BCBA certification requires a graduate degree, advanced training in behavior analysis, and a passing score on the BCBA exam.
Applicants for BCBA certification must meet one of the following three options:
Option 1 requires an acceptable graduate degree from an accredited university, completion of acceptable graduate coursework in behavior analysis, and a defined period of supervised practical experience to apply for the BCBA exam.
Option 2 requires an acceptable graduate degree, a full-time faculty position in behavior analysis that includes research and teaching, and supervised practical experience to apply for the BCBA exam.
Option 3 requires an acceptable doctoral degree that was conferred at least 10 years ago and at least 10 years’ post-doctoral practical experience to apply for the BCBA exam.
Applicants must take and pass BCBA exam, regardless of the eligibility option used to qualify. Authorization to take the exam is only provided to applicants who have submitted a complete exam application to the BACB, including all documentation necessary to demonstrate that they have met all of the criteria for one of the eligibility options above.