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What happens if I must take a break from my coursework or experience after I begin pursuing certification?    Answer
I know I can't claim to be a BCBA or BCaBA until I become certified.  What can I say to represent that I am pursuing certification?   Answer
I am currently a BCaBA and I would like to "upgrade" to BCBA certification.  Is that possible?   Answer
I've had a DUI/DWI in the past.  Will this keep me from becoming certified?   Answer
How long do I have to complete the requirements for certification?  Is my coursework/degree too old to count?   Answer
The BACB Reporting Requirements state that certain information must be reported within 30 days. How do I know if something that's happened to me is something I must report? What information do I need to provide?   Answer
How do I appeal a denial of my application?   Answer
May I take the exam again after I become certified?  If so, what happens if I fail?   Answer
May I take more than one exam during a given administration window?   Answer
Will I be affected by changes to the eligibility requirements for certification?   Answer
Does the BACB accept electronic official transcripts?   Answer
I believe that I meet the eligibility requirements to take one of the certification examinations. When is the next examination and how can I apply?   Answer
When will the examinations be administered next?   Answer
When should I apply to take the examinations?   Answer
I will complete my required coursework and degree after the application deadline but before the next examination administration. May I apply to take the examination if I provide documentation of completion after the application deadline but before the examination administration?

I will complete my required coursework and degree after the next examination administration. May I take the examination if I provide documentation of completion after I take the examination and before grades are issued?   Answer
Should I have documentation such as transcripts or letters sent from the original source directly to the BACB?   Answer
Are there special provisions for applicants who received their degree or training from universities outside the United States or Canada, or have transcripts and other required documentation in a language other than English?   Answer
I am not sure that I meet a specific part of the requirements (such as coursework or degree) and would like the BACB to pre-review my materials addressing that part of the requirements to determine if I meet the qualifications before I actually apply to take the examination. Will the BACB pre-review just a specific part of the application such as coursework?   Answer
What happens if I submit a complete application and the BACB determines that I am not eligible to take the examination?   Answer
BCBA and BCaBA applications state that I need to agree to a number of BACB standards. Where can I find them?   Answer
I did not obtain my coursework from a BACB-approved course sequence but I have taken Behavior Analysis coursework elsewhere. The application and Coursework Option of the application require that I include verification that my coursework was behavior analytic in nature. What materials must I provide to do so?   Answer
Are there any non-college or university courses approved or accepted by the BACB that I may use to meet the coursework requirements?   Answer
May I use practicum or fieldwork experience to meet any portion of the coursework requirements?   Answer
I have courses in clinical psychology, statistics, psychometrics, psychological testing, cognitive therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior therapy, theories of special education, characteristics of autism and developmental disabilities and other courses that deal with behavior. Are these courses behavior analysis? May I use them to meet BACB coursework requirements?   Answer
I cannot verify that I had the required coursework, however I have been a practicing behavior analyst for some time and I have a doctorate degree. Can I qualify to take the BCBA examination?   Answer
What are qualifications for Supervisor under the Experience Standards?   Answer
Are there any limits on:
  1. When in my career I can have accrued my experience
  2. How many different sites I may obtain experience
  3. How many mentors or supervisors I may have
  4. Number of hours per week that I must be engaged in behavior analysis
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Are there any requirements on the frequency or nature of the supervision? Is there any specific documentation that must be provided by the supervisor? What if my supervisor refuses to sign the form documenting my experience?   Answer
What is meant by "designing, implementing and monitoring behavior analysis programs?" Do all of my activities during the experience have to involve face-to-face contact with the client for the experience to qualify?   Answer
What is meant by "overseeing the implementation of behavior analysis programs by others?" Do all of my activities during the experience have to involve face-to-face contact with the person for whom I am providing oversight for the experience to qualify?   Answer
How do I find a supervisor?   Answer
May I reschedule or defer the date that I want to take the examination?   Answer
When should I expect a response from the BACB regarding my examination application?   Answer
Once I have taken the examination, how soon will I know the results, what score information will I receive, and why does it take so long for me to receive my results? Are the written comments I make on the examination used to grade my examination? If I do not pass, may I review my answers or challenge specific items on the examination?   Answer
If I fail the examination on my first attempt, may I re-take the examination without going through the entire application process? How many times may I re-take the examination?   Answer
Once I have BACB Certification, is there anything I need to do to keep it? Must I re-take the examination periodically?   Answer



Q:
What happens if I must take a break from my coursework or experience after I begin pursuing certification? 
A:
There is nothing that requires your coursework or experience to be continuous.  Although you cannot begin accumulating experience until after your coursework begins, once you have begun your coursework and experience, you may continue accumulating experience even if you take a break from coursework.  Or you may continue with your coursework even if you take a break from your experience. 

