About the Credential
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level 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.
Ethics and Discipline
BCBAs must abide by the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
BCBAs who wish to provide supervision must complete additional training and continuing education requirements.
Note: 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.
Obtaining BCBA Certification
Applicants for BCBA certification must meet one of three sets of eligibility requirements.
Maintaining BCBA Certification
BCBAs are required to recertify, acquire continuing education, and comply with the BACB’s ethics requirements.
Doctoral Designation (BCBA-D)
BCBAs who are current in their certification may acquire an addition designation if they have a doctoral level degree that meets qualifications.