Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (PCBIS)


Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)


The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) offers a national certification (CBIS) program through its Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). This two-day training is the official course designed to prepare participants to sit for the Certification Exam and join more than 7,000 Certified Brain Injury Specialists worldwide.

To serve graduate students entering the field, a Provisional Credential (the P/CBIS) can be obtained.

Why take this course?

This will show your dedication to the neuro field by demonstrating deep knowledge and understanding of this population.

Brain injury-serving organizations value hiring and training P/CBIS-certified staff, because it allows them to work with and promote clinicians who understand the unique needs of persons recovering from brain injury and staying abreast of current resources in the field.

Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist Course: Schedule

The schedule for the training is the same for live (in-person/virtual attendees).

Day 1 – Training 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST, unless otherwise specified)

The schedule for the training is the same for live (in-person/virtual attendees).

Day 1 – Training 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST, unless otherwise specified)

  • 8:00 – 8:30: Welcome – Planning and Parking Lot
  • 8:30 – 10:00: Introduction, Overview and Etiology
  • 10:00 – 10:15: Break
  • 10:15 – 11:45: Neuroanatomy and Neuroplasticity
  • 11:45 – 12:45: Lunch
  • 12:45- 2:45: Neurocognitive Issues
  • 2:45 – 3:00: Break
  • 3:15 – 4:15: Psychosocial Issues
  • 4:15 – 5:00: Outcomes

Day 2 – Training 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • 8:00 – 8:15: Welcome and Questions from Day 1
  • 8:15 – 10:45: Medical & Physical Issues
  • 10:45 – 11:00: Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Rehab Philosophy & Cultural Competency
  • 12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
  • 12:45 – 2:15: Special Populations
  • 2:15 – 2:30: Break
  • 2:30 – 3:30: Care Management & Legal Issues

Exam: can be scheduled at a time convenient to you!

Course Objectives:

  • Describe methods  utilized for diagnostic imaging with acquired brain injury
  • Describe and define the medical, physical, cognitive, neurobehavioral, and psychosocial consequences of acquired brain injury
  • Describe the effects of acquired brain injury on special populations including pediatrics, adolescents, aging, and military populations
  • Describe and define concussion/mTBI
  • Describe and define disorders of consciousness
  • Describe rehabilitation philosophy as it pertains to acquired brain injury
  • Describe common outcome measurements related to acquired brain injury
  • Describe and define care management as it pertains to acquired brain injury
  • Define and describe family, cultural, gender, and sexuality issues related to acquired brain injury
  • Define and describe the role of neuropsychology in the treatment of acquired brain injury
  • Describe participation and return to work in persons with acquired brain injury

Who is eligible to take the Provisional Certification of Brain Injury Specialist Exam?

PCBIS candidates are required to be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited university in one of the following areas:

  • Allied Health
  • Psychology
  • Pre-Medical
  • Special Education
  • Neuroscience
  • Behavior Analysis

Please note: taking the PCBIS exam is optional! You may take the course for the continuing education alone. 

Please feel free to review the FAQ about the application process on the ACBIS website, found here.  You can also feel free to send any questions or concerns to

This is a comprehensive course about acquired brain injury (ABI) from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) that results in being able to sit for a certification!  The P/CBIS credential sets you apart from the crowd and shows you’ve taken the extra steps to be prepared to work with this vulnerable, challenging population. Take this course to become one of the more than 7,000 Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS) practitioners worldwide.

After you take this course, you will be supported to continue your neuro education through:

  • Monthly Brain Injury Journal Clubs
  • Online neuro discussion forums moderated by a CBIST
  • Access to continuously upgraded resources and materials

ARC Seminars sets itself apart from the competition in many ways!

  • Most courses are aimed at the widest audience possible, in order to get as many participants as possible. While that can be a great way of getting professionals from different fields together, it is not always conducive to working through specific problems, and can make the information very vague, theoretical, and general. ARC Seminars are specific to the field of hospital-based rehabilitation, and we have many years of experience in treating and developing procedures for treatment in rehabilitation facilities.
  • We provide guidance and support for setting up your own program! ARC Seminars not only provide education and guidance within the seminar to set up your own program, but we will also provide you with follow-up guidance and support after the seminar to ensure that your program is successful!
  • ARC Seminars uses the most up-to-date and evidence-based techniques to ensure your participation in the course is translated to the most learning and carryover possible!
  • Materials: You will be provided with a comprehensive manual of all the presentation slides,  exclusive access to resources for your clinic, online support and a clinician discussion forum.

