Biofeedback Certification Requirements

 Follow the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) guidelines below:

  • Pre-requisite education degree: BA/BS minimum in a BCIA-approved healthcare field.
  • Human anatomy/physiology: University-level course.
  • Didactic Education: The full 48-hour course to cover the BCIA Blueprint of Knowledge taken through a university or BCIA accredited training program. To view a complete list of accredited training programs, including distance education offerings, visit www.bcia.org.
  • Practical Skills Training & Mentoring: 20 contact hours with a BCIA approved mentor to review 10 sessions each of personal biofeedback, 10 case conferences, and 50 patient/client sessions. The 50 patient/client sessions must include 10 sessions each of Thermal, EMG and GSR, and the remaining 20 sessions can include an combination of EMG, Thermal, GSR, EEG, HRV, and respiratory training. Long distance mentoring is accomplished quite easily these days with our advanced technology.
  • Written certification exam: May be taken locally at a scheduled exam site in the US or through using a special exam option of a university proctor.
  • Adherence to BCIA Ethical Principles (including independent practice): When treating a medical or psychological disorder, one must carry a current license/credential issued by the state in which you practice in a BCIA approved healthcare field. If unlicensed, one is required to work under appropriate supervision. All certificants must work with the scope of their profession.

Mentoring Contact Hours

The mentor and candidate must have a minimum of 20 contact hours together.

This time is to be used for the review of 10 sessions of personal biofeedback, 50 patient/client sessions, and 10 case conference presentations. At least two of these hours must involve direct face-to-face observation during which time the mentor is to directly observe the candidate in his/her technical expertise, proficiency in placements of sensors, patient/client preparation/orientation to biofeedback procedures, etc.

The remaining 18 contact hours may be accomplished through either face-to-face, electronic, or phone contact, or any combination of these means. If distance is prohibitive for this meeting with your mentor, any professional who also meets all the requirements of a BCIA approved mentor may be used to complete the two hours of direct observation.

Dr. Pam Calvert-Hirt is the program director of the Widener Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center. She is BCIA certified. Dr. Calvert-Hirt teaches medical psychophysiology which emphasizes the integration of the biological with the psychological.  For additional information, you can contact Dr. Calvert-Hirt at plcalvert-hirt@mail.widener.edu.