Recent Developments
Important Reminder: Supervision and Experience Training Requirement
Supervisees may not start accumulating Supervised Independent Fieldwork, Practicum or Intensive Practicum hours until they have completed and passed the online training module of these standards. The module can be completed in under 90 minutes and is available free of charge via the Training tab in the BACB Gateway at www.BACB.com
Supervisors may not provide supervision until they have completed this module and the supervisory skills eight hour training from one of our approved continuing education providers.

Supervisors should be sure to remind their supervisees of this requirement.
December 2014 Newsletter
We are pleased to announce the online publication of the latest BACB Newsletter


Changes to BCaBA Supervision Requirements
Revised Practice Guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorder Released
Notes from the Legal Department
News & Notes
A Summary of Upcoming Changes to BACB Standards
Revised ASD Practice Guidelines Released

The BACB is pleased to announce the publication of the updated version of its autism spectrum disorder practice guidelines, now titled Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Funders and Managers (2nd ed.). The guidelines are available here.

November 2014 Newsletter

We are pleased to announce the online publication of the latest BACB Newsletter.

In this issue:
Annual Certification Renewals are Being Eliminated
Changes to BCBA Alternative Eligibility Standards
Introducing the Fourth Edition Task List Examinations
Notes from the Legal Department
On the Distinction between Direct Implementation and Other Experience Activities
News & Notes
A Summary of Upcoming Changes to BACB Standards.

New Ethics Code Introduced

The BACB will soon replace the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts and Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards with a new, single code of ethics: the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Read the latest issue of the BACB Newsletter for a description of the new code and revisions that will be made to the BACB’s disciplinary system. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2016.

RBT Application Now Available
The BACB is pleased to announce the opening of online applications for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential. Application instructions can be found here.
Board of Directors Elections
We are pleased to announce the results of our spring Board of Directors election. Drs. Iser (Willie) DeLeon and Stephanie Peterson each were elected to serve an additional three-year term and Dr. Jonathan Baker will begin serving a three-year term as a new director in August. We extend our congratulations to the newly elected directors and offer our thanks to all of the candidates for running. We also wish to thank all of the certificants who nominated candidates and the more than 2,100 who voted in this important election.
Exam Pass Rates Now Available for Approved Course Sequences
Per the announcement in our February 2013 newsletter, examination pass rates for Approved Course Sequences are now available here.

BACB Newsletter - RBT Special Edition
The standards for the BACB’s newest credential – The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) – are now available in our latest newsletter.  Click here to read more.
New Mailing Address
We are transitioning our mail to our permanent office location.  Please send all correspondence to

8051 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, Colorado 80127
Elections Results

We are pleased to announce the results of our Board of Directors election.  Suzanne Letso and Neil Martin each were elected to serve an additional three-year term.  Bridget Taylor will begin serving a three-year term as a new director.  We extend our congratulations to the newly elected directors and offer our thanks to all of candidates for running.  We also wish to thank all of the certificants who nominated candidates and who voted in this important election.

February 2013 Newsletter
We are pleased to announce the online publication of the latest BACB Newsletter.  This is a special edition devoted to changes in standards for current and future certificants.  Click here to view the newsletter.
BACB to Develop New Registered Behavior Technician ("RBT") Credential

The Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (“BACB®”) has authorized the development of a new professional credentialing program for behavior technicians, the front-line staff who implement behavior plans. The number of behavior technicians has grown along with the demand for quality behavior-analytic services. This growth, along with requests to identify and evaluate standards for behavior technicians by regulatory and funding stakeholders, firmly establishes the need for a new credential. The RBT™ credential will complement the BCBA-D™, BCBA®, and BCaBA® credentials as an entry-level program that reflects the education and training necessary for the duties of a behavior technician. The process for developing the behavior technician credential will involve a large-scale survey, a meeting of subject matter experts, and additional input from key stakeholders. Requirements for the new credential will then be submitted to the BACB Board of Directors for final input and approval before being disseminated to the field along with an implementation timeline. 

Changes to the Certificant Registry

Please be informed that, effective immediately, all certificants will now appear in the online Certificant Registry. With over 10,000 certificants, and with rapidly increasing inquiries from regulators, third-party payors, and consumers, the registry has increasingly become an important resource to the community. Certificants will still have the ability to disable email contact through the registry and opt out of receiving mass emails from third parties about training, educational, job, and research opportunities. We encourage all certificants to review their Information Release settings at the Certification Gateway.

