BACB fees are non-refundable. Late/expedited application fees are available to allow candidates to apply for and receive a review of their application after the on-time deadline for an administration has passed. Applications/documents received after a late application deadline without the late fee will be held and then reviewed for the subsequent examination window. The BACB cannot guarantee that your application will be approved by a specific date.
Availability of testing opportunities may be limited for those who submit late applications.
|Scheduling Opens||October 15||February 15||June 15|
|Last Day for On-Time Applications/Documents*
(must be received by BACB office by 4:00pm EST)
Suggested Last Day for Late Applications (must include late fee)*
After this date, documents will be processed but appointment availibility may be even more limited.
|January 7||May 7
|Examination Dates||January 1 -
|May 1 -
|September 1 -
|Grades Released||March 15||July 15||November 15|
|Online Certificant Registry Updated||3rd Friday of
|3rd Friday of
|3rd Friday of
|Scheduling Opens||October 15||March 15||June 15||September 15|
|Last Day for On-Time Applications & Documents*
(must be received by BACB office by 4PM Mountain Time)
|January 15||April 15||July 15||October 15|
|Suggested Last Day for Late Applications & Documents*
(must include late fee)
After this date, documents will be processed but appointment availability may be even more limited.
|February 7||May 7||August 7||November 7|
(Individuals choose their exact date/time based upon availability at their chosen testing center.)
|February 1-28||May 1-31||August 1-31||November 1-31|
|Grades Released On or Before||April 15||July 15||October 15||January 15|
|College Teaching/Experience Option||$230||N/A|
|Doctorate/BCBA Review Option||$230||N/A|
|Re-Take (for 2 years after approval)||$130||$115|
|Certificant Reexamination (for CE)||$130||$115|
|Late Fee (in addition to fee above)||$125||$125|
|Coursework Evaluation only||$100||$100|
Examination administrations are conducted in a computer-based testing format though the Pearson VUE international network of testing centers. Once approved by the BACB, candidates must contact Person VUE immediately, either through the Pearson VUE website or toll-free number, and schedule a testing appointment during the next testing window. A list of BACB test sites is available on the Pearson VUE website. Testing times and locations will be available on "first come, first served" basis. A computer-based testing tutorial is available on the Pearson VUE website to acquaint individuals with the CBT format.
Exam Appointment Fee
There is a $100 examination administration fee that must be paid directly to Pearson VUE. You may use a credit card to pay this fee when you make your appointment. You may reschedule or cancel your testing appointment by contacting Pearson VUE up to 1 day prior to your testing appointment. In the event that you fail to appear for a scheduled appointment, examination administration fees are non-refundable.
Examination Administration Format
Examinations are administered in a computer-based testing format delivered through the Pearson VUE network of high-security, standardized testing centers. Person VUE is one of the largest and best-respected high-stakes certification and licensure testing organizations in the world. Pearson Vue specializes in professional and technology credentialing and has an impressive list of clients including Microsoft, Adobe, Agilent Technologies, IBM, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Surgery, Institute of Business and Finance, and many others. Pearson VUE has over 200 testing sites in the US and over 150 sites outside the US. The BACB has increased the opportunity for examination by typically providing three administrations per year rather than the prior two. Three test windows are scheduled based on university graduation date data to minimize the time between graduation and certification. Together, these measures greatly increased test access and candidate convenience while significantly reducing travel, lodging and costs often associated examination.
The December 2005 administration introduced new examination instruments based on the Third Edition Task List. This development is the result of a multi-year Job Analysis survey examination-renewal process to update the examination content and test item bank.
See Application FAQ for frequently asked questions on applying.
See Exam Information for information on the test instrument & procedures.
See Exam Results Summary for a summary of past administrations.
See Exam Content Task List for the content covered in the examinations.