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Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS)

Application Process

The Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS) certification is an opportunity for students enrolled in an accredited University program to jumpstart their careers and learn to offer optimal care for individuals with a brain injury.

Important Notice

From April 17 to May 2, you will not be able to submit a new application. Complete applications (including resume, employment verification, and payment) must be submitted by April 16.

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PCBIS applications are maintained for one year, beginning on the date of application. After one year, applications will expire and applicants who have not completed the process (application approval, testing, and retesting if necessary) will be required to reapply if they wish to further pursue certification.

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Step One

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

Step Two

Upon receipt of the User Account Setup Confirmation Email, please complete the online PCBIS Application Form provided.  Click here for instructions on how to complete the application. You will need to attach your resume/CV in Word or PDF format. 

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

  • If you wish to make your payment via check, please include this accompanying form. Remember to include the check number in the designated field on the PCBIS 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 PCBIS Application Form.

Step Three

Upon submission of the PCBIS Application Form, an Enrollment Verification Form will be sent to your academic advisor for completion. 

Step Four

Once your complete application (form, payment, and enrollment 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 examination.   

Step Five

The certification will be issued upon passing the examination. 

Instructions to Transition from PCBIS to Full CBIS Certification

The process described below is intended for those who are transitioning from PCBIS to full CBIS certification. Please ensure that you have met the requirements to transition to full certification.

Step One

  • Verify you have met the requirements to obtain full certification.
  • The PCBIS to CBIS Application fee is $100 and includes a one year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR).
    • Payments made by credit card can be processed through this link.
    • Payments made by check must have this accompanying form.Please note that applications will not be approved until payment has been confirmed.

Step Two

  • Please complete and submit a PCBIS to CBIS Application. Upon submission of this application, an Employment Verification Form will be e-mailed to the person listed as your supervisor on your application. Once ACBIS receives this verification and payment has been confirmed, your application will be approved and a CBIS certificate will be issued.

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