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Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)

Certification Examination

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.

If you are not attempting the certification as part of a group, you will need to identify a proctor for your examination. A CBIST or other approved individual must proctor 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. 

  • The exam is administered online.
  • There are 70 multiple choice questions.
  • Each applicant has exactly two hours to complete the examination (unless accommodations have been requested under the ADA and approved). 
  • Exams are closed book, closed notes, and no assistance of any kind may be given to or used by the examinee. 

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 submission date at no additional charge. An applicant who does not pass after two attempts is welcome to reapply when ready. Please get in touch with your Group Administrator or proctor to coordinate this process.

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.

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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