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Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST)


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


Candidates must score 80% or higher on the certification examination. The exam can only be taken after all forms and fees have been submitted and processed and an approval email has been received by the applicant. Applicants who have completed the training or self-study and are ready to take the examination must read all the instructions on this page.

The CBIST exam may be offered to individuals as long as a CBIST or another approved individual proctors the exam. Please note that the certification fee does not include any expenses associated with proctoring an individually-administered exam. The applicant will be responsible for any costs related to hiring an outside proctor.

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.

Retakes: Candidates who do not pass the examination on the first administration may take one retest within one year of the initial application date at no additional charge. An applicant who does not pass after two attempts is welcome to reapply when ready.

Suggested Resources

The examination is based on current knowledge of theory and practice in brain injury care. The resources recommended in the ACBIS Study Reference List, although not comprehensive, may be useful to review in preparing for the examination. You are encouraged to use a variety of sources as part of any study program.

Click here to review the CBIS Examination Study Guide. It should be used in conjunction with the Essential Brain Injury Guide, Edition 5.0 (EBIG). The original ACBIS outline mapped to the EBIG can be found below:

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%
7 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%

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