If, for a period of time, your experience does not meet the requirements, then you should not count experience hours during that time.  However, you may still count hours accumulated before and after that time period.

The start-date and end-date of experience may not be more than five years apart.  
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I know I can't claim to be a BCBA or BCaBA until I become certified.  What can I say to represent that I am pursuing certification?
A:

You may not use any references to Board Certification or the examination to become Board Certified unless you are actively certified.  You may state that you are working toward national certification, but you should not mention BACB, BCBA or BCaBA.  See our September 2008 newsletter for a more detailed discussion of this issue.

 
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I am currently a BCaBA and I would like to "upgrade" to BCBA certification.  Is that possible?
A:
The BCaBA and BCBA are separate credentials and have separate eligibility criteria.  In order to become a BCBA, you must meet all of the criteria for BCBA certification and pass the BCBA examination.  However, two items you applied toward your BCaBA certification might also apply to BCBA certification:

Experience:  Current BCaBA certification can be counted as 1,000 hours of experience under the Supervised Independent Fieldwork category.  You would only need to gain an additional 500 hours of experience under the current experience standards after you begin your graduate coursework. 

Graduate Coursework:  Only coursework taken for graduate credit can be used toward BCBA-level certification.  If you used graduate coursework to qualify for BCaBA certification, you can also use it toward the requirements for BCBA certification.  
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I've had a DUI/DWI in the past.  Will this keep me from becoming certified?
A:

We do advise you to report DUIs to us as part of the application process (See this link for an FAQ about what to report).  Each application is reviewed independently, so we cannot make any determinations about your specific case until you apply for certification and report the matter.  However, a single DUI without any extenuating circumstances or incarceration typically does not keep an individual from becoming certified.

 
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How long do I have to complete the requirements for certification?  Is my coursework/degree too old to count?
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The BACB doesn't state a specific time limit on completion of the requirements for certification, with the exception of experience, which must be completed with five years (i.e., the start-date and end-date may not be more than five years apart).  However, there are some limitations within the standards that may affect the time-frame you have to complete the requirements.  For example:

-The requirements for certification are reevaluated and updated from time-to-time.  You should check www.BACB.com frequently for any announcements regarding changes to the standards, such as the increase in coursework requirements that will go into effect with the new exams in 2015.

-The experience requirements stipulate certain minimums and maximums for the number of hours worked per week, which limit how quickly you can accumulate your experience.  Also, the start-date and end-dates of experience cannot be more than five years apart.

There is no limit on how old your degree or coursework can be, as long as they meet all of the current requirements.  
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The BACB Reporting Requirements state that certain information must be reported within 30 days. How do I know if something that's happened to me is something I must report? What information do I need to provide?
A:
We advise erring on the side of caution and reporting any matter that might fall within the reporting requirements, even if you're uncertain. This way, the matter can be reviewed and recorded as reported in a timely manner. You should report investigations as soon as you are notified of them, even if you expect the findings to be in your favor. You should also report DUIs (DWIs) and any other charges, investigations or convictions as they relate to public health and safety.

When reporting a matter to the BACB, you must include documentation related to it. Typically, the initial and closing documentation are best. Some examples are:

-For an investigation, the initial notice of an investigation, followed later by the notice of the outcome of the investigation.

-For a criminal matter the initial charging documents as well as the closing documents (e.g., documentation of conviction, acquittal, completion of sentence, etc.).

If you do not have documentation of a matter, please state that fact when reporting the matter and explain why no documentation is available.

 
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How do I appeal a denial of my application?
A:
The BACB will permit appeal of certain decisions by staff.  BACB deadlines, fees, examination content, specific test questions, and/or answers may not be appealed.  To file an appeal send an email to legal@bacb.com with "Request for Appeal" in the subject line.  Your appeal must be received by the BACB within thirty (30) days of the date of the decision being appealed.  Please ensure that you receive a confirmation of timely receipt from the BACB.

