BOARD CERTIFIED ASSISTANT BEHAVIOR ANALYST


NCAA Accredited Program Logo The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) is an undergraduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals certified at the BCaBA level provide behavior analysis services under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®).

Professionals certified at the BCaBA level may not provide behavior analysis services without the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA®). BCaBAs may supervise the work of Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs®).

You may find information about BCaBA certification below:
Apply for Certification | Maintain Certification | Administrative Appeals | Find a Certificant | Documents

BCaBA Eligibility Requirements

You have a choice of 1 option or 2 pathways depending on when you apply for BCaBA certification. Each option or pathway requires: a degree, behavior-analytic content, experience or supervised fieldwork, and passing the BCaBA certification examination.


To apply for BCaBA certification under this option, you must have an acceptable bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, have completed acceptable undergraduate coursework in behavior analysis, and have a defined period of supervised practical experience.

Degree

You must have a bachelor’s degree from a qualifying institutionInstitutions within the U.S. that are listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation database OR institutions outside of the U.S. whose degrees meet certain standards (please see our degree preliminary evaluation page for information about requesting an evaluation of your degree’s equivalency and/or field of study).. Degrees from programs in which you completed a Verified Course Sequence also qualify.

Not sure your degree qualifies? If you are uncertain whether your degree qualifies, you can request a preliminary degree evaluation online prior to submitting a BCaBA Certification Application.

Behavior-Analytic Coursework

You must have completed behavior-analytic coursework that meets all of the following:

  • was taken at a qualifying institutionInstitutions within the U.S. that are listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation database OR institutions outside of the U.S. whose degrees meet certain standards (please see our degree preliminary evaluation page for information about requesting an evaluation of your degree’s equivalency and/or field of study).
  • was undergraduate level and from the qualifying institutionInstitutions within the U.S. that are listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation database OR institutions outside of the U.S. whose degrees meet certain standards (please see our degree preliminary evaluation page for information about requesting an evaluation of your degree’s equivalency and/or field of study). at which you were enrolled
  • was taken for academic credit
  • reflects that you received a passing grade (“C” or better for graded courses) in each course
  • covers the required content outlined in the BACB’s Task List (4th edition) and Coursework Requirements
Not sure your coursework qualifies? If you are uncertain whether your coursework qualifies, you can request a preliminary coursework evaluation online prior to submitting a BCaBA Certification Application.

Note: The BACB will only make determinations about the acceptability of nonverified coursework via (a) a formal certification application or (b) a preliminary coursework evaluation.

Verified Coursework

ABAI works with institutions to identify and verify sequences of courses— known as a Verified Course Sequence (VCS)—that meet the BACB’s coursework requirements. The ABAI VCS Directory includes all VCSs, VCS coordinators, content hours, and dates for which the courses were verified.

Curious about VCS pass rates? The BACB publishes examination pass rates for VCSs annually as a resource for prospective students.
Nonverified Coursework
Course Content Attestation

If you completed coursework in anything other than an ABAI VCS, that coursework is considered nonverified. You must have your professor, department chair, or University registrar complete a Course Content Attestation and submit it with your BCaBA Certification Application or your preliminary coursework evaluation.

Supervised Experience

You must complete a defined practical experience in applied behavior analysis that meets all of the requirements in the current Experience Standards.

For all other experience documents and resources, please visit the BCaBA documents section.

Need a qualified supervisor? Visit the BACB’s certificant registry to locate BCBAs who are qualified and willing to supervise experience hours.

If your certification expired within the last five years, you may be able to requalify as a BCaBA by sitting for the BCaBA certification examination.

To be eligible for this option, you must also meet the following continuing education requirements:

  • You obtained 10 CEUs each year since the date your BCaBA certification expired (prorated to the month you submit a Qualification Via Past Certification Application).
  • You earned the CEUs during the period your certification expired (i.e., CEUs earned prior to expiration do not count).
  • The CEUs you earned meet the BACB’s current CEU requirements.

Applying via Past Certification

If you seek to apply for BCaBA certification via this option, you must complete a Qualification Via Past Certification Application. If your application is approved and you are authorized to sit for the BCaBA examination, you must pass the examination within a two-year window.



