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Maintaining Certification

Below are brief descriptions of the requirements to maintain BACB certifications.  Full text of the related standards can be found below.

BACB certifications follow a three-year recertification cycle, with an application due every year by the anniversary of the date you were first certified.  Renewal keeps your information current in our records and ensures your continued compliance with BACB policies.  Recertification requires you to report that you have met the continuing education requirements.  You don’t need to send us your CE documentation unless you’re audited when you recertify.

APPLICATION DUE

WHEN IT’S DUE

BCBA-D FEE*

BCBA FEE*

BCaBA FEE*

Renewal

One year after you become certified or recertify

$135

$100

$65

Renewal

Two years after you become certified or recertify

$135

$100

$65

Recertification

Three years after you become certified or recertify

$135

$100

$65

*Stated fees apply to applications completed online – an additional $50 charge applies for mailed paper applications.

Reminders: 

It is the responsibility of every certificant to maintain his or her certification and comply with all requirements, regardless of whether he or she receives direct reminders to do so. The BACB does make every reasonable effort to contact certificants before and, when applicable, after their annual expiration dates. However, no deadlines or fees will be waived based upon failure to receive reminders, ignorance of the requirements to maintain certification, or failure to keep track of important dates. 

Amount of Continuing Education Required

CERTIFICATION

AMOUNT OF CE REQUIRED

BCBA and BCBA-D

36 hours every three years

 

(3 in ethics and professional behavior)

BCaBA

24 hours every three years

 

(3 in ethics and professional behavior)

 

Types of Acceptable Continuing Education

CE TYPE

DESCRIPTION

LIMIT

DOCUMENTATION

1

College or university coursework

None – all of your CE can come from this type

Official transcript with passing grade & syllabus showing behavior analysis content

2

CE issued by approved continuing education (ACE) providers

None – all of your CE can come from this type

Certificate or letter from ACE provider

3

Non-approved events

25% of your CE can come from this type

Attestation signed by certificant

4

Instruction of Type 1 or Type 2

25% of your CE can come from this type

Letter from department chair or ACE provider

5

CE issued by the BACB directly

25% of your CE can come from this type

BACB posts directly to your online account

6

Take and pass the certification exam again

Passing the exam equals 100% of the required CE

BACB posts directly to your online account

 

Changes to These Standards: 

See the February 2013 issue of our newsletter for upcoming changes to the standards for maintaining certification, which will take effect for each certificant for the first recertification cycle that begins after December 31, 2014.

 

Renewal, Recertification, Inactive Standards

 

SECTION I: Annual Renewal & Recertification Cycle

BACB certificants, applicants for renewal and applicants for certification must maintain compliance with all rules of the BACB, as may be revised from time to time.

BACB certifications must be maintained annually. The recertification cycle is three years long, with annual renewals due in year 1 and year 2. Recertification (with continuing education) is due in the third year.

We highly recommend completing your online application by the 15th of the month in which it is due. This will allow sufficient time to address any processing problems well in advance of your certification expiration date. Your expiration date can be found in your BACB Gateway account. All online renewals and recertifications must be completed on or before the certification expiration date in order to avoid lapses in certification and late fees.

Please be aware that the BACB Gateway system operates on the Mountain time zone in the United States and assesses late fees accordingly, regardless of your location. The BACB will not waive late fees resulting from last-minute applications, internet connectivity problems, problems that are not reported to the BACB in a timely manner, etc.

Mailed renewal and recertification applications must be postmarked by the 15th of the month in which they are due.

For BCBA certificants, verification of completion of 36 hours of acceptable continuing education is required at recertification. For BCaBA certificants, verification of completion of 24 hours of acceptable continuing education is required at recertification. All certificants must obtain at least 3 hours of their continuing education in the area of ethics and professional behavior.

  1. Annual Renewal
    Renewal of Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) status requires the following:
    1. During the 1st and 2nd years of the certification cycle the certificant must pay the annual renewal fee and submit an annual renewal form. The annual renewal form shall include questions to ensure that certificant information is up to date and may include questions relating to on-going compliance with the BACB’s rules.
    2. The annual renewal form and fee must be submitted to the BACB by the stated deadlines in the first and second year of the certificant’s three-year certification period.
    3. BCaBA certificants must also report the name of their BCBA supervisor(s) and provide documentation of that supervision.

    Certificants who fail to comply with the annual renewal requirements will lose their certification.

  2. Recertification

    For BCBA and BCaBA certificants, recertification in the 3rd year of the certification cycle requires the following:

    1. For BCaBA certificants, proof of completion of 24 hours of acceptable continuing education as described in Section II. BCaBA certificants must also report the name of their BCBA supervisor(s) and provide documentation of that supervision.
    2. For BCBA certificants, proof of completion of 36 hours of acceptable continuing education as described in Section II.
    3. All recertification applications must be submitted to the BACB by the stated deadlines prior to the expiration of certification (i.e., prior to the end of the 3rd year of certification).

Documentation of continuing education should not be submitted with a recertification application. A 10% sample of applicants for recertification will be selected at random to complete a recertification audit. Certificants selected to complete an audit will be sent a request to submit documentation of their continuing education and will have 30 days to do so. If documentation is not received or the documentation submitted does not meet the BACB's requirements, the person's certification will be lost unless the matter is otherwise resolved through the BACB's standard disciplinary procedures.

