The CNS (Certified Neuro Specialist) Certification Course is an advanced-level continuing education course that introduces evidence-based interventions for the stroke and brain injury population. This is a hybrid course that takes place online (20 hours of self-study) and in-person (10 hours of hands-on labs).

CNS is an internationally-recognized certification available to healthcare professionals from all nations. Specialists are equipped with certifiable knowledge and skills to provide effective interventions based on current, high-level evidence. Participants of the course will receive hands-on education on treating multiple systems, including the physical, cognitive, perceptual, psychosocial, and environmental systems. Moreover, participants will be introduced to new technologies and devices in neurological rehabilitation such as EMG technology and virtual reality.



Download our course brochure. The CNS Certification Course emphasizes current, evidence-based interventions and strategies for neurological rehabilitation. Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on workshops. Topics will include the following:

  • Neurological Foundations

  • Evaluation Tools, Clinical Measures, & Imaging

  • The Physical System: Motor Control & Movement

  • The Perceptual System: Sensation, Vision, & Communication

  • The Cognitive System: Attention, Memory, & Executive Functions

  • The Psychosocial System: Emotion, Social Cognition, & Mental Health

  • The Environmental System: Home, Work, & Community Integration

  • Technologies & Devices: Orthotics, EMG, & Virtual Reality



  1. Complete the CNS Certification Course, which includes 20-hours of online content (self-study) + 10-hours of lab (in-person).

  2. Complete the in-person certification exam (on your lab day) and receive a passing score of 80%.

  3. The initial CNS Certification is granted for a five year period. Re-certification is required every five years.


After the initial five year certification period, a renewal application and application fee ($65.00) is required to maintain certification status every five years. Individuals must provide documentation of the following continuing education (CE) requirements (24 hours total):

  • Minimum of 8 hours from any CNS Advanced Course.
    Note: Practitioners who complete any CNS Advanced Course will earn the designation "CNS-Advanced."

  • Remaining 16 hours of continuing education may be completed from any course related to neurological conditions or deficits.

  • If audited, applicants must submit evidence of continuing education hours. Approved documentation may include continuing education transcripts, letters, or certificates from organizations, courses, seminars, workshops, etc.




At the end of the certification course, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate and implement best practice interventions in the field of upper motor neuron rehabilitation.

  • Describe the clinical presentation and pathophysiology of upper motor neuron conditions.

  • Apply clinical measures to assess neurological deficits across multiple systems.

  • Incorporate remedial and compensatory interventions to improve client outcomes.

  • Implement new technologies and devices in clinical practice.


30 continuing education hours (30 contact hours) for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants through California Education Connection (Approval Number: CEC-980).

30 professional development units (30 contact hours) for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants. Most States will award CE units upon course completion; however, please verify with your individual State Board for CEU/PDU eligibility.

All national and international healthcare professionals are eligible to take the course and earn the certification. You may download our course brochure for CEU/PDU pre-approval. Please contact us at info@neurospecialist.org if you require additional documents.


The certification course is intended as an advanced-level course for occupational therapists (OT), occupational therapy assistants (OTA), physical therapists (PT), and physical therapist assistants (PTA).
Other healthcare professionals interested in neuro-rehabilitation are welcome to attend and earn the certification (professional license and degree from an accredited college or university required). Please verify with your State or National Board for CEU eligibility.



June 2021

Los Angeles, CA

Please sign up for one of the following LAB dates.

Registration includes 20 hours of online (self-study) content and 10 hours of lab (in-person), including:
CNS Pre-Course Workbook (immediately after registration)
CNS Course Book & Video Content (immediately after registration)
CNS Lab Book & Lab Materials (on your lab date)


Please allow up to 48 hours to verify your license and process your registration; you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

June 5, 2021 Lab

08:00 AM to 06:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Los Angeles, CA



$865 Early Registration (by Apr 25, 2021)
$895 Standard Registration (by June 1, 2021)


Venue: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pasadena - Los Angeles
3500 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

June 6, 2021 Lab

08:00 AM to 06:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Los Angeles, CA


$865 Early Registration (by Apr 25, 2021)
$895 Standard Registration (by June 1, 2021)

Venue: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pasadena - Los Angeles
3500 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

June 26, 2021 Lab

08:00 AM to 06:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Los Angeles, CA


$865 Early Registration (by Apr 25, 2021)
$895 Standard Registration (by June 1, 2021)

Venue: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pasadena - Los Angeles
3500 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

June 27, 2021 Lab

08:00 AM to 06:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Los Angeles, CA


$865 Early Registration (by Apr 25, 2021)
$895 Standard Registration (by June 1, 2021)

Venue: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pasadena - Los Angeles
3500 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

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Important Information & Disclaimers, Terms & Conditions, and Privacy Policy.

By registering and submitting payment, you have agreed to all of the aforementioned items.




  • Full course attendance is required to earn the CNS designation.

  • In-person labs may not be completed remotely; participants must attend the in-person lab to fulfill the course requirements. 

  • Due to Covid-19, hands-on participation is optional; however, participants must demonstrate competency in all labs to meet the certification standards.


  • Participants must complete the certification exam on the day of their in-person lab.

  • Participants must receive a passing score of 80% to obtain the CNS designation.

  • Participants who do not pass the exam on the first attempt will have an opportunity to remediate (in-person, on the same lab date). 


  • The Neuro Specialist Institute is adhering to all Federal, State, and County regulations for hygiene and social distancing.

  • To attend our in-person course/labs, participants must adhere to all Federal/State/County rules; comply with safety regulations set by the venue; and sign a liability waiver (see sample).

  • Due to Covid-19, the course location is subject to change in order to meet evolving regulations. Alternative locations will remain in the Greater Los Angeles area or Orange County.

  • The Neuro Specialist Institute is not liable for attendee expenses incurred for travel and lodging in any of its courses, workshops, or seminars.


  • Participants will have immediate access to digital content for the self-study component of the course. Therefore, all sales are final and participants are not eligible for any refund.

  • If participants are unable to travel to their scheduled lab date due to State, Federal, or International restrictions, participants may postpone their lab date to a future date of their choice.

  • To initiate the postponement process, please contact us directly at info@neurospecialist.org or (323) 325-5244.


  • The "CNS" designation indicates that a healthcare professional has completed advanced training in neurological rehabilitation through a series of workshops/seminars, and has successfully passed a certification examination on that material. 

  • Certification indicates that a person has met specific requirements of the certification process, but is not a guarantee of any individual's competency, accuracy, or expertise in any particular treatment or outcome.

  • The "CNS" designation does not expand a professional’s scope of practice. It does not qualify a healthcare professional to offer or provide services without appropriate licensure or credentials.

  • The Neuro Specialist Institute shall not be liable for any loss, damage, injury, claim, or otherwise, whether an action in contract or tort and shall further not be liable for any lost profits, or direct, indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees and expenses).

  • CNS is a certification mark that is federally registered and protected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). All rights reserved.

  • The Neuro Specialist Institute reserves the right to screen applicants during the registration process. Only applicants in good standing (not subject to any sanction, suspension, or disciplinary censures) and without history of any legal/ethical/academic disciplinary actions will be given consideration to take any course by The Neuro Specialist Institute.



June 2021 - Los Angeles



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