To apply for BACB cerfication via this pathway, you must have a degree from an ABAI-accredited bachelor’s program and you must have completed defined practical fieldwork.

Degree

You must have a degree from an ABAI-accredited bachelor’s program.

Supervised Fieldwork

You must complete defined practical fieldwork in applied behavior analysis that meets all of the requirements in the BCaBA Fieldwork Requirements.

For all other fieldwork documents and resources, please visit the BCaBA documents section.

Need a qualified supervisor? You can visit the BACB’s certificant registry to locate BCBAs who are qualified and willing to supervise fieldwork hours.


To apply for BACB certification via this pathway, you must have an acceptable bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and you must have completed acceptable undergraduate coursework in behavior analysis as well as defined practical fieldwork, as well as a defined period of supervised practical experience.

Degree

You must have a bachelor’s degree (e.g., master’s or doctoral) from a qualifying institutionInstitutions within the U.S. that are listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation database OR institutions outside of the U.S. whose degrees meet certain standards (please see our degree preliminary evaluation page for information about requesting an evaluation of your degree’s equivalency and/or field of study)..

Not sure your degree qualifies? If you are uncertain whether your degree qualifies, you can request a preliminary degree evaluation online prior to submitting a BCaBA Certification Application.

Behavior-Analytic Coursework

You must have completed behavior-analytic coursework that meets all of the following:

  • was taken at a qualifying institutionInstitutions within the U.S. that are listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation database OR institutions outside of the U.S. whose degrees meet certain standards (please see our degree preliminary evaluation page for information about requesting an evaluation of your degree’s equivalency and/or field of study).
  • was undergraduate level and from the qualifying institutionInstitutions within the U.S. that are listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation database OR institutions outside of the U.S. whose degrees meet certain standards (please see our degree preliminary evaluation page for information about requesting an evaluation of your degree’s equivalency and/or field of study). at which you were enrolled
  • was taken for academic credit
  • reflects that you received a passing grade (“C” or better for graded courses) in each course
  • covers the required content outlined in the BACB’s Task List (5th edition) and Coursework Requirements
Not sure your coursework qualifies? If you are uncertain whether your coursework qualifies, you can request a preliminary coursework evaluation online prior to submitting a BCaBA Certification Application.

Note: The BACB will only make determinations about the acceptability of nonverified coursework via (a) a formal certification application or (b) a preliminary coursework evaluation.

Verified Coursework

ABAI works with institutions to identify and verify sequences of courses— known as a Verified Course Sequence (VCS)—that meet the BACB’s coursework requirements. The ABAI VCS Directory includes all VCSs, VCS coordinators, content hours, and dates for which the courses were verified.

Curious about VCS pass rates? The BACB publishes examination pass rates for VCSs annually as a resource for prospective students.
Nonverified Coursework
Course Content Attestation

If you completed coursework in anything other than an ABAI VCS, that coursework is considered nonverified. You must have your professor, department chair, or University registrar complete a Course Content Attestation and submit it with your BCaBA Certification Application or your preliminary coursework evaluation.

Supervised Fieldwork

You must complete defined practical fieldwork in applied behavior analysis that meets all of the requirements in the BCaBA Fieldwork Requirements.

For all other fieldwork documents and resources, please visit the BCaBA documents section.

Need a qualified supervisor? Visit the BACB’s certificant registry to locate BCBAs who are qualified and willing to supervise fieldwork hours.

If your certification expired within the last five years, you may be able to requalify as a BCaBA by sitting for the BCaBA certification examination.

To be eligible for this option, you must also meet the following continuing education requirements:

  • You obtained 10 CEUs each year since the date your BCaBA certification expired (prorated to the month you submit a Qualification Via Past Certification Application).
  • You earned the CEUs during the period your certification expired (i.e., CEUs earned prior to expiration do not count).
  • The CEUs you earned meet the BACB’s current CEU requirements.

Applying via Past Certification

If you seek to apply for BCaBA certification via this option, you must complete a Qualification Via Past Certification Application. If your application is approved and you are authorized to sit for the BCaBA examination, you must pass the examination within a two-year window.

