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Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST)


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.

ACBIS Exam Blackout

Testing will not be available during the first few weeks of May 2021 due to a platform update.

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Applicants must be deemed eligible for the certification through the application process. All forms and fees must have been submitted prior to being approved to take the examination. 

This platform provides automated proctoring. System requirements include:

  1. A working camera
  2. A working microphone (or headphones with a microphone)
  3. A stable and fast Internet connection
  4. An ID
  5. Desktop or Laptop computer; mobile devices are not allowed
  6. Chrome or Firefox browser; Google Chrome is recommended

Testing Information & Guidelines

  • The exam is administered online with automated proctoring. Permission for the automated proctor process is required during the entirety of the examination. Facial, screen, and audio capture is required at all times. 
  • Examination sessions are available at all times, unless the hosting company is maintaining its servers or the servers are full in capacity. 
  • The exam should be taken in a quiet room with no distractions. Cell phones must be shut off. Papers, books, and notes are not allowed at the testing area.
  • No assistance of any kind may be given or used. Cheating can include speaking to another during the testing process, reading papers, looking at another screen, or leaving the testing screen while taking the test. Cheating will disqualify an applicant from certification. The automated proctor reports potential cheating behavior and, if cheating is observed, the candidate will be asked to leave the examination session and/or the examination will be voided. 
  • The exam is proprietary and belongs to the Brain Injury Association of America. During or after the test, applicants cannot share or write down questions. Upon completion of the test, the candidate must shut down the testing screen. 
  • Each applicant has exactly two hours to complete the examination (unless accommodations have been requested under the ADA and approved). 
  • There are 70 multiple choice questions. All of the questions are equal in value. Each question has five answer choices. There is only one correct answer for each question. 
  • Candidates must score 80% or higher on the examination in order to pass and receive certification. 

Notification of Exam Score: Candidates will receive immediate notification of their exam score within their individual program portal. 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.

Retakes: Candidates who do not pass the examination on the first attempt may take one retest within the one year deadline of the initial application submission date at no additional charge. Candidates will need to contact ACBIS for the retake. 

Suggested Study Resources

The examination is based on current knowledge of theory and practice in brain injury care. Click here to review the ACBIS Examination Study Outline. It should be used in conjunction with the recommended text, Essential Brain Injury Guide, Edition 5.0, Revised, which can be purchased here. A study companion is also made available to help reinforce the concepts learned whether you are attending trainings by a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, participate in group study sessions, or self-study.

You are encouraged to use a variety of sources as part of any study program. The resources recommended in the ACBIS Study Reference List, although not comprehensive, may be useful to review in preparing for the examination. 

ADA Accommodations for ACBIS Examination

ACBIS provides reasonable testing accommodations, guided by the Americans with Disabilities Act, to certification candidates with documented disabilities. Candidates should review the information and complete the Request for Accommodations form (below) to be considered for accommodations.

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