Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)


Credential: Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The BACB Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is an intermediate-level certification for individuals who conduct professional behavior analysis. BCBAs are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. In addition, BCBAs supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1500 hours
  • Education: Masters
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

7950 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO  80127

Phone: 720-438-4321

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Option 1:

Candidates for the BCBA are required to have a graduate degree from an accredited university, completion of acceptable graduate coursework in behavior analysis, education, or psychology and a defined period of supervised practical experience to apply for the BCBA exam.

Option 2:

Candidates for the BCBA are required to have a 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:

Candidates for the BCBA are required to have a 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.

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential has the following other requirements:

Written Exam

  • Basic Behavior-Analytic Skills
    • Measurement
    • Experimental Design
    • Behavior-Change Considerations
    • Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change
    • Specific Behavior-Change Procedures
    • Behavior-Change Systems
  • Client-Centered Responsibilities
    • Identification of the Problem
    • Measurement
    • Assessment
    • Intervention
    • Implementation, Management, and Supervision
  • Foundational Knowledge Accompanying the BACB Fourth Edition Task List
    • Explain and Behave in Accordance with the Philosophical Assumptions of Behavior Analysis
    • Define and Provide Examples of:

      Behavior, Response, Response Class
      Environment, Stimulus, Stimulus Class
      Stimulus Equivalence
      Reflexive Relations (US-UR)
      Respondent Conditioning (CS-CR)
      Operant Conditioning
      Respondent-Operant Interactions
      Unconditioned Reinforcement
      Conditioned Reinforcement
      Unconditioned Punishment
      Conditioned Punishment
      Schedules Of Reinforcement And Punishment
      Extinction
      Automatic Reinforcement And Punishment
      Stimulus Control
      Multiple Functions Of A Single Stimulus
      Unconditioned Motivating Operations
      Conditioned Motivating Operations
      Transitive, Reflexive, Surrogate Motivating Operations
      Distinguish Between The Discriminative Stimulus And The Motivating Operation
      Distinguish Between Motivating Operation And Reinforcement Effects
      Behavioral Contingencies
      Contiguity
      Functional Relations
      Conditional Discriminations
      Stimulus Discrimination
      Response Generalization
      Stimulus Generalization
      Behavioral Contrast
      Behavioral Momentum
      Matching Law
      Contingency-Shaped Behavior
      Rule-Governed Behavior

    • Distinguish between the Verbal Operants
    • Measurement Concepts

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • BCBAs are required to recertify every three (3) years by acquiring continuing education units and complying with the BACB’s ethics requirements. BACB provides more information about Maintaining BCBA Certification.

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