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Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST)

Application Process

Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers (CBISTs) are approved to provide official ACBIS training. CBISTs demonstrate advanced skills in the field of brain injury and maintain their skills through continuing education.

Applications are maintained for one year, beginning on the date of application. After one year, applications expire and applicants who have not completed the process (application approval, testing, and retesting if necessary) will be required to reapply in order to further pursue certification. 

To ensure you meet the CBIST eligibility requirements, you can send this questionnaire, completed, along with a copy of your resume/CV, to This helps both CBIST applicants and ACBIS administrators determine eligibility prior to the submission of a complete application and payment.  

Step One

Create an account. This account site is your individual program portal. You will receive an email with a default password and can change your password under Password Settings. 

Step Two

Under Information, update your Account and Personal information. 

Step Three

Under My assignments, select Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST) Certification and click Start. 

Click here for detailed instructions on how to complete the application.

Answer all application questions.  

Provide the Employment Verification form to a qualified verifier. 

Attach your packet of supporting documentation (see here for examples) to demonstrate your professional and training skills. 

Attach your resume/CV in Word or PDF format. 

Pay your application fee; applications will not be processed until payment is confirmed. 

Step Three

Once your complete application (comprising the form, resume/CV, employment verification, supporting documentation, and payment) is received, your file will be reviewed – processing may take up to three weeks – after which, if approved, you will be able to sit for the examination.

Step Four

Once you have passed the examination and received a positive proctoring report conclusion, you will participate in a “Train the Trainer” webinar. The certification will be issued upon completion.  

Beginning May 2021, ACBIS is issuing Unique Certificate ID Numbers for each certificate earned (as well as per certification). The Certificate ID is unique to each individual and unique to each validation period. The Certificate ID will change every year when the renewal process is completed and a new certificate is issued. The Certificate ID will be used to identify active/current certification statuses.  

Instructions to Transition from CBIS to CBIST Certification

If you currently hold the certification as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and wish to transition to certification as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer: Ensure you meet the requirements, listed here.

The transition requires a fee and submission of the CBIST application along with supporting documentation; sitting for the examination again is not necessary.

Log in to your individual program portal and select Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST) Certification. A certificate will be issued once the complete application (comprising the form, resume/CV, employment verification, supporting documentation, and payment) has been received and your eligibility has been confirmed. You will need to participate and watch a Train-the-Trainer video. Email us for further information.

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