cultural Competency 1%
8 Aging with a Brain Injury 3%
19 Gender and Sexuality 3%
Special Populations 16 Pediatrics and Adolescents 6%
20 Military Populations 1%
17 Families 6%
Care Management and Legal Issues  21 Care Management 3%
14 Legal and Ethical Issues 4%
 Outcomes 23 Outcome Measurement 6%
24 Return to Work 3%
25 Participation 1%


Notification of Exam Score: Candidates will receive immediate notification via email of their exam score upon completing the online examination. Information about individual candidates and examination results will not be released to any party other than candidates or group administrators. Candidates' scores are NOT released to anyone, including the candidate, by telephone.

Accommodations: Please visit this section of the ACBIS website for information on requesting examination accommodations.

Additional Helpful Information

  • An applicant may wish to confirm eligibility for the CBIST certification by contacting the ACBIS Coordinator before submitting the application, supporting documentation and fees; application fees are non-refundable.
  • While the CBIST Application and Testing Process is now online, CBIST candidates will still need to physically submit, to the ACBIS Coordinator, supporting documentation that details how the he/she meets the above described areas of training, supervisory, and/or teaching experience in the field of brain injury. Applicant must demonstrate experience in each of the skill areas identified above. 

Application Process

  • Please note that the forms require use of Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  • Ensure that all "Pop-Up" Blockers are disabled.

Step One:

  • Please complete and submit a USER ACCOUNT SETUP FORM. A confirmation email detailing your next steps will be sent to you.

Step Two:

  • Upon your receipt of the User Account Setup approval email, you will need to complete and electronically submit the CBIST APPLICATION FORM – a link to this application should have been provided to you with your confirmation email after submitting the User Account Setup Form. Items that will be needed in order to complete this application:
    • Attach an electronic version of your resume to the application in the allotted area.
    • You will need to have made a form of payment prior to clicking “Submit” on the application. If paying by check, you will need to provide a check number or, if paying by credit card, the BIAA Marketplace Confirmation number.
  • Payments made by credit card for individual applications ($300) can be processed through this link.
  • Payments made by check must have this accompanying form.
  • Please note that applications will not be approved until payment has been confirmed.
  • Submit Documentation (This documentation will need to be submitted to the ACBIS office in physical form, separate from your electronic application.)
    • University or college transcript
    • Certificate of attendance at conferences, workshops, seminars
    • Syllabus indicating applicant is the instructor
    • Front page of published article, newsletter, chapter, book that demonstrates authorship
    • Letter from supervisor or director stating applicant's experience with in-service training and/or activity/support group facilitation. This letter must be written on company letterhead and must include the dates in which the training/events occurred.
    • Official documentation of continuing education for the past 2 years
    • Other: Applicants may provide other types of documentation. In some cases, though, additional documentation will be required. If this occurs, the ACBIS office will contact the applicant.

Step Three, Testing and Certification Process:

  • Please have your proctor refer to the email that was sent to them after the completion of the GROUP ADMINISTRATOR/PROCTOR ACCOUNT SETUP APPLICATION. This email provides information that details the next steps of the testing process.
    • If you are an individual applicant, you will need to identify a proctor. An acceptable proctor is a CBIST, colleague, or supervisor.
  • Upon passing the examination, approval as a CBIST, and attending a "Train the Trainer" webinar session, certificants will receive their CBIST certificates via email to the email address they provided on the initial application.

 
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