ACBIS opened the certification process to students with the intent of providing in-depth training for those who intend to develop a career working
with individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury. As a PCBIS, pre-professionals have the opportunity to develop a strong foundation
in the field of brain injury rehabilitation and services.
ACBIS hopes the provisional certification will provide opportunities for in-depth training for the many pre-professionals who intend to develop
a career working with individuals who have an acquired or traumatic brain injury. Candidates who go on to complete 500-hours of verified clinical
employment and/or supervised academic internship experience* working with individuals who have a brain injury within a 3-year period from the
date of original PCBIS certification will receive their full certification.
PCBIS candidates are required to be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited university in one of the following areas:
- Allied Health
- Special Education
Provisional CBIS training is provided by Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers (CBIST) and is offered at many conferences, events, and service providers across the country. Contact the ACBIS office to find a training site in your area or to arrange for a training to occur at your own facility. Participation in an official training with allied disciplines is strongly recommended, but not required. You may complete self-study to prepare for the examination if you wish.
The Essential Brain Injury Guide is the study textbook for the examination and can be purchased through BIAA's Marketplace.
Costs & Fees
Initial Application: $150
Annual Renewal: $60
PCBIS to CBIS Transition: $100
*Application fees are non-refundable unless the applicant does not meet eligibility requirements, in which case a $35.00 cancellation fee will be applied.
Requirements to Obtain Full Certification (CBIS)
- 500-hours of verified clinical employment and/or supervised academic internship experience working with individuals who have a brain injury.
- *A supervised academic internship is defined as an internship provided through an accredited College or University. These hours must have been obtained within a 3-year period from the date of original PCBIS certification.
- A CBIS activation fee of $100.00, which includes a one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR).