The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) is an undergraduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCaBA level may not practice independently, but must be supervised by someone certified at the BCBA/BCBA-D level. In addition, BCaBAs can supervise the work of Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.
BCaBAs must have coursework in ethics and professional conduct as part of the eligibility requirements for the credential. In addition, each BCaBA must abide by the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
The BCaBA will have at least one BCBA or BCBA-D supervisor in accordance with the Standards for Supervision of BCaBAs.
BCaBAs who wish to provide supervision to RBTs must complete additional training and continuing education requirements.
Requirements for Supervisors
Individuals who hold the BCBA credential should be considered as having met and exceeded standards for the BCaBA and RBT credentials. Individuals who hold the BCaBA credential should be considered as having met and exceeded standards for the RBT credential. However, individuals holding a BACB credential should represent themselves using only the credential(s) awarded to them by the BACB.
BCaBA certification requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, completion of verified coursework, and a defined period of supervised practical experience to apply for the BCaBA exam. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, apply for the credential, and pass the BCaBA exam to become certified at the BCaBA level.
BCaBAs are required to recertify, acquire continuing education, receive verified ongoing supervision, and comply with the BACB’s ethics requirements. BCaBAs who wish to provide supervision must complete additional training and continuing education requirements.
BCaBAs who are in good standing may apply for the BCBA exam when they have acquired the necessary graduate-level degree, coursework, and supervised experience.