The minimum continuing education hours identified in 1 and 2 of this section must be earned during the three-year certification cycle. One hour of continuing education must include at least 50 minutes of instruction during the hour in order to count as an acceptable hour.

These renewal and recertification rules may be revised by the BACB from time-to-time.


SECTION II: Acceptable Continuing Education

“Acceptable Continuing Education” means instruction provided under the following:

Type 1
Completion of graduate level college or university courses, for BCBAs, or undergraduate or graduate, college or university courses, for BCaBAs. Course content must be entirely behavior analytic. Courses must be from any of the following:

  1. A United States or Canadian institution of higher education fully or provisionally accredited by a regional, state, provincial or national accrediting body; or
  2. An institution of higher education located outside the United States or Canada, that at the time the applicant was enrolled and at the time the applicant completed the course maintained a standard of training equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions accredited in the United States.

One academic semester credit is equivalent to 15 hours of continuing education and one academic quarter credit is equivalent to 10 hours of continuing education. Any portion or all of the required number of hours of continuing education may be applied from this category during any three-year certification period.

Required documentation for Type 1 CE is a course syllabus and official transcript.

Type 2

Completion of events sponsored by providers approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Any portion or all of the total required number of hours of continuing education may be applied from this category during any three-year certification period.

Required documentation for Type 2 CE is a certificate or letter from the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) provider.

Type 3

Completion or instruction of a seminar, colloquium, presentation, conference event, workshop or symposium not approved by the BACB, only if related directly to the practice of behavior analysis. Supervision activities, such as those related to the requirements to become certified, BCaBA requirements, or other non-required supervision activities, may also be included. A maximum of 25 percent of the total required number of hours of continuing education may be applied from this category during any three-year certification period.

Required documentation for Type 3 CE is an attestation signed and dated by the certificant.

Type 4

Instruction by the applicant of a category 1 or 2 continuing education event, on a one-time basis for each event, provided that the applicant was present for the complete event. A maximum of 25 percent of the total required number of hours of continuing education may come from this category during any three-year certification period.

Required documentation for Type 4 CE is a letter from the department chair on letterhead from the university at which a course was taught or a letter from the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) provider's coordinator.

Type 5

Credentialing events or activities initiated and pre-approved for CEU by the BACB. A maximum of 25 percent of the total required number of hours of continuing education may come from this category during any three-year certification period.

Required documentation for Type 5 CE is provided by the BACB directly in the form of an entry into the certificant's online account and/or a verification letter.

Type 6

Passing, during the third year of the applicant’s certification period, the BACB certification examination appropriate to the type of certification being renewed. BCBAs may only take the BCBA examination; BCaBAs may only take the BCaBA examination for continuing education credit. Passing the appropriate examination shall satisfy the continuing education requirement for the current recertification period. (Certificants do not have to re-qualify under current standards, they should apply for examination under the "retake" option and payt hat fee.)

Please be advised that if you take the exam for continuing education and do not pass, you will no longer be certified by the BACB. In order to regain your certification, you must apply for reentry and pass the examination for the required reentry CE. This is the only acceptable form of CE for those who have failed the examination.

Required documentation for Type 6 CE is provided by the BACB directly in the form of an entry into the certificant's online account and/or a verification letter.

SECTION III: Inactive Policy

  1. Inactive Status (voluntary)
    Certificants who are current with their continuing education requirements (prorated to the year) may elect voluntary-inactive status at any time. Voluntarily inactive certificants will pay a one-time, inactive request fee of $50 and complete annual renewal applications during the inactive period. Voluntarily inactive certificants will not be charged an annual renewal fee during the inactive period. Voluntary-inactive status will also remove the requirement for supervision for BCaBAs during the period of inactivity. A certificant may only stay on voluntary-inactive status until at least one full recertification cycle (2 years) has been completed. Reactivation requires submission of a reactivation application and fee (equivalent to the certificant's annual renewal fee); the reactivation fee is not required for voluntary-inactive periods of less than 1 year. For voluntary-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, the certification cycle will be reset to the date of reactivation. During any period of voluntary-inactive status, failure to complete the annual renewal (with a 90-day grace period) will result in the status being changed to "expired - reinstatement period" (see below).

  2. Expired - Reinstatement Period
    Involuntarily-inactive certificants are individuals who have failed to renew (including active and voluntary-inactive certificant) or recertify. Anyone in this category will have 90 days in which to reactivate their certification following the procedures described here. After the 90-day grace period, certificants will lose their certification and must reapply under the then-existing standards.

  3. Restrictions
    Individuals who have inactive status will not be listed in the Certificant Registry and will not be verified as having BACB certification by our staff. 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.

    Forms related to inactive status can be found in the Downloads section of this website. 

  4. Active Duty Policy
    Any certificant called to active military duty in the United States armed forces may apply for a temporary reservation of their certification status to cover the period during which they are called to active military duty (not to exceed two (2) years). Applicants 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 certificant shall notify the BACB and provide a copy of their official call up notice. The BACB will place the certificant on reserve status during the active duty period. Following completion of their active duty, or two (2) years, whichever is earlier, the certificant must contact the Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer has the discretion to lengthen the individual's certification period in order to bring the certificant into a regularly scheduled renewal and recertification cycle.