 
Q:
May I take the exam again after I become certified?  If so, what happens if I fail?
A:
The BACB examinations are only offered to individuals who are seeking BACB certification or continuing education, and for no other purpose.  Certificants may take the current exam for continuing education in the third year of their recertification cycle.  Passing the appropriate examination will satisfy the continuing education requirement for your current recertification period.  You would still need to submit the appropriate recertification application and fee after earning CE by passing the examination.

Please be advised that if you take the exam for continuing education and do not pass, you will no longer be certified by the BACB.  You will not be eligible to regain your certification via renewal, recertification or reentry.  In order to become certified again after failing the exam, you must reapply under the current eligibility requirements and pass the examination.

Taking the examination for any reason other than certification or recertification is prohibited.  The BACB examinations and individual questions are copyright protected and highly confidential trade secrets.  Taking the examination in order to review items for the purpose of advising future candidates is not permitted and could constitute a violation of the Terms and Conditions for taking the examination (found here).  Providing and/or receiving unauthorized advice about exam content before, during, or following the examination is a violation of the BACB’s Disciplinary and Ethical Standards.  
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May I take more than one exam during a given administration window?
A:
No. You may only take one exam during any administration.

If you are authorized to take both the BCBA and BCaBA examination, you must choose only one exam to take during an administration. You may not take both exams.

Taking one level of the exam more than once during any administration is also not permitted.  
Q:
Will I be affected by changes to the eligibility requirements for certification?
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In general, changes in eligibility requirements affect you based upon when you apply for certification.  You must meet the requirements in place at the time you apply, regardless of when your training was obtained.  Click here for a list of upcoming changes and their effective dates.

There are two upcoming changes which will have grace periods for documentation submission only.  They are:

2015 change to 4th Edition coursework:  The increased coursework requirements based on the 4th Edition Task List are effective January 1, 2015.  However, some applicants who qualify under the current 3rd Edition coursework standards by the end of 2014 may not be able to obtain final transcripts before the end of the year.  Therefore, we will allow a 90-day grace period for applications utilizing 3rd Edition coursework.  This grace period will apply only to applications where all of the requirements for certification were met prior to January 1, 2015 and all application materials (e.g., fees, documentation) are received by March 31, 2015.  If any portion of the requirements (degree, coursework, or experience) was not completed before January 1, 2015, then the application will be subject to the 4th Edition coursework standards.  If any part of the application is incomplete as of March 31, 2015, then the application will be subject to the 4th Edition coursework standards.

2016 change to BCBA-level degree requirement:  The degree requirements for BCBA-level certification will change, effective January 1, 2016.  However, some applicants who meet the degree requirement by the end of 2015 may not be able to obtain final transcripts before the end of the year.  Therefore, we will allow a 90-day grace period for applications utilizing the previous degree requirements.  This grace period will apply only to applications where all of the requirements for certification were met prior to January 1, 2016 and all application materials (e.g., fees, documentation) are received by March 31, 2016.  If any portion of the requirements (degree, coursework, or experience) was not completed before January 1, 2016, then the application will be subject to the new degree requirement.  If any part of the application is incomplete as of March 31, 2016, then the application will be subject to the new degree requirement.

 
Q:
Does the BACB accept electronic official transcripts?
A:
Yes, we accept electronic official transcripts when they are sent directly from the school or clearinghouse to the BACB.  Please have electronic transcripts delivered directly to applications@bacb.com.  You must include a copy of the confirmation that the transcript was ordered with your application package to ensure accurate processing.
 
Q:
I believe that I meet the eligibility requirements to take one of the certification examinations. When is the next examination and how can I apply?
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The dates for the next administration may be found on the Examinations Administration page of this site. If you wish to apply for examination, be sure to review the appropriate Eligibility Standards and these Application FAQs.

Online Application: When you are ready to apply, please click here to create a BACB Gateway account and complete your online application. We highly recommend you apply online to expedite the application process.

Paper Application: Alternatively, you may download and print the application from the download section on BACB.com and submit a completed paper application. You will be charged an extra processing fee when submitting a paper application. Please see the Becoming Certified section on BACB.com for details.