Apply for BCaBA Certification

To apply for BCaBA certification, you must meet current eligibility requirements, complete an application in your BACB account, and provide the additional required documents.

  1. Complete the BCaBA Certification Application. You’ll find the application in your BACB account, under the “Certification Application” tab.
    Note: You may only have one active examination authorization at a time. If you already have an active examination authorization for the BCBA examination, you will need to Contact Us to cancel your authorization before applying for the BCaBA.
Please make sure the contact information in your BACB account is current. Information in your application must match your official identification (e.g. first and last name) or you will not be permitted to sit for the examination when you arrive at the testing center.
  1. Submit your payment. Once you complete your application, you can pay online with a credit card or mail a check to the BACB.
  2. Submit Supplemental Documents. Submit all required supplemental documents (see the table below) either:
    • Via email: (sent directly by the institution if a transcript): [email protected]
    • Via mail: BACB – Applications, 7950 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO 80127 USA
    • Requirement Documentation
      Coursework Option 1. Degree Electronic transcripts sent directly by the institution
      -or-
      Official, original transcriptsA transcript issued by an institution in a sealed envelope (may be mailed to the BACB in the original, unopened envelope). mailed
      2. Coursework
      3. Experience Final Experience Verification Form(s)
      (see Acceptable Signature Policy)
  1. Monitor your email for BACB notifications.
    • Acknowledgment of application and document receipt. You will receive an email once the BACB receives your documents. Note: it may take the BACB up to 2 weeks to process your application.
    • Application Determination. You will receive status updates and other notifications via email. Please follow all instructions regarding your application and requirements. Your certification application expires 90 days after the BACB receives it. If you have not met all requirements by this time, you submit a new application and an additional application fee.
    • Examination authorization. Once you have met all requirements, you will receive an examination authorization via email with instructions on registering for the examination. Please review this information carefully and ensure that the contact information in your BACB account matches the identification information you will use at the examination site.

Deadlines and Fees

The BACB accepts applications on a continual basis. However, there are on-time submission deadlines for each of the four annual testing windows. Complete applications must be received by the BACB one month prior to the start of a testing window to ensure they are reviewed in advance of that testing window.

Application Fees

Certification Application $175
Examination Retake Application (within 2 year period after initial BACB approval) $120
Examination Appointment (paid to Pearson VUE) $125

To obtain BCaBA certification, you must pass the BCaBA examination. You will be authorized to take the examination once you have submitted a complete BCaBA Certification Application to the BACB, including all required documentation that shows you meet eligibility requirements.

The purpose of the BCaBA® examination is to assess knowledge of the BCaBA Task List (4th ed.) consistent with an entry-level behavior analyst. The BCaBA examination is comprised of 140 multiple-choice questions, 10 of which are ungraded pilot questions. Each question has 4 possible answers. Candidates have 4 hours to complete the examination. For more information about the BCaBA examination, visit the Examination page.

The BACB reserves the right to prohibit any individual from sitting for a BACB examination, or invalidate any certification (immediately making the certification null and void), in the event it finds that the individual submitted falsified, forged, or untrue information. The BACB reserves this right regardless of when it becomes aware of the falsified, forged, or untrue information. Individuals attempting to sit for a BACB examination will be unable to reapply for certification for 5 years and must meet the requirements applicable at the time they reapply. Individuals already certified by the BACB will have their certification revoked, and will be unable to reapply for certification for 5 years. Additionally, they will need to re-complete all experience hours (as applicable), meet the requirements applicable when they reapply, complete appropriate additional ethics coursework, and submit to a full audit of experience hours (as applicable) when they reapply. These sanctions may precede additional sanctions imposed on the individual. If the individual is able to provide evidence that the information in question was submitted accurately and truthfully, they retain the right to appeal the hold or invalidation.


You may retake the certification examination within two years of your initial approval and only after examination scores are released. The Examination Retake Application is available online via your BACB account. You will receive an examination authorization email within 24 hours of submitting the Examination Retake Application and your payment.