BACB Certificants now Exceed 10,000 Worldwide
After processing the results of its September 2011 examinations, the BACB is pleased to announce that there are now over 10,000 certificants worldwide: 7,419 BCBAs, 1,150 BCBA-Ds, 1,596 BCaBAs and 93 FL-CBAs.  The BACB congratulates its 682 new certificants and welcomes them to the organization.

The BACB also wishes to thank the 16 subject matter experts who dedicated a weekend of their time in early October to review the recent examinations and help establish the new BCBA and BCaBA passing scores. The September 2011 BCBA and BCaBA examinations are the new “base” examinations for all administrations offered through 2014, at which point a new base examination and passing score will be developed for the Fourth Edition Task List.

The BACB uses the modified Angoff method for establishing the passing score for each base examination form. Subsequent examination forms are statistically equated to the base examination form to ensure that any differences in difficulty level are taken into account. As a result of the equating process, the pass rates generally remain quite stable throughout the life span of each base examination form. New base examination forms are created approximately every five years or whenever there is a significant change to the examination content, such as the introduction of a new Task List. The prior base examination was created in 2005. Periodic replacement of the base examination is required to ensure that the items on the base examination do not become over-exposed to candidates. Items that become over-exposed may no longer accurately measure the candidates’ knowledge of the required content.

The modified Angoff method is a criterion-referenced method that relies on the judgment of a panel of subject matter experts, who are BACB certificants. The panel members are carefully selected to be a representative sample of the overall certificant population based on a variety of factors, such as experience, type of practice, and geographic region.
In Memory of Dr. Shook
It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. Jerry Shook, founding CEO of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, passed away after a long struggle with cancer.  Dr. Shook's contributions to public policy and credentialing in behavior analysis were monumental in shaping the field as we know it today.  Behavior analysis has truly lost a giant today.
Change in Eligibility Documentation
Effective May 22, 2011, the BACB will require primary source verification, such as official transcripts, for all degrees and coursework.  This means we will no longer accept unofficial transcripts or photocopies or faxes of documents.
Ethics Application
We are pleased to offer a new application based on the BACB's Guidelines for Responsible Conduct.  Click here for more information and to download the application.
Implementation of New Degree Requirement to Qualify for Exam
In November 2009, the BACB Board of Directors approved new degree requirements at the BCBA and BCaBA levels.  Effective January 2011, the applicant must have the appropriate degree "from an accredited university, that was conferred in behavior analysis or other natural science, education, human services, engineering, medicine or a field related to behavior analysis and approved by the BACB". 

This requirement shall not apply to individuals who are enrolled in or have completed their degree program as of January 1, 2011 and who submit an application for examination by January 1, 2012.

Click here for information about acceptable degrees under the new requirement.
Logos Available for Approved Course Sequences and Approved CE Providers
The BACB has created specialized logos for use by Approved Course Sequences and Approved Continuing Education Providers.  If you are the designated contact person and would like to use a BACB logo, please email ACS@bacb.com for a course sequence logo or ACE@bacb.com for a CE provider logo.
Hemingway Award Winner
We are pleased to announce that the 2011 Michael Hemingway award will be given to Greg Wagner, PhD of California.  The award will be given to Dr. Wagner at the California Association for Behavior Analysis conference.  Click here for more information about the 2011 Hemingway award winner.
New Online System
The BACB has completed the implementation of our new online system. You should be able to accomplish most tasks using this system. You can perform the following activities:
• Exam applications, including retakes and taking the examination to meet the continuing education requirement
• BCBA-D, BCBA, and BCaBA annual renewal applications
• Entering Continuing Education credits
• BCBA-D, BCBA, and BCaBA recertification applications once sufficient CEU's including the required Ethics/Professional Behavior have been entered
• Update your contact information
• Change your communication preferences
• Change your password
We should be adding additional functionality over time. We hope you will find our new web page and online system to your liking. Correspondence regarding issues with the online system should be directed to gateway@bacb.com
BCBA-D fee change
For the past two years, the BACB has offered the BCBA-D recognition free of charge. When you applied, we indicated that the fee would be between $25 and $50. The Board of Directors set the fee at $35, which we will be implementing as of January 1, 2011. If for any reason, you do not wish to continue your BCBA-D recognition, you will need to contact the BACB to request removal of the doctoral designation.
Fourth Edition Task List & New Coursework Requirements
The BACB has recently completed a Job Task Analysis (JTA) update to ensure that we have current content in the eligibility standards and examinations. This multi-year process included a subject matter expert panel and subsequent comprehensive survey of practitioners and university contact faculty to determine what behavior analytic content practitioners need to know. The BACB wishes to thank everyone who participated in this process. The resulting data were analyzed and the new Fourth Edition Task List was constructed. The BACB Board of Directors has approved the Fourth Edition Task List and new Coursework Content Allocation. We will begin testing using the new Fourth Edition Task List content with the first examination administration of 2015, and we will discontinue testing based on the old Third Edition Task List content with the last examination administration of 2014.

