The BACB offers a doctoral designation for Board Certified Behavior Analysts with doctoral training in behavior analysis — Board Certified Behavior Analyst-DoctoralTM (BCBA-DTM). It is not a separate credential and it does not grant any special privileges above or beyond the BCBA credential. Professionals who are credentialed at the BCBA-D level function in the same capacity as a BCBA (i.e., they are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services). BCBA-Ds supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who provide behavior-analytic interventions.
BCBA-Ds must abide by the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
BCBA-Ds who wish to provide supervision must complete additional training and continuing education requirements.
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.
The doctoral designation requires an active BCBA certification in good standing and a qualifying doctoral-level degree. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and apply for the credential to be designated as a BCBA-D.
BCBA-Ds follow the same maintenance requirements as BCBAs; they must renew and/or recertify, acquire continuing education, and comply with the BACB’s ethics requirements. BCBA-Ds who wish to provide supervision must complete additional training and continuing education requirements.