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Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)

Application Process

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. 

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Step One

Complete and submit a User Account Setup Form. A confirmation email with important information regarding your next steps will be delivered to your inbox.

Step Two

Upon receipt of the User Account Setup Confirmation Email, please complete the online CBIS Application Form provided. You will need to attach your resume or CV in Word or PDF format. Once you have verified that you attached and completed all required fields and actions on the CBIS Application Form, press Submit

Step Three

Along with the CBIS Application Form, you will need to pay your application fee. Applications cannot be approved until payment has been confirmed.

  • If you wish to make your payment via check, please include this accompanying form and remember to include your check number in the designated field on the CBIS Application Form.
  • Credit card payments may be made in BIAA’s Marketplace by clicking here. Please remember to include the BIAA Marketplace confirmation number in the designated field on the CBIS Application Form.

Step Four

Upon submission of the CBIS Application Form, an Employment Verification Form will be sent to your listed employer for completion. Your supervisor will be asked to attest for your employment and experience in the field of brain injury.  

Please note that self verification is not allowed. In a position of self-employment, an applicants eligibility must be verified by a professional colleague or supervising board member. 

Step Five

Once your complete application (form, payment, and employment verification) is received, your file will go up for review – after which, if approved, you must identify an acceptable proctor and have your proctor schedule your exam.  

Instructions to Transition from CBIS to CBIST Certification 

The process described below is intended for those who are transitioning from CBIS to CBIST certification. Please ensure that you have met the requirements to transition. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements or would like to do a “pre-approval”, you are welcome to complete and return this questionnaire along with a copy of your resume/CV to This helps both CBIST applicants and ACBIS determine eligibility prior to submitting a full application and payment.   

Current CBIS certificants who wish to transition to CBIST would need to follow the entire application process as described on this section of the ACBIS website. You would need to complete and submit everything, as described, with the exception of taking the examination.

You will need to use your existing CBIS credentials to complete and submit the electronic CBIST application. Please email us for further information and access to the application.

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​An ACBIS professional services representative is happy to assist you with questions related to obtaining your certification, taking the exam, renewals, and more!

Get In Touch

The Brain Injury Association of America is still committed to serving the brain injury community,

Our work didn’t stop. Our mission didn’t change.

We need your help. 

Christine Chen   Tiffany Epley (*for Renewals)
Professional Services Program Specialist      Professional Services Program Assistant
Phone: 703-761-0750 ext. 631
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