Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

Certified Brain Injury Specialist

BIAC now offers training and proctoring services for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS). This nationally-recognized certification sets a standard of expertise among professionals working in the brain injury field.

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Professionals of various disciplines would benefit from obtaining this certificate, including but not limited to:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Mental health professionals
  • Social workers
  • Victim advocates
  • Law enforcement
  • Attorneys
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselors
  • Child welfare case workers
  • Adaptive recreation professionals
  • Staff at assisted living or nursing home facilities

BIAC Services

For a fee of $550, applicants will receive the following:

  • Four 4-hour classes covering the content of the exam, as well as Colorado-specific information and resources
  • Coverage of ACBIS application fees
  • Textbook
  • Materials and study guides
  • Support with practice exams
  • Proctoring of exam
  • A one-year subscription to theĀ Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
  • One-time discounted registration to BIAC’s Professional Conference (10 hours of continuing education are required each year to maintain your certification)

By participating in BIAC’s training, you’ll receive:

  • A comprehensive understanding of brain injury
  • Strategies and accommodations to implement when supporting individuals with brain injury
  • Information about resources in Colorado for individuals with brain injury
  • The benefit of learning in a group setting and networking with other professionals in the brain injury community
  • An increased likelihood of passing the CBIS exam

Requirements & Eligibility

  • Applicants must have 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury.
  • Experience can be paid employment and/or academic internship. Volunteer work does not qualify.
  • 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. 
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Classes are held at the BIAC offices twice a year. We have free parking and provide light refreshments.

Should an organization or company be interested in hosting a class at their office, BIAC requires a minimum of three participants. Please contact us for further information.

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Liz Gerdeman, MA, CBIS-T
Director of Professional Programs