Maintain BCaBA Certification

To maintain your BCaBA certification, you must complete ongoing continuing education, adhere to the BACB’s ethics requirements and self-reporting requirements, meet supervision standards for BCaBAs and submit a complete recertification application and associated fees every 2 years prior to your recertification date.

Continuing Education

Initial BCaBA certification indicates that an individual has met entry-level standards for practice as a behavior analyst. The purpose of the BACB’s continuing education (CE) requirement is to ensure that BCaBA certificants engage in activities that will expand their behavior-analytic skills beyond the requirements for initial certification, and help them stay up-to-date on developments in the profession.

As a certified BCaBA, you are required to obtain 20 continuing education units (CEUs) within each two-year recertification cycle, including four CEUs in ethics and three CEUs in supervision (for supervisors only).

All CEUs must occur within the recertification cycle to which it is applied. “Making up” missed CEUs after your certification expiration date is not permitted, and CEUs in excess of the requirements cannot be applied to a subsequent cycle.

CEU Types

You can earn CEUs through 7 types of activities, as illustrated in the table below. To learn more about a CE type, click the number on the chart.

TYPE DESCRIPTION LIMIT CEUs DOCUMENTATION
1 College or university coursework None – all CE can come from this type 50 minutes of instruction = 1 CEU Course syllabus and transcript.
2 CE issued by authorized continuing education (ACE) providers None – all CE can come from this type 50 minutes of instruction = 1 CEU Certificate from the Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider.
3 Non-authorized events 25% can come from this type 50 minutes = 1 CEU An attestation signed and dated by the certificant.
4 Instruction of Type 1 or Type 2 50% can come from this type 50 minutes of instruction = 1 CEU Letter from the department chair on letterhead from the university at which a course was taught or a letter from the Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider’s coordinator.
5 CE issued by the BACB directly 25% can come from this type Determined by BACB Entered directly into the certificant’s BACB account.
6 Take and pass the certification exam again All CE will be fulfilled by this activity Passing the exam equals 100% of your required CE, except for supervision Entered directly into the certificant’s BACB account.
7 Scholarly Activities 25% can come from this type One publication = 8 CEUs One review = 1 CEU A final publication which indicates the certificant as one of the authors. For action editor activity, an editorial decision letter is required. For reviewer activity, required documentation is a letter of attestation from the action editor.
Types of Continuing Education – Definitions
Type 1 – College or University Coursework

Received a passing grade (“C” or better for graded courses) in an undergraduate- or graduate-level college or university course. Course content must be entirely behavior-analytic. Courses must be from a qualifying institutionInstitutions within the U.S. that are listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation database OR institutions outside of the U.S. whose degrees meet certain standards (please see our degree preliminary evaluation page for information about requesting an evaluation of your degree’s equivalency and/or field of study)..

Each 50 minutes of classroom instruction counts as one CEU. At typical North American institutions of higher education, one academic semester credit is equivalent to 15 CEUs and one academic quarter credit is equivalent to 10 CEUs. Any portion or all of the required number of CEUs may be applied from this category during any recertification cycle.

Type 2 – Events Offered by Authorized CE Providers

Completion of events sponsored by BACB authorized providers. Any portion or all of the total required number of CEUs may be applied from this category during any recertification cycle.

ACE Provider Directory

Type 3 – Non-Authorized Events

Completion or instruction of a seminar, colloquium, presentation, conference event, workshop, or symposium not authorized by the BACB, only if related directly to the practice of behavior analysis. Supervision activities, such as those related to the RBT requirements, or other non-required supervision activities, may also be included.

A maximum of 25% of the total required number of CEUs may be applied from this category during any recertification cycle.

Type 4 – Instruction

Instruction of a Type 1 or Type 2 CE event, on a one-time basis for each event, provided the applicant was present for the complete event.

A maximum of 50% of the total required number of CEUs may come from this category during any recertification cycle.

Type 5 – BACB Events

Credentialing events or activities initiated and pre-approved for CE by the BACB.

A maximum of 25% of the total required number of CEUs may come from this category during any recertification cycle.

