The BACB will review certain appeals of application denials and examination irregularities. An independent team of individuals not part of the initial determination reviews all appeals to the BACB. Appeals committees include three current or former members of the BACB Board of Directors. Appeals decisions are final and may not be further appealed.
Any adverse eligibility, certification, or recertification decision including, but not limited to, a denial of a certification application, renewal application, recertification application, or other application submitted to the BACB may be appealed. Supervision deviations that result in credential termination may only be appealed if the basis of the appeal is to correct miscalculated hours. These policies and procedures shall apply to appeals by trainees, credential-holders, authorized continuing education providers, and course sequence providers.
BACB standards, deadlines, procedures, and fees may not be appealed. Do not submit an appeal in order to request information about a denied application; you will receive detailed information (i.e., reasons for the denial, steps that need to be taken to correct any deficiencies) at the time of the denial.
How to appeal: You must file a written request for appeal within thirty (30) days of the date of the decision being appealed. To file an appeal, complete the Administrative Appeal Request Form below.
If you experience examination condition irregularities (e.g., lighting, disruptive noises, long load times) during your examination, you may file an appeal with the BACB. Please note, PearsonVUE sites deliver BACB examinations via a web browser, so some minor internet bandwidth variances are to be expected. Examination scores, content, questions, answers, procedures, deadlines, fees, and requirements may not be appealed.
How to appeal: You must file a written request for appeal within seven (7) days of your examination appointment. To file an appeal, complete the Administrative Appeal Request Form below.
Administrative Appeal Request Form