This option to qualify for BCBA certification requires an acceptable degree, an acceptable faculty appointment, acceptable practical experience, and passing the BCBA exam.
Applicants must possess a minimum of a graduate degree (e.g., master’s or doctoral) 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.
The applicant must complete at least 3 years (cumulative) of full-time work as a faculty member at a qualifying institution within a 5-year period.
The faculty appointment must have included acceptable teaching, which is defined as:
Required documentation for this teaching is a letter from the applicant’s department head and course syllabi.
The applicant must have published one article with the following characteristics
Required documentation for this research is a copy of the article.
The applicant must complete experience that fully complies with all of the current Experience Standards. Applicants must carefully review the experience standards with their supervisor(s) before beginning their experience. Please note that these standards stipulate training requirements for supervisees and supervisors which must be completed before experience begins.
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Applicant 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 all of the criteria above.