Type 6 – Pass the Exam

Passing the certification examination during the final year of your recertification cycle. Passing the exam shall satisfy the CE requirement for the current recertification period. (Certificants do not have to re-qualify under current standards. They should apply to take the exam for CE and pay that fee.)

Please be advised: If you take the certification examination for CE and do not pass, you will no longer be BACB-certified.
Type 7 – Scholarly Activities

Publishing an ABA article in a peer-reviewed journal OR serving as a reviewer or action editor of an ABA article for a peer-reviewed journal. Type 7 can be claimed only in the recertification cycle when the article was published or reviewed.

One publication is equivalent to eight CEUs. One review is equivalent to one CEU.

A maximum of 25% of the total required number of CEUs may be applied from this category during any recertification cycle.

Ethics CE

Acceptable ethics content is behavior-analytic in nature and covers ethical issues in behavior analysis practice or research. Ethics content should incorporate the BACB’s ethics requirements. Sample ethics CE topics might include the (in)appropriateness of implementing non-behavioral therapies; strategies for avoiding/managing dual relationships; creating a culture of ethics in an organization; and ethical implications of media and technology, among others.

Supervision CE

If you are a BCaBA who wishes to supervise the ongoing practice of RBTs, you are required to obtain specific training in supervision based on the BACB Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline (2.0). This training may be completed up to 180 days before your certification date or after your certification date.

You are also required to obtain 3 supervision CEUs every recertification cycle. Acceptable supervision content is behavior-analytic in nature and covers effective supervision as defined in the BACB’s Experience Standards (in particular, the “Nature of Supervision” section).

Ethics/Supervision CEUs Overlap

A CEU may be counted as either an ethics CEU or a supervision CEU but not both. CEUs acquired from the 8-hour supervisor training may count as supervision CEUs only.

Repeating CE Activities

You should never repeat a CEU activity in order to obtain additional CEUs. Repeating activities does not provide new or expanded knowledge or skills.

If your next recertification cycle begins in 2020, please note the following:

  • Type 3: You must enter Type 3 CEUs into your BACB Gateway account before January 1, 2020. Effective January 1, 2020, you will no longer be able to enter Type 3 CEUs.
  • Type 6: You must pass the certification examination before January 1, 2020 in order for it to count as CE. After January 1, 2020, passing the BCaBA examination will no longer be an option for CE. Please be advised: If you take the certification examination for CE and do not pass, you will no longer be BACB-certified.
  • Type Restrictions: Restrictions on CEU type will be eliminated on January 1, 2020.
  • New Types: All old CEU types will automatically be converted into the new types on January 1, as follows:
      • Type 1, 2, 3, and 5 – Learning
      • Type 4 – Teaching
      • Type 7 – Scholarship


As a certified BCaBA, you are required to obtain 20 continuing education units (CEUs) within each two-year recertification cycle, including four CEUs in ethics and three CEUs in supervision (for supervisors).

All CEUs must occur within the recertification cycle to which it is applied. “Making up” missed CEUs after your certification expiration date is not permitted and CEUs in excess of the requirements cannot be applied to a subsequent cycle.

CEU Types

You can earn CEUs through three types of activities, as illustrated in the table below. There are no restrictions or limitations on the number of CEUs you can earn through each activity type.

Continuing Education By: Documentation CEU Values
Learning Attending events offered by Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) providers.
ACE Provider Directory
Certificate from ACE events 25 minutes of learning = ½ CEU*
For BCBAs, completing didactic behavior-analytic graduate courses with a passing grade (“C” or better for graded courses); for BCaBAs, completing didactic behavior-analytic undergraduate or graduate courses at a qualifying institutionInstitutions within the U.S. that are listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation database OR institutions outside of the U.S. whose degrees meet certain standards (please see our degree preliminary evaluation page for information about requesting an evaluation of your degree’s equivalency and/or field of study).
(coursework used to obtain certification will not qualify).
Syllabi and transcripts from university courses
Participating in certain BACB certification activities. No documentation is needed for BACB events (these are issued directly into BACB accounts)
Teaching Teaching ACE events. Documentation from the ACE provider demonstrating that the certificant taught an ACE event 25 minutes of instruction = ½ CEU*
Teaching university courses in behavior analysis at a qualifying institutionInstitutions within the U.S. that are listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation database OR institutions outside of the U.S. whose degrees meet certain standards (please see our degree preliminary evaluation page for information about requesting an evaluation of your degree’s equivalency and/or field of study).. Letter from a department chair for teaching a university course
Scholarship Publishing an article on behavior analysis in a peer-reviewed journal. A PDF of the final published article 1 publication = 8 CEUs 1 review = 1 CEU
Writing a review or decision letter for an article on behavior analysis submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Letter from the journal editor or associate editor