Click here to download the new Fourth Edition Task List.

Click here to download the new Coursework Content Allocation.
Revised Guidelines for Responsible Conduct
The BACB Board of Directors has approved minor revisions to the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct. These revisions were recommended by an expert panel consisting of certificants Jon Bailey (chair), Jose Martinez-Diaz, Wayne Fuqua, Ellie Kazemi, Sharon Reeve, and Jerry Shook. Most of the panel members were professors who coordinate and teach ethics and the Guidelines in BACB approved course sequences. The BACB has made the revised Guidelines effective immediately however the new material on the revised Guidelines will not appear on BACB examinations until the new Task List goes into effect. Until that time, questions will be based only on the material shared by the 'old' and revised Guidelines, so teaching either will cover the material that will be tested.

Click here to download the new Guidelines
Email Blocking Problems
Email is the primary mode of communication with certificants. Please add the domain BACB.com as a 'safe sender' in your email program to ensure that you will receive all BACB communications.
Acceptance of Florida Non-University Classes To Be Phased-Out
Effective 10/01/10 Florida Non-University classes will not be accepted to qualify for examination. Florida university coursework will be accepted. All applications for examination using Florida Non-university classes must be received before 10/01/10.
Acceptance of 'Old' Experience To Be Phased-Out
Effective 10/01/10 "Old" experience will not be accepted to qualify for examination and only "new" experience will be accepted. All applications for examination using "old" experience must be received before 10/01/10.
Oklahoma Enacts Behavior Analyst Licensing Law Using BACB Model
The Governor of Oklahoma signed into law a behavior analyst licensing act which uses active BACB certifications as the basis for obtaining and maintaining the license. The BACB worked with certificants, government agencies, parent advocates, and the Oklahoma legislature to develop this important law.
European Association for Behavior Analysis Endorses BACB Certification
The EABA "formally endorse the professional credentials issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. EABA recognises BACB credentials as standards for professional practice in Europe and commits to help with their dissemination in Europe." The BACB recognizes that EABA is the reference for behavior analysis in Europe, and is an allied institution in spreading behavior analysis and BACB credential recognition in Europe.
New BCaBA Supervision Procedures
The BACB has posted new procedures for implementing of supervision of BCaBAs by BCBAs. Supervision & documentation requirements will begin January 1, 2009. Click here for a document specifying the requirements and supervision reporting form.
New Professional Disciplinary Standards
The BACB will be implementing new Professional Disciplinary Standards effective 01/01/2010. Click here to view the new Standards.
Association of Professional Behavior Analysts
The BACB is pleased to provide the following two documents for your information: a unified statement of mutual support between three major behavior analysis organizations, and an announcement containing details on a new organization that will provide support for BACB certificants.
NCCA Accreditation
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board's BCBA and BCaBA credentialing programs are now accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies in Washington, DC. The NCCA is the accreditation body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance.
Autism Task List
The BACB has decided not to pursue a credential in autism at this time, however valuable information regarding content for BCBAs working with persons with autism was obtained as part of the exploratory process. The BACB is releasing this information in the form of the BACB Task List for Board Certified Behavior Analysts Working with Persons with Autism©. Please click here for the Task List and click here for information on the exploration of an autism specialty.
Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
Effective January 1, 2009, individuals certified as Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts will be certified as Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts and must document supervision by a BCBA. Please see newsletters for more details.
US Department of Defense Autism Report and Plan
The BACB provided information to the DoD to help DoD develop a report and plan of services for military dependent children with autism. This report and plan supports applied behavior analysis (ABA) and the BACB credentials. Please click here to view the report.
New Continuing Education Requirement
Effective July 1, 2008, certificants recertifying must present 3 continuing education hours in ethics and professional behavior.