However you chose to apply, we strongly encourage you to do so as early as possible.  Please refrain from doing so until you have met all of the requirements.  Be advised that, once you complete and pay for your application, it will expire in 90 days.

All supporting documentation for online applications, as well as paper applications with supporting documentation must be submitted to:

BACB
8051 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, Colorado 80127

Incomplete packets will be returned and invoke a $50 fee.

If your school offers electronic official transcripts, you may have those delivered directly to applications@bacb.com.  You must include a copy of the confirmation that the transcript was ordered with your application package.

We have found that the most efficient way to communicate with applicants is via email. We do not guarantee that we will be able to use other modes to communicate with you, given time constraints, so be sure to include your email address and make sure your spam filter is set to accept all messages from BACB.com.  
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When will the examinations be administered next?
A:
The dates for the next administration may be found on the Examinations Administration page of this site.  
Q:
When should I apply to take the examinations?
A:
You can apply at any time after you have met all of the eligibility requirements. Be advised that, once you complete and pay for your application, you will have 90 days to submit your complete packet of documentation before your application expires.  Incomplete packets will be returned and invoke a $50 fee.

Once your application is approved, you will receive instructions on how to schedule your testing appointment with Pearson VUE.

You have two years after approval date to take the examination, after which you must reapply.

We have found that the most efficient way to communicate with applicants is via email, we do not guarantee that we will be able to use other modes to communicate with you, given time constraints, so be sure to include your email address and make sure your spam filter is set to accept all messages from BACB.com.  
Q:
I will complete my required coursework and degree after the application deadline but before the next examination administration. May I apply to take the examination if I provide documentation of completion after the application deadline but before the examination administration?

I will complete my required coursework and degree after the next examination administration. May I take the examination if I provide documentation of completion after I take the examination and before grades are issued?
A:
No, you must have completed all eligibility requirements by the application deadline date and provide documentation that you have done so at that time. The BACB needs time to process applications, and must notify the examination administration company in advance of the administration dates.

Incomplete applications will remain open for up to 90 days after the date they are received, during which time you must submit your complete packet of required materials.
 
Q:
Should I have documentation such as transcripts or letters sent from the original source directly to the BACB?
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The BACB requires that all of your documents be sent in one complete package.  This allows us to process your application most efficiently.  You may obtain official transcripts (in unopened university-sealed envelopes) and forward the unopened official transcript (s) with your application materials.

If your school offers electronic official transcripts, you may have those delivered directly to applications@bacb.com.  You must include a copy of the confirmation that the transcript was ordered with your application package.

For Doctorate/BCBA Review applications, BCBA Review forms should be submitted in the same manner described above.  Please have the reviewers return their reviews to you in a sealed envelope that you then submit to the BACB unopened with your other application materials.  A completed Doctorate/BCBA Review packet should include: an unopened official transcript, a CV (7 pages maximum), and the three sealed reviews.
 
Q:
Are there special provisions for applicants who received their degree or training from universities outside the United States or Canada, or have transcripts and other required documentation in a language other than English?
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If you wish to apply for certification and your degree, coursework, or other credentials were obtained from a university outside the United States or Canada, the institution must have, at the time you were enrolled and at the time you graduated, maintained a standard of training equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions accredited in the United States as demonstrated by an assessment performed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
 
Q:
I am not sure that I meet a specific part of the requirements (such as coursework or degree) and would like the BACB to pre-review my materials addressing that part of the requirements to determine if I meet the qualifications before I actually apply to take the examination. Will the BACB pre-review just a specific part of the application such as coursework?
A:
We have mechanisms for preliminary review of degrees and coursework (described below).  Please note that these preliminary decisions are subject to final approval with a completed, formal application for certification. 

DEGREE:  The BACB offers preliminary reviews of degrees to determine whether they meet the current degree requirements.  There is no charge for these reviews.  Click here to review the degree requirements and request a review of your degree (if it is not listed).

COURSEWORK:  If you have coursework from a non-approved course sequence and would like it reviewed toward the BACB's coursework requirements, you may submit an application for coursework evaluation.  There is a fee of $100 for this service.  Upon review of your application for coursework evaluation, we will tell you what coursework can be accepted and what, if any, additional coursework is needed in order to meet the requirements.
 
