Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainers (CBIST) offer CBIS Review classes and exams in accordance with the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS)

  • This class is specifically designed to help review material for the certification examination and to strengthen the network of dedicated, competent brain injury specialists across New York State.
  • Six weeks prior to the class, enrollees will be given weekly study tips and detailed home study information that corresponds with the chapters in the Essential Brain Injury Study Guide.
  • The CBIS and CBIST certifications are developed and administrated through the Brain Injury Association of America. The requirement to sit for the exam is a high school education and 500 hours of paid work experience working with brain injury. To view all requirements, visit the ACBIS website.
  • BIANYS offers one class annually in Albany prior to the June conference. There are 3 other times per year where we offer review classes and exams at designated host locations.
  • There is a cost associated with registration in the CBIS Review and Exam.

BIANYS offers CBIS training courses, culminating in a review class on throughout the year.


  • Applicants must have had 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.
  • The qualifying experience must have included formal supervision or have been conducted while the applicant operated under a professional license. Volunteer work does not qualify.
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Registrants are required to bring a laptop with wireless internet capabilities to the training.

Upcoming Programs:

A Training/Examination for CBIS will be held on Nov. 13, 2018 in Saratoga Springs. The registration deadline is Sept. 10, 2018. More information, including qualifications required to sit for the exam, are available here.

The next CBIS training course is scheduled for June  4, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Please contact Karen Thomas at (518) 459-7911 or via email for more information about CBIS and other training programs.