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Renewal Requirements

Annual Renewal

CBIS Renewal Requirement

In order to renew your CBIS, ten (10) contact hours of continuing education (CE) are required each year.

CBIST Renewal Requirement

In order to renew your CBIST, 15 contact hours of continuing education (CE) are required each year. In addition to the continuing education requirement, CBISTs are required to fulfill an annual training requirement. Every CBIST must conduct at least eight (8) hours of ACBIS-related training each year. CBISTs should document the objectives, content, and attendance information for each training in anticipation of a random renewal audit.

Continuing Education (CE) Options

Below is information about CE requirements. Do not submit CE documentation with your renewal application. We ask that you maintain CE records for at least three years in the case you are to be audited. If audited, you will be asked to submit documentation at that time.

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 below. 

  • 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 lectures.
  • College/University Courses related to brain injury (contact hours can equal no more than 50% of required CE contact hours). 
  • Online Courses related to brain injury from a professional development online resource.  

  • 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 webinars that are sponsored by BIAA and purchased in the BIAA marketplace are awarded one CE.
    • Certificants are also welcome to purchase recordings of past webinars for CE credit on BIAA’s Marketplace.
    • Certificants should complete this Webinar Review Form and save it in your personal files in case the renewal is audited, at which time it should be submitted. One contact hour will be awarded for each webinar reviewed.
  • 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 hours.  

Continuing Education (CE) Options that are NOT accepted

  • General CPR training
  • Books and magazine articles pertaining to auto-biographical or biographical survivor accounts
  • Movies or films
  • Webinars pertaining to survivor accounts
  • Fundraising events 
  • Training in preparation of CBIS/T certification

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