MAINTAINING BCBA CERTIFICATION

Overview

In order to maintain their credentials, BCBAs and BCBA-Ds must:

The BACB is currently in the process of transitioning from three-year recertification/renewal cycles to two-year recertification cycles. This change was made to streamline credential maintenance and will go into effect at each certificant’s first certification cycle that begins on or after January 1, 2015. See our February 2013 newsletter for background and details about this transition.

We highly recommend completing maintenance requirements, including online applications, no later than the 15th of the month in which they are due. This allows sufficient time to address any processing problems well in advance of the certification expiration date. All online applications must be completed on or before the certification expiration date in order to avoid lapses in certification and late fees. After the certification expiration date, certificants have 90 days to reinstate their certification following the procedures described here.

Renewal/Recertification: 3-Year Cycle (certified before 2015)

BCBAs and BCBA-Ds who are currently within a three-year recertification cycle will maintain requirements (i.e., 36 CEU, at least 3 hours in ethics and professional behavior) until their next recertification date, at which time they will switch to a two-year recertification cycle. BCBAs on the three-year recertification cycles must complete: (a) annual renewals each year by the expiration date listed in their BACB Gateway account and on the BACB Certificant Registry and (b) a recertification application at the end of the three-year cycle, including verification that they obtained 36 units of acceptable continuing education during the cycle.

Continuing Education Requirements

At the end of each recertification cycle, certificants must have entered 36 hours of acceptable continuing education into their Gateway accounts, with at least 3 hours in the area of ethics and professional behavior.

Fee Structure

BCBA BCBA-D
Renewal/Recertification – annual fee $100 $135
Late Fee $50 $50
Exam for Continuing Education $130 $130
Insufficient Funds/Returned Check $45 $45
Certificate Replacement $25 $25

 

Recertification: 2-Year Cycle

BCBAs and BCBA-Ds who are now on a 2-year cycle will only be required to complete recertification and payment every 2 years. No renewals are required in non-recertification years. Recertification requires verification that the BCBA has completed 32 units of acceptable continuing education, of which at least 4 hours must cover ethics content.

Continuing Education Requirements

At the end of each recertification cycle, certificants must have entered 32 hours of acceptable continuing education into their Gateway accounts, with at least 4 hours in the area of ethics. Those who wish to supervise individuals pursuing BACB certification or the ongoing practice of BCaBAs will also need to obtain 3 hours of supervision continuing education per recertification cycle as part of the 32-hour requirement.

Fee Structure

BCBA BCBA-D
Recertification – every 2 years $200 $270
Late Fee $50 $50
Exam for Continuing Education $130 $130
Insufficient Funds/Returned Check $45 $45
Certificate Replacement $25 $25

 

Inactive Policy

1. Description

Inactive status is for certificants who need a break from maintaining their credential for a period of time. During the period of inactivity there are no certificant maintenance requirements (i.e., continuing education, supervision, recertification fees). A certificant may only stay inactive for a maximum of 4 years at a time. Certificants may not again apply for inactive status until at least one full recertification cycle has been completed.

2. Application Requirements

Certificants who are current with their continuing education and supervision (BCaBA) requirements (prorated to the month of request) may elect inactive status at any time. Inactive certificants will complete an application and pay a one-time, inactive request fee of $50.

3. Reactivation Requirements

Requires submission of a reactivation application and fee (equivalent to the certificant’s recertification fee); the reactivation fee is not required for inactive periods of less than 1 year. For inactive periods of more than 2 years, the certificant must provide proof of 8 CEUs in the 12-month period prior to reactivation. When the individual becomes active again, their certification cycle will resume (e.g., a certificant having 8 months until the end of their cycle at date of beginning inactive status, upon reactivation their cycle will end 8 months from the date of reactivation). Those inactive for a period of 4 years are required to request reactivation or their certification will expire.

4. Restrictions

Individuals who have inactive status will be listed as inactive in the Certificant Registry and will not be verified as having active BACB certification. These individuals may refer to their credential as “BCBA-D (Inactive),” “BCBA (Inactive),” or “BCaBA (Inactive).” An inactive certificant is strictly prohibited from practicing or billing as a BCBA, BCBA-D or BCaBA.

BCBA Application for Inactive Status
Request for Return from Inactive Status

Active Duty/Reserves Status Policy

Any individual called to active military duty in the United States armed forces may apply for a temporary reservation of their certification status or eligibility to cover the period during which they are called to active military duty (not to exceed two [2] years). Certificants called to active duty who wish to request reserve status will be prohibited from representing that they are BACB certified (or supervising experience designed to comply with BACB standards) until reinstatement of their certification.

Upon being called to active duty, the individual shall notify the BACB and provide a copy of their official call up notice. The BACB will place the individual on reserve status during the active duty period. Following completion of their active duty, or two (2) years, whichever is earlier, the individual must contact the BACB to update their certification status. When the individual becomes active again, the certification cycle or eligibility window will resume.

 

Reporting Requirements