BACB fees are non-refundable. Late/expedited application fees are available to allow candidates to apply for and receive a review of their application after the on-time deadline for an administration has passed. Applications/documents received after a late application deadline without the late fee will be held and then reviewed for the subsequent examination window. The BACB cannot guarantee that your application will be approved by a specific date.
Availability of testing opportunities may be limited for those who submit late applications.
|Scheduling Opens||October 15||March 15||June 15||September 15|
|Last Day for On-Time Applications & Documents*
(must be received by BACB office by 4PM Mountain Time)
|January 31||April 30||July 31||October 31|
|Applications received after the above date will require a late fee in order to be processed for the current exam window; otherwise they will be processed for the next exam window.
(Individuals choose their exact date/time based upon availability at their chosen testing center.)
|February 1-28 (29)
||May 1-31||August 1-31||November 1-30|
|Grades Released On or Before||April 15||July 15||October 15||January 15|
*Application deadlines and late fees are assessed based upon the date the application is COMPLETE (documents and payment received in our office). The BACB will continue to process documentation, such as transcripts or experience verification forms after these deadlines however if you have not included the late fee the approval will be for the following exam window.
New Application Packet Requirement
|Coursework/Experience (Option 1)
|College Teaching/Experience (Option 2)
|Doctorate/BCBA Review (Option 3)
|Re-Take (for 2 years after approval)||$130||$115|
|Examination for Continuing Education
|Late Fee (in addition to fee above)||$125||$125|
|Coursework Evaluation only||$100||$100|
Examination administrations are conducted in a computer-based testing format though the Pearson VUE international network of testing centers. Once approved by the BACB, candidates must contact Pearson VUE, either through the Pearson VUE website or toll-free number, and schedule a testing appointment during the next testing window. A list of BACB test sites is available on the Pearson VUE website. Testing times and locations will be available on "first come, first served" basis. A computer-based testing tutorial is available on the Pearson VUE website to acquaint individuals with the CBT format.
Exam Appointment Fee
There is a $100 examination administration fee that must be paid directly to Pearson VUE. You may use a credit card to pay this fee when you make your appointment. You may reschedule or cancel your testing appointment by contacting Pearson VUE up to 1 day prior to your testing appointment. In the event that you fail to appear for a scheduled appointment, examination administration fees are non-refundable.
Examination Administration Format
Examinations are administered in a computer-based testing format delivered through the Pearson VUE network of high-security, standardized testing centers. Pearson VUE is one of the largest and best-respected high-stakes certification and licensure testing organizations in the world. Pearson VUE specializes in professional and technology credentialing and has an impressive list of clients including Microsoft, Adobe, Agilent Technologies, IBM, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Surgery, Institute of Business and Finance, and many others. Pearson VUE has over 200 testing sites in the US and over 150 sites outside the US. The BACB has increased the opportunity for examination by typically providing four administrations per year rather than the prior three. Four test windows are scheduled based on university graduation date data to minimize the time between graduation and certification. Together, these measures greatly increased test access and candidate convenience while significantly reducing travel, lodging and costs often associated with taking certification examinations.
The December 2005 administration introduced new examination instruments based on the Third Edition Task List. This development is the result of a multi-year Job Analysis survey examination-renewal process to update the examination content and test item bank.
The Job Analysis process is updated periodically. The most recent update resulted in the Fourth Edition Task List. The February 2015 administration will introduce new examinations based on the Fourth Edition Task List.
See Application FAQ for frequently asked questions on applying.
See Exam Information for information on the test instrument & procedures.
See Exam Results Summary for a summary of past administrations.
See Exam Content Task List for the content covered in the examinations.
Announcement regarding formerly available non-PPC sites:
The BACB now requires that all authorized candidates register at one of the 400+ Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) worldwide. We do not currently have plans in place to resume administrations at the previously authorized non-PPC testing centers. Please do not contact testing centers directly. Visit this site and click on "Locate a test center" for information about available locations and how to schedule.
To apply for a distance credit, please contact the BACB within 90 days of when you tested if you would have otherwise scheduled at one of the non-PPC testing centers, including but not limited to the 31 sites listed below:
We do not currently have plans in place to resume administrations at previously allowed non-PPC authorized testing centers. If you would have otherwise scheduled at one of these locations, please click here for more information.