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What happens if I submit a complete application and the BACB determines that I am not eligible to take the examination?
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BACB staff will notify you of application deficiencies via email and may suggest ways for you to meet the requirements. Incomplete applications will remain open for up to 90 days from the date they are received, during which time you may submit the required material without having to reapply.  
Q:
BCBA and BCaBA applications state that I need to agree to a number of BACB standards. Where can I find them?
A:
All of the BACB standards are on this website including, but not limited to, the Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards, Guidelines for Responsible Conduct, Eligibility Standards, and Renewal & Recertification Standards.  
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I did not obtain my coursework from a BACB-approved course sequence but I have taken Behavior Analysis coursework elsewhere. The application and Coursework Option of the application require that I include verification that my coursework was behavior analytic in nature. What materials must I provide to do so?
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You must provide documentation that the content of the courses listed on your transcript and on your Course Content Verification Form (or coursework portion of your online application) are behavior analytic in nature and meet the content requirements. If the course titles do not provide this documentation (which is almost always the case), you may provide copies of course syllabi, the names of text books and instructors, official university catalogue course descriptions (these are usually available from the university library), or other course related materials that document that the courses were behavior analytic and meet the content requirements.

If these are not available or are insufficient, the BACB may request that you obtain a letter (or letters) on university letterhead in which the professor, chair of the department, or your major advisor attests that the course was behavior analytic and meets the specific content requirements you have claimed. Individuals writing such a letter must be a behavior analyst, and the BACB reserves the right to have you submit the faculty's Curriculum Vitae or other documentation.

The letter should contain the name/number of the appropriate course(s) on the transcript and how many classroom contact hours of behavior analytic instruction were accrued in each content area for each course. We strongly suggest that you refer directly to the BCBA and BCaBA course content requirements when preparing the letter.  
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Are there any non-college or university courses approved or accepted by the BACB that I may use to meet the coursework requirements?
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Non-university courses are not approved by the BACB and we will accept only courses taught through properly accredited colleges and universities. The BACB does not approve or accept workshops or institutes.  
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May I use practicum or fieldwork experience to meet any portion of the coursework requirements?
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No, all coursework must be in-university classroom instruction in which the student has on-going interaction with the instructor. This classroom instruction may include role-playing or other learning exercises providing that the instructor is present and actively involved in the learning process.

Practicum, fieldwork or research hours may be used to meet coursework requirements only if they contain classroom instruction as specified above, and the applicant provides a letter on university letterhead from the instructor at the time of application. The letter should contain the name/number of the appropriate course (s) on the transcript and how many classroom contact hours of behavior analytic instruction were accrued in each content area for each course. We strongly suggest that you refer directly to the BCBA and BCaBA course content requirements in the letter.  
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I have courses in clinical psychology, statistics, psychometrics, psychological testing, cognitive therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior therapy, theories of special education, characteristics of autism and developmental disabilities and other courses that deal with behavior. Are these courses behavior analysis? May I use them to meet BACB coursework requirements?
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No, all coursework must be behavior analytic in nature. Although these non-behavior analytic courses may be valuable in other circumstances, they cannot be used to meet BACB eligibility requirements. The BACB uses the criteria found in "Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis" by D. M. Baer, M. M. Wolf, and T. R. Risley (Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Volume 1, 1968) to judge if courses are behavior analytic. You may also wish to review the Fourth Edition Task List for examples.  
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I cannot verify that I had the required coursework, however I have been a practicing behavior analyst for some time and I have a doctorate degree. Can I qualify to take the BCBA examination?
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You may be able to qualify under 1) the Doctorate/BCBA Review Option (Option 3) if you have a doctorate, have been practicing behavior analysis for at least 10 years post degree, and have your experience verified by BCBAs, or 2) the College Teaching Option (Option 2) if you have taught behavior analysis full-time in a college or university for a year and have done research and published in the field. See the BCBA eligibility requirements for details about these two options.  
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What are qualifications for Supervisor under the Experience Standards?
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The individual must be a BCBA or be approved by the BACB as a faculty member in a BACB approved course sequence. The supervisor must qualify under one of these options prior to any supervision taking place. See the Experience Standards.

