May 2015 Newsletter

In this issue: 

Ethics Code Update: The Definition of “Client”
Ethics Code Update: On Gifts
2015 Hemingway Award Winner
RBT Credential Updates
New Exam Passing Scores
Supervision Training Update
Modified Requirements for Course-Sequence Coordinators
Communication Update
BACB Events at the ABAI Convention
A Summary of Recent and Upcoming Changes to BACB Standards


Originally posted on in May 2015

Board of Directors Elections

We are pleased to announce the results of our spring Board of Directors election. Dr. Eric Larsson was elected to serve a second three-year term and Dr. Javier Virués-Ortega and Mr. Mark Lister were each elected to serve three-year terms as new directors 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 the more than 2,500 who voted in this important election.


Originally posted on in March 2015

Reminder: Supervision and Experience Training Requirement

Supervisees may not start accumulating Supervised Independent Fieldwork, Practicum or Intensive Practicum hours until they have completed and passed the online training module over these standards. The module can be completed in under 90 minutes and is available free of charge via the Training tab in your BACB Gateway account.

Supervisors may not provide supervision until they have completed this module and the supervisory skills eight hour training from one of our approved continuing education providers.

Supervisors should be sure to remind their supervisees of this requirement.


This reminder was originally posted on in February 2015. This requirement was first announced in the September 2012 issue of the BACB Newsletter.

Revised ASD Practice Guidelines Released

The BACB is pleased to announce the publication of the updated version of its autism spectrum disorder practice guidelines, now titled Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Funders and Managers (2nd ed.). The guidelines are available here.


Originally posted on in December 2014

November 2014 Newsletter

In this issue: 

Annual Certification Renewals are Being Eliminated
Changes to BCBA Alternative Eligibility Standards
Introducing the Fourth Edition Task List Examinations
Notes from the Legal Department
On the Distinction between Direct Implementation and Other Experience Activities
News & Notes
A Summary of Upcoming Changes to BACB Standards


Originally posted on in November 2014

New Ethics Code Introduced

The BACB will soon replace the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts and Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards with a new, single code of ethics: the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Read the September 2014 issue of the BACB Newsletter for a description of the new code and revisions that will be made to the BACB’s disciplinary system. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2016.


Originally posted on in September 2014