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 Individual meets certification requirements of 500 paid hours in brain injury within the past 3 years.
$250 Training/Review, Includes Latest CBIS Manual Edition 2.5 days Individuals who does not meet certification requirements. Previous CBIS, Support Group Leaders, BIANC Board Members

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:  October 25-27, 2017

Where: WakeMed Cary, NC

1900 Kildare Farm Road

Cary, NC 27518


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.


BIANC’s New Training Modules:
BIANC has not only updated our current NC modules with partnership from Greensboro Area Health Education Center, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI), but has created a new course targeting primary care physicians and professionals featuring 4 NC professionals! This new course was helped made possible by the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services and the Administration for Community Living.

Including this specialized training,  NC will house 5 (FREE!) total modules spanning topics of

  • Public Services & TBI in NC (coming soon),
  • Pediatrics and TBI,
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Changes in Adults with TBI,
  • Substance Use & TBI, and
  • Primary Care and TBI.

Aside from the specialty population module, these courses are intended for service providers in North Carolina public service agencies, including: Local Management Entities (LMEs), vocational rehabilitation or independent living offices, educators, case managers, substance abuse or mental health professionals, social security or social services professionals, advocacy or support agencies, or anyone else who serves people with brain injury.

Please make note that the previous location of online training modules, nctbitraining, is inactive.

2017 Online Training Modules


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.

BIANC Family Conference

‘What You Do Today Can Improve All Your Tomorrows’

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


Save the Date!!

Join us for our 2018 Family Conference!


April 17, 2018


Bur-Mil Clubhouse

5834 Bur-Mill Clubhouse

Greensboro, NC 27410




Event Flyer


Registration Form

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


Online Registration Now Available!

Online Registration




Traumatic Brain Injury Conference

Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference 2018

Save The Date!



Friday and Saturday, November 30th & December 1st, 2018


Asheville, NC


The Brain Injury Association of NC (BIANC), in collaboration with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), is offering this interprofessional conference on November 30 & December 1, 2018, at MAHEC in Asheville, NC.

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: March 2018


Registration coming soon!