Accreditation of RBT Credential

We are pleased to announce that the BACB has received accreditation of its Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

NCCA is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and its accreditation helps demonstrate that a credential has met the rigorous standards established by the credentialing industry. The BACB’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credentials have been NCCA accredited since 2007.

The RBT is the first behavior technician credential to become accredited based upon NCCA’s current heightened standards, which were enacted in 2016. This development means that the BACB is now the only organization in behavior analysis to offer professional credentials at every educational level (graduate, undergraduate, high school), all of which are accredited by NCCA.

In almost 20 years of operation, the BACB has credentialed over 53,000 individuals worldwide: approximately 28,000 RBTs and 25,000 BCBAs and BCaBAs.

A copy of a press release announcing the recent NCCA accredited status of the BACBs RBT credential can be found here.

BCaBA Supervision Documents

Two documents are now available for BCaBAs and their supervisors who will be required to meet new supervision standards as of January 1, 2017. The 161216-standards-for-supervision-of-BCaBAsStandards for Supervision of BCaBAs describes the new requirements. The BCaBA Supervision Contract Specifications document describes important elements of the required supervision contracts.

All BCaBAs and their supervisors must review these documents carefully to ensure compliance with the new standards by January 1, 2017.

Call for Nominations for BACB Board of Directors

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is holding nominations for openings on the Board of Directors. Board members will serve one 3-year term with an option to be re-elected for a second 3-year term. Only nominations submitted by BACB certificants will be considered. Self-nomination is encouraged.

Although all certificants are eligible for nomination, in order to maintain a representative board, the BACB particularly encourages the nomination of individuals who meet some or all of the following characteristics:

  • have strong applied backgrounds;
  • are members of underrepresented groups;
  • have an international perspective on issues relevant to behavior analysis;
  • are from geographic areas that are not currently represented given the current makeup of the Board of Directors;
  • have experience in practice areas that are not currently represented given the current makeup of the Board of Directors;
  • are from areas with a relatively large population of BACB certificants;
  • are familiar with the history of the BACB and have a long-term relationship with the Board

Three positions are currently open for nomination:

  • Seats A & B
    It is preferred that these seats be filled by doctoral-level behavior analysts certified at the BCBA/BCBA-D level who have university-based teaching and research experience in applied behavior analysis.
  • Seat C
    It is preferred that this seat be filled by a doctoral-level behavior analyst certified at the BCBA/BCBA-D level who has university-based teaching and research experience in applied behavior analysis and whose specialty area is outside of autism and developmental disabilities.

Only one submission per nominee is required. Multiple nominations will not affect the likelihood that a candidate will be chosen to run for a seat on the Board of Directors. Submitting this nomination does not guarantee that your nominee will be selected to run on a particular slate.

Before nominating an individual you must confirm that he or she is willing to:

  1. Serve the minimum 3-year term (May 2017 to August 2020);
  2. Attend the annual meeting of the Board of Directors (typically in early August); and
  3. Attend additional meetings of the Board of Directors that are held often via teleconference as needed throughout the year. Directors are expected and encouraged to participate in additional ways, such as chairing and serving on committees.

Nominations are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination.

Reminder: BCaBA Supervision Changes

This is to remind you of important upcoming changes to the supervision standards for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs).

Effective January 1, 2017, all BCaBAs must meet increased supervision requirements including changes to:

• supervisor responsibilities and qualifications
• supervision amount and structure
• group supervision
• documentation of supervision.

Please see our December 2014 newsletter for more details.

Board of Directors Elections

We are pleased to announce the results of our spring Board of Directors election. Dr. Bridget Taylor was elected to serve a second three-year term and Dr. Angelika Anderson (international representative) and Mr. Eli Newcomb (masters-level representative) were each elected to serve three-year terms as new directors beginning in August. We extend our congratulations to the newly elected directors and offer our thanks to all of the candidates for running. We also wish to thank all of the certificants who nominated candidates and voted in this important election.