This option to qualify for BCBA certification requires an acceptable doctoral degree, 10 years post-doctoral experience practicing behavior analysis, acceptable supplemental experience, and passing the BCBA exam.
Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in an acceptable field of study from a qualifying institution. Acceptable fields of study are behavior analysis, education, or psychology. Degrees may also be accepted from degree programs in which the candidate completed a BACB approved course sequence. Applicants who are unsure of whether the field of study of their degree is acceptable may request a preliminary review.
Acceptable postdoctoral experience is defined as:
Required documents for this experience are a curriculum vitae, signed attestations from current or former employers, and proof of the applicable professional credential(s).
Applicants must complete at least 500 hours of supervised experience that meets current Experience Standards. Please note that these standards stipulate training requirements for supervisees and supervisors which must be completed before experience begins. This experience must commence following the 10 years of postdoctoral experience.
Required documentation for this experience is a signed Experience Verification Form.
Applicants must take and pass the BCBA exam. Authorization to take the exam is only provided to applicants who have submitted a complete application to the BACB, including all documentation necessary to demonstrate that they have met eligibility requirements.
Note: See our October 2015 newsletter for an extension of previous Option 3 requirements for individuals in certain non-English speaking countries. Individuals eligible for this extension may email us for further instructions.