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Standards for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)

Changes in the Standards

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they apply under the current BACB Standards. The current BACB Standards will be posted on the BACB website. The BACB Standards are subject to revision in the sole discretion of the BACB Board of Directors. Whenever possible, advance notice of any substantial standard changes will also be posted at this website.

Eligibility to sit for the BCBA certification examination requires completion of Sections A and B below and compliance with all other rules and requirements of the BACB.

 

BACB Degree Documentation Standards

The BACB’s degree requirements may only be met after an acceptable degree has been conferred.

Acceptable Documentation of Degree Conferral: an official university transcript clearly showing that the degree has been conferred/awarded and that includes the date of conferral.

If an applicant has met the program requirements for a degree, but the degree has not yet been conferred, the BACB may accept interim documentation, at its discretion, with the stipulation that no final determinations will be made until an official university transcript is received.

Acceptable Interim Documentation: a letter from the university registrar, on university letterhead, verifying that all degree requirements have been met and indicating the date on which the degree will be awarded.

If approval to sit for an exam is issued based on interim documentation, the candidate’s exam result will not be released until an official university transcript clearly showing that the degree has been conferred/awarded is received.

Eligibility deadlines, especially those related to changes in eligibility standards, will be assessed based solely upon the date of conferral listed on the official university transcript. Interim documentation cannot be used to bypass BACB deadlines.

 

A. Degree Requirement:

Possession of a minimum a master's degree 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 from any of the following:

  1. A United States institution of higher education listed in the CHEA Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited by Recognized U.S. Accrediting Organizations; OR
  2. A Canadian institution of higher education that is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada or the Association of Canadian Community Colleges; OR
  3. An institution of higher education located outside the United States or Canada that, at the time the applicant was enrolled and at the time the applicant graduated, maintained a standard of training equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions accredited in the United States as demonstrated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
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    Click here for more information about acceptable degrees and upcoming changes.

B. Training and Experience Requirements

OPTION 1: COURSEWORK OPTION

  1. Coursework: The applicant must complete 225 classroom hours of graduate level instruction (see Acceptable Coursework below) in the following content areas and for the number of hours specified:
    1. Ethical considerations - 15 hours
    2. Definition & characteristics and Principles, processes & concepts - 45 hours
    3. Behavioral assessment and Selecting intervention outcomes & strategies - 35 hours
    4. Experimental evaluation of interventions - 20 hours
    5. Measurement of behavior and Displaying & interpreting behavioral data - 20 hours
    6. Behavior change procedures and Systems support - 45 hours
    7. Discretionary behavior-analytic content - 45 hours
  2. Acceptable Coursework: College or university courses in behavior analysis, that are taken from an institution that meets the requirements specified in Section A.

    Changes in Coursework: Please note that the coursework requirements will increase with the first examination of 2015.  Click here for information about the new requirements that will go into effect at that time.

  3. Experience: Click here for the experience requirements for BCBA eligibility.  The applicant must complete experience that meets these stated requirements.  Applicants should carefully review the experience standards with their supervisor(s) before beginning their experience.

 

OPTION 2: COLLEGE TEACHING OPTION (Note: Significant changes to this option will go into effect January 1, 2016. See our November 2014 newsletter for details.)

  1. College Teaching: The applicant must complete a one academic-year, full-time faculty appointment at a college or university (as described in Section A above) during which the applicant:
    • Teaches classes on basic principles of behavior, single-subject research methods, applications of basic principles of behavior in applied settings, and ethical issues; and
    • conducts and publishes research in behavior analysis.
  2. Experience: Click here for the experience requirements for BCBA eligibility.  The applicant must complete experience that meets these stated requirements.  Applicants should carefully review the experience standards with their supervisor(s) before beginning their experience.

 

 OPTION 3: DOCTORATE/BCBA REVIEW OPTION (Note: Significant changes to this option will go into effect January 1, 2016. See our November 2014 newsletter for details.)

  1. Doctorate Degree: The applicant must have a doctoral degree, conferred at least ten (10) years prior to applying. The field of study must be behavior analysis, psychology, education or another related field (doctoral degrees in related fields are subject to BACB approval).
  2. BCBA Review: The applicant must have 10 years post-doctoral experience practicing behavior analysis. Experience must be verified independently by three Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and supported by information provided on the applicant's CV (curriculum vitae).


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Also see: BCaBA Standards