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Certified Brain Injury Specialist Training

November 2 & 3
8:30 am – 4:30 pm Central
University of North Dakota
School of Medicine & Health Sciences
1301 North Columbia Road
Grand Forks
Or via Zoom

Requirements and Eligibility

The Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) certification is developed and administered through the Brain Injury Association of America and the requirements/eligibility are as follows:

  • Applicants must have 500 hours of currently verifiable direct contact experience with an individual or individuals with brain injury.
    Note: Brain Injury Association of America does offer a provisional certification if you have not met these hours yet. View the Provisional CBIS Certification Flyer for more information.
  • Experience can be paid employment and/or academic internship. Volunteer work and self recovery 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.

Options for Attending

Attend the live training in Grand Forks, North Dakota or attend via Zoom.

If you plan to attend the live training over Zoom, prepare to keep your camera on during the two days. This enhances the group experience. There will be opportunity for discussion and questions with the trainers and other participants.

CBIS Trainers

Sarah Ring, Rebecca Quinn, Nan Kennelly, Nickie Livedalen, and Carly Endres


Group of 30+ Applicants: $225
Group of 5-29 Applicants: $250
Provisional Applicant: $150

Cost depends on the number of individuals attending training. Participants will have access to the North Dakota Brain Injury Network's (NDBIN) study portal, exam, and one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Cost of the digital textbook (Essential Brain Injury Guide) is $75.

How to Apply

  Deadline to register is October 6 @ noon Central.

NDBIN will send you a confirmation email by October 13.

Webinar Course Review

Information will be sent after the training is complete.


The examination will be set up on a case-by-case basis, typically two weeks following training.