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Certified Brain Injury Specialist

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.  

Testing Guidelines:

  • The exam is administered online and should be taken in a quiet room with no distractions. Cell phones must be shut off, items brought into the room placed under the chair and outside papers, books, and notes are not allowed at the testing area.
  • No assistance of any kind may be given or used. Cheating is not allowed. Cheating can include speaking to another during the testing process, reading papers or looking at another person’s screen or leaving the testing screen while taking the test. Cheating will disqualify from certification. If cheating is observed, the candidate will be asked to leave the room.
  • Each applicant has exactly two hours to complete the examination (unless accommodations have been requested under the ADA and approved) and the proctor must be present during the entirety of the examination.
  • 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.
  • The online examination requires use of the applicant’s user ID, password and registration number, as well as the electronic copy of the approved Exam Generation Card provided by the proctor. These items should be maintained near the computer at which the examinee is seated. Once submitted, the examination cannot be accessed again. 


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 ACBIS Examination Study Outline. It should be used in conjunction with the Essential Brain Injury Guide, Edition 5.0, Revised, which can be purchased on our website here.

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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