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Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Information & Eligibility

Acquiring the Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) credential is the next step in ensuring you remain a valuable, marketable, and well-informed asset in the field of brain injury services. All new paid applicants will receive a one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. This reflects a commitment to ensuring that certificants have access to the latest brain injury research, treatment, and practice information. 


Official ACBIS training is provided by Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers (CBIST) and is offered at many Brain Injury Association state affiliate conferences and events and through many service providers across the country. If you would like participate or host and arrange a training to occur at your own facility, you are welcome to contact any of the Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers located on this map. Training is not required to sit for the examination; you may complete self-study if you wish.

Costs & Fees

Individual Rate: $300
Group Rate (fees are per person):

Cost Level Candidates per Group Cost per Person
A 1-4 $300
5-29 $235
Over 30 $210

Please visit the Group Administrators section for more information about the ACBIS Group Application Process.

*ACBIS Application fees are non-refundable unless the applicant does not meet eligibility requirements, in which case a $70.00 cancellation fee will be applied. The cancellation will cover any administrative or processing costs and the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR) subscription. A JHTR subscription fee may be returned if the refund is requested before the subscription period has begun. 

Requirements & Eligibility

  1. Applicants must have 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury.
  2. Experience can be paid employment and/or academic internship. Volunteer work and self recovery does not qualify.
  3. The qualifying experience must have included formal supervision or have been conducted while the applicant operated under a professional license. If the applicant is operating under a professional license, then he/she must be in good standing. 
  4. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

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