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Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialist (ACBIS) Certification

Are you interested in an ACBIS Prep Course?

The Brian Injury Association of Massachusetts is offering a 7 week Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) preparation course, the purchase of the "The Essential Brain Injury Guide 5.0 Edition", application for exam, and a site provided to complete exam. Members of BIA-MA can participate for the cost of $500, and non-member pricing is $525.

The ACBIS exam preparation course, beginning on Tuesday, September 5 through Tuesday October 17, 2017 will be a 7 week online series with lecturer Dr. Christopher Carter, Psy.D, CBIST from the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, hosted once a week via an online meeting video conference program.

Each lecture is 2 hours and will use the test-preparation materials prepared by the authors of "The Essential Brain Injury Guide 5.0 Edition". "The Guide covers the material that forms the content for the ACBIS exam. The new curriculum represents a significant increase in the amount of material covered and participants should see this as a graduate level course per Dr. Carter.

Participants are encouraged to review the material in the textbook before the beginning of the course, as each lecture will be intended to be a review of the material in the text. Due to technical and time constraints, the lectures will not be interactive. Taking the course is not a pre-requisite for taking the exam but is highly advised, as the textbook is not considered to be sufficient preparation by itself for the exam. Along with reading the Essential Guide, participants should anticipate spending a reasonable amount of time in review in preparation for the exam itself.

  • The Academy of Brain Injury Specialists has regulated that all applicants must meet the following criteria: Applicants must have 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury, which can be through paid employment and/or academic internship.

  • Qualifying experience must have included formal supervision or have been conducted while the applicant operated under a professional license. Volunteer work is not applicable.

  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent If you feel you will meet this criterion, applicants will then need approval from ACBIS after completing the application to verify their eligibility for the exam. You can take the course without completing the exam if you do not meet required criteria. A refund for the application is provided if applicant is not approved, with a $50.00 surcharge.

Click here to complete official inquiry form by July 7, 2017 to confirm you would like to move forward with participating and applying for the ACBIS accreditation after reading criteria.

Questions? Contact Beth Pusey, BIA-MA Education Manager, at bpusey@biama.org or call 508-475-0032.