Meet your presenter, Allison Frederick!

Allison Frederick, M.S., CCC/SLP, CBIST has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for 12 years.  For the first three years of her career, she developed her clinical skills working in the subacute/long-term care setting where she was able to find her footing as part of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team.  Allison then transitioned to acute rehabilitation, where she continued to develop her teamwork skills, and also where she found her love for working with patients affected by acquired brain injury.  Allison became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist trainer in 2014 after finding there was a need for education about how to manage patients with brain injury.  Allison has a passion for education, and never misses an opportunity to educate people about the prevention and treatment of brain injury.  When Allison isn’t busy trying to convince everyone to wear a helmet, she enjoys practicing Baptiste style yoga, German beer, traveling anywhere and everywhere, and spending time with her English Bulldog, Hank.  On being part of ARC Seminars:  “I’m so excited to join the ARC presenters and provide clinicians and nurses with the courses they need to expand and further their clinical practice!”.

If you have any questions for Allison, please contact her directly at

Disclosures: Financial- Allison is reimbursed as a presenter by ARC Seminars. Non-financial- Allison has no relevant non-financial disclosures.

Client and Student Testimonials: CBIS

We at ARC Seminars have many years of experience teaching and passing on our expertise to students, with excellent results. We believe that supporting the student at all levels of learning: hands-on and kinesthetic learning, pre-reading for a complete understanding of didactic teaching, follow-up support and materials, and program development for carryover of your new skills in the working environment.

Follow Up and Online Support

After you have attended the seminar, you will have access to an online community of other therapists and professionals for support and guidance in the development of your own, in-house program. The presenters at ARC Seminars will always be available to answer your questions and provide help with your work!

You also have the option to engage the Brain Injury presenters from ARC Seminars to come out to your facility and advise on your program, help you ‘iron out’ any of the problem areas, and help integrate your program with the rest of your staff. Contact us here to arrange an on-site consultation!

Relevant Disclosures:

This course is intended to prepare the learner for the official Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Exam.

Financial- Allison Frederick is compensated as an instructor by ARC Seminars. She holds a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer credential from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS).

Non-financial- Allison has no non-financial conflicts of interest, or relevant disclosures.

Co-operative Offering

The content of this course was produced in partnership with the Brain Injury Association of America.


We are committed to accessibility of education for all our learners, and have made every effort to make sure that all aspects of our courses are considered in order to ensure accessibility to all. However, if you require special accommodations, please contact Emily Cahalan at at least 7 days prior to course commencement, to ensure that your requirements are met.


Continuing Education Units/Professional Development Units

This seminar contains intermediate content.

Speech and Language Pathologists: ARC Seminars is an ASHA Approved Provider of Continuing Education.


Occupational Therapists: ARC Seminars is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development, APP #000087. This course is offered for 1.3 AOTA Credits, #00002076.





Physical Therapists: This program has been approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 13 Category 1 contact hour(s). Expiration Date: 02/18/2023.  Approval Number: CS110-2021-APTAKY.  Most other states will accept continuing education offerings that are approved by the APTA.

ARC Seminars is an California Board of Physical Therapy Approved Provider of Continuing Education.

Please contact us at for your specific state requirements.

Completion Requirements

We encourage all participants, if eligible, to take the exam at the end of training. However, this course offers 13 continuing education hours even the registrant does not wish to test.

In order to complete this course and receive continuing education units, the participant must:

  • Pay registration fee
  • Sign in and out on the course days on the attendee log
  • Keep camera on at all times (if attending virtually)
  • Complete the post-course evaluation on Day 2


We at ARC Seminars are committed to bringing you the very best experience possible. 

If you wish to get a refund, or in the unlikely event of a cancellation, please review our Refunds & Cancellation policy.

If you wish to lodge a complaint, please review our Complaint and Grievance policy here, and at any time feel free to contact us at


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