Education and Training

The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina wants to help meet your training need. We provide programs for agencies and civic groups on many different aspects of brain injury. Each person with a brain injury, whether traumatic (TBI) or non-traumatic, is unique and has the potential to make improvements with appropriate and timely services. We want to help you better serve, and care for, people with brain injuries.


Certified Brain Injury Specialist

BIANC provides Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) training to professionals and service workers across North Carolina.  A three day class is available specifically to review material for the certification exam, and to strengthen the network of dedicated, competent brain injury specialists across North Carolina.

A Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer (CBIST) designation is also available. This additional classification allows professionals to conduct CBIS courses and administer the necessary exams.

The CBIS and CBIST certifications are developed and administered through the Brain Injury Association of America. These designations require an applicant to pass a standardized exam, possess a high school education, and complete 500 hours of paid work experience with brain injury in the past 3 years.

The 2017 CBIS program has new materials and information! The chart below explains the different training options you can attend the class. Options include attending the class to become CBIS by completing the exam, or attending the class for review of brain injury information without taking the exam

In addition, current CBIS can use the new training as CEUs for their certification renewal.

Pricing Course Overview/Materials Class Time Suggested Audience
$500 Training/Review, National Online Exam for Certification, Includes Latest CBIS Manual Edition. 3 days including exam Interest in becoming CBIS, and meets certification requirements
$250 Training/Review, Includes Latest CBIS Manual Edition 2.5 days, no exam Professionals, Previous CBIS, Support Group Leaders, BIANC Board Members, Other Direct Care Staff

Required Text: The Essential Brain Injury Guide Edition 5.0

Please review the website, or the event flyer to learn more.

* Do not register on the website if you are planning on completing CBIS with BIANC.

Please contact BIANC for special offers and available group rates.

Upcoming Class

When: April 4th-6th, 2017
Where: O’Berry Center, in Goldsboro, NC
Cost: See Chart Above
Contact: Susan Fewell, (919) 618 – 3003 or

Registration Deadline:

March 10, 2017 (Taking the Exam)

March 20, 2017 (Not the Taking Exam)


To Register if Taking the Exam

1) Download and complete the registration form: BIANC CBIS Application
2) Email an electronic copy of your resume:
3) Mail completed application, along with check to:

PO Box 97984
Raleigh NC 27624


To Register if NOT Taking the Exam

1) Download and complete the registration form: CBIS Training Form
2) Mail completed application, along with check to:

PO Box 97984
Raleigh NC 27624


Become a Proctor 

BIANC can provide a proctor during the exam period or work with each applicant to find a proctor in the local community. The following individuals may act as a proctor:

– Colleague or Supervisor of the CBIS applicant
– Individual who holds the CBIST designation
– BIANC Staff Member (with CBIS designation)

To become a proctor, please contact the BIANC office.

Phone: (919) 833 – 9634

Online Modules

BIANC wants to help meet your training need. These two separate online courses can help professionals, survivors, and family members learn more about brain injury. In addition, the modules listed can be classified as educational hours for your CBIS certification renewal credits.


NC Brain Injury Training:
This module is an online orientation and training program available at no cost to anyone interested in learning more about traumatic brain injury. The website contains information about TBI for healthcare professionals and service providers, as well as resources available in North Carolina and across the country for individuals and their families living with the effects of TBI.

The training consists of five training modules. Each module is followed by a brief quiz to maximize the effectiveness of the training.


Brain Injury 101:
Presented by the Brain Injury Association of America, Brain Injury 101 is a straightforward training program that can be modified from one hour to a full day of training for your organization or program. Topics include the causes and consequences of brain injury, definitions, methods of assessing needs, community resources, and how to deal with specific behaviors.

The video uses simple language and images of real people who have sustained a brain injury, as well as medical experts and advocates. Judy Fortin, former CNN anchor and medical correspondent, guides you through important information to help maximize your loved one’s recovery. Lee Woodruff adds practical advice – her husband, Bob Woodruff of ABC News, was injured in a bomb blast in Iraq.

“Into the Future” Conference

Into the Future – Thriving Through Connections

A conference for caregivers, families, and professionals involved in lifetime planning for survivors of brain injury.

When: April 24, 2017
8:15am – 3:15 pm

Where: The Farm
Selma, NC 27576

Event Flyer


1) Download and complete the form below
2) Make check payable to BIANC
3) Mail form with check to

P.O. Box 97984
Raleigh, NC 27624

adobe-PDF-iconInto the Future – Registration Form & Agenda

 Online Registration


Lodging Option

Fairfield Inn & Suites
$79 rate per night (plus tax) for Sunday April 23, 2017
More Information




Traumatic Brain Injury Conference

Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference 2017

 Save the Date!


November 3rd & 4th, 2017


Asheville, NC


Please check early Fall 2017 for more details and registration!


BIANC Webinars

Brain Injury Basics & Strategies Webinars

The webinar, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, is ideal for providers, family members, support teams, and individuals with brain injury. Webinars will be facilitated by Resource & Training coordinators from across North Carolina.

Attendees will learn about brain, the changes that occur following injury, and potential strategies to aid in challenges affecting daily living. If you’ve seen one brain injury, you’ve only seen one brain injury. Every individual with a brain injury is a person first, and deserves respect and dignity from all individuals.

There is no cost to attend webinars in 2017, but registration is required. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

Objectives of the webinar include:

  1. What is brain injury?
    • Definitions, causes, incidence
    • Interconnections, and parts of the brain
  2. What changes occur after a brain injury?
    • Physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges, and strategies
  3. Value of BIANC
    • Resources for individuals with brain injuries, families, and professionals


When: 2nd Tuesday of each Quarter in 2017 from 12pm to 1pm.

Dates: March 14, June 13, September 12, December 12


For Registration, please click here.

Event Flyer