Effective January 1, 2015, all supervisors must complete additional training requirements in order to continue providing supervision.  See Supervision Resources for more information.

Effective 10/01/10 "Old" experience will not be accepted to qualify for examination and only current experience will be accepted.
 
Q:
Are there any limits on:
  1. When in my career I can have accrued my experience
  2. How many different sites I may obtain experience
  3. How many mentors or supervisors I may have
  4. Number of hours per week that I must be engaged in behavior analysis
A:
  1. You may not start accumulating experience until you have begun the coursework required to meet the BACB coursework requirements.
  2. You may obtain your experience in any number of sites.
  3. You may have multiple supervisors. You must have a separate experience verification form for each supervisor and for each experience.
  4. You must meet the requirements in the experience categories in which you obtain experience.
The start-date and end-date of your experience may not be more than five years apart.

See the full experience standards document for complete details.

Effective 10/01/10 experience earned before April 1, 2005 will not be accepted to qualify for examination and only current experience will be accepted.
 
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Are there any requirements on the frequency or nature of the supervision? Is there any specific documentation that must be provided by the supervisor? What if my supervisor refuses to sign the form documenting my experience?
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Experience Standards: Please see a detailed description under the experience categories in which you obtain experience in the Experience Standards.

CONTESTED EXPERIENCE: The Supervisor relationship should be a clear and structured relationship. On occasion, if a candidate is unable to obtain the signature of their Supervisor, then the candidate may supplement their application with proof of the following:

  1. Copies of their contracts with their supervisor, and BACB Fieldwork and Practicum Experience Supervision Forms completed during the experience.
  2. Copies of agreed upon assessments/ treatment plans signed off by the supervisor/mentor (confidential client information should be deleted).
  3. Copies of evaluations and goals/ learning objectives.
  4. Letters or other documentation from third-parties who observed the supervisory relationship.

IMPORTANT: Applicants also must provide the supervisor with copies of the documentation they are submitting to the BACB and must include proof of your provision of this information to the supervisor (such as a certified mail receipt along with a letter from the applicant to the supervisor). The BACB may attempt to contact the supervisor to confirm their receipt of this information and to provide them with an opportunity to address this matter in writing. Supervisors will be asked to provide documentation of dissatisfaction/concerns regarding the experience previously provided to applicants claiming a contested supervision. If the application is denied based on the lack of proof of supervision, applicants will have a right to appeal this denial to a Review Committee.  
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What is meant by "designing, implementing and monitoring behavior analysis programs?" Do all of my activities during the experience have to involve face-to-face contact with the client for the experience to qualify?
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Although you must have direct contact with the client during the experience of designing, implementing, and monitoring, other activities directly related to this behavioral program process may qualify as well. For example, you may be able to count activities normally performed by behavior analysts such as attending planning meetings regarding the behavior analysis program, researching the literature related to the program, talking to individuals about the program, etc. Your supervisor will determine if activities qualify.

Please see the September 2012 issue of our newsletter, along with subsequent issues, for additional information about experience activities. 

If you are not certified but would like to begin receiving our newsletters, please create an online account here to be added to our distribution list.  
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What is meant by "overseeing the implementation of behavior analysis programs by others?" Do all of my activities during the experience have to involve face-to-face contact with the person for whom I am providing oversight for the experience to qualify?
A:
Although you must have direct contact with the persons for whom you are providing oversight during the experience of overseeing the implementation of behavior analysis programs by others, other activities directly related to this behavioral programming process may qualify as well. For example, you may be able to count activities normally performed by behavior analysts such as attending planning meetings regarding the behavior analysis program, researching the literature related to the program, talking to individuals about the program, plus any additional activities related to oversight of behavioral programming such as behavior analyst supervision issues, evaluation of behavior analysts' performance, etc. Your supervisor will determine if activities qualify.  
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How do I find a supervisor?
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The BACB does not retain a list of qualified supervisors, finding an individual is the responsibility of the applicant, however here are a few suggestions:
  1. Read the supervision definitions carefully. Note that the supervisor meetings do not have to be face to face, but rather may be handled electronically. You may know someone who meets the qualifications and would be willing to serve.
  2. Check the Certificant Registry on this site for individuals in your area and contact them. Certificants who are willing to provide supervision are indicated in the registry.
  3. Check the Approved Coursework page on this site for a university near you with a BACB approved course sequence. Although the approved course sequence does not necessarily include an experience component they may be of help.
  4. Check with your state or regional association for behavior analysis.
 
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May I reschedule or defer the date that I want to take the examination?
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You are authorized to take the examination as many times as are available during the two-year period following your initial approval. You may contact Pearson VUE to schedule an appointment once you receive your Authorization to Test (ATT) email from the BACB, which will include instructions on the scheduling process. Pearson VUE will schedule for the upcoming administration only, not for future administrations.

If you need to reschedule an appointment within the examination window, you may do so by calling Pearson VUE. If you need to cancel your appointment, you must do so no later than 24 hours prior to your appointment. If you miss your appointment or cancel less than 24 hours in advance, you will forfeit your appointment fee.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a future administration, you must wait until the current administration window closes. Scheduling for the next administration typically opens eight days following the day that the current window closes.  
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When should I expect a response from the BACB regarding my examination application?
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The BACB staff usually will respond within 2 weeks of RECEIVING your application and documentation (mailing times may vary). Applications received well in advance of the deadline usually will be processed more quickly than those received within a few days of the deadline due to the backlog caused by the large volume of applications that arrive at the last minute. If you have NOT received any response within two weeks of when your application with documentation was sent, please email the BACB immediately to verify that it has been received.  
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Once I have taken the examination, how soon will I know the results, what score information will I receive, and why does it take so long for me to receive my results? Are the written comments I make on the examination used to grade my examination? If I do not pass, may I review my answers or challenge specific items on the examination?
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The BACB establishes the general passing scores for its examinations based on an extensive psychometric profile of the examination. The final passing score is established periodically by a committee that uses a criterion referenced passing score process.

After each administration, the examination forms used for that administration undergo psychometric statistical equating to assure that scores on different forms of the examinations are adjusted for differing levels of difficulty. Therefore, the actual passing score for each examination may vary depending on the form given.

In addition, after each administration an expert panel of certificants is convened to review examination items, and make changes when warranted. The comments you make on your examination are not used to grade your examination. They are used in the expert panel item review process mentioned above. If the review process results in a change to a question or answer accepted, examinations are all re-scored and the change is applied to everyone who took the examination.

After all of the procedures and safeguards outlined above have been completed, results information is emailed to the candidates. All results for a given administration are released at one time, usually within 45 days of when the administration window closes.

If you pass the examination, you will receive notice that you passed. You will not receive any additional score information.

If you do not pass the examination, you will receive notice that you did not pass and will be provided with your percentage of correctly answered items in primary content areas. This may enable you to identify areas of weakness and to properly prepare to retake the examination.

The BACB does not provide an opportunity for individuals to review their answers or have their examination hand-scored, nor does it permit individuals to challenge specific items on the examination.  
Q:
If I fail the examination on my first attempt, may I re-take the examination without going through the entire application process? How many times may I re-take the examination?
A:
Yes, you have two years from your original approval date to take the examination, after which you must reapply. You may re-take the examination as many times as it is offered during that period. However, if you fail an examination you must submit a retake application and pay additional fees to take the examination again.  Retake applications are subject to the same deadlines and late fees as original exam applications. 
 
Q:
Once I have BACB Certification, is there anything I need to do to keep it? Must I re-take the examination periodically?
A:
The BACB requires mandatory recertification every three (3) years. Recertification is intended to ensure that certificants maintain and expand professional competence and keep abreast of new developments in the field. Certificants must obtain a specified number of hours of Continuing Education (depending on their certification type) within a three-year Renewal/Recertification cycle to recertify at the end of the three-year cycle. BCBAs must have 36 hours over a three-year recertification cycle and BCaBAs must have 24 hours. Currently, certificants do not have to re-take the examination periodically to maintain BACB Certification, although they may choose to do so in lieu of accumulating CEUs over the three-year cycle.

All certificants must pay an annual renewal fee and adhere to Conduct and other standards established by the BACB. See the Maintaining Certification page on this site for additional information.

The recertification requirements, including frequency of recertification and number of CEUs required, will be changing.  Implementation of the requirements will go into effect for individual recertification cycles that begin on or after January 1, 2015.  See our February 2013 newsletter for details.