*At typical North American institutions, 1 academic semester credit is equivalent to 15 CEUs and 1 academic quarter credit is equivalent to 10 CEUs.

Continuing education may address any aspect of behavior analysis: practice, science, methodology, theory, or the profession. In addition, four CEUs in ethics and three CEUs in supervision (for supervisors only) are required during each recertification cycle.

Ethics CEUs

Acceptable ethics content must cover ethical issues in behavior-analytic practice or research. Ethics content should relate to the BACB’s ethics requirements. Sample ethics content include the (in)appropriateness of implementing non-behavioral therapies; strategies for avoiding/managing dual relationships; creating a culture of ethics in an organization; ethical implications of media and technology, among many others.

Supervision CEUs

If you are a BCaBA who wishes to supervise the ongoing practice of RBTs, you are required to obtain specific training in supervision based on the BACB Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline (2.0). This training may be completed up to 180 days before your certification date or after your certification date.

You are also required to obtain three supervision CEUs every recertification cycle. Acceptable supervision content is behavior-analytic in nature and covers effective supervision as defined in the BACB’s Experience Standards (in particular, the “Nature of Supervision” section).

Ethics/Supervision CEU Overlap

A CEU may be counted as either an ethics CEU or a supervision CEU, but not both. CEUs acquired from the 8-hour supervisor training may count as supervision CEUs only.

Repeating CE Activities

Do not repeat a CE activity to obtain additional CEUs. Repeating CE activities does not provide new or expanded knowledge or skills.


Professionals certified at the BCaBA level may not practice independently; every BCaBA must practice under the supervision of a qualified supervisor.

The Supervision Standards for BCaBAs outline the information both supervisors and BCaBAs need to ensure that appropriate ongoing supervision is provided in order to maintain certification.



 


Unsupervised BCaBAs:

  • may not practice as a BCaBA, which is defined as engaging in any tasks identified in the BCBA/BCaBA Task List (starting in 2022, the 5th Edition Task List will take precedence)
  • may not sign or bill as a BCaBA, including signing any client records or billing forms as a BCaBA. They may relay to potential employers that they will not be considered “inactive” once they secure a new supervisor.
  • must report critical information to the BACB while unsupervised, including any investigations by professional, healthcare, and regulatory organizations, and charges or actions that might impact a background check or their status with the BACB. “Critical information” also includes physical conditions, mental conditions, or substance addictions that could impair their ability to competently provide behavior-analytic services and/or jeopardize public health and safety.
  • may return to “active” status on the BACB registry if they are listed as a “supervisee” in their new supervisor’s BACB account.

If a BCaBA does not have a supervisor and is not practicing as a BCaBA, they may want to request Voluntary Inactive Status.

All BACB certificants must adhere to the professional and ethical requirements outlined in The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. For more information about ethics requirements, please visit the Ethics section of this website.

If you are providing supervision to RBTs or trainees pursuing certification, then you must meet all of the relevant supervision requirements and complete supervision continuing education.

Recertification

As a certified BCaBA, you are required to submit a recertification application (including payment) every 2 years. Recertification applications are available in your BACB Gateway account within 45 days of your recertification date and as soon as you meet your CE requirements. You must complete your recertification application on or before your recertification date to avoid lapses in your certification and late fees.

After recertifying, certificants will receive a new certificate and a new recertification date 2-years after their previous recertification date.

Recertification Fees

BCaBA
Recertification Application $140
Late Fee $50
Insufficient Funds/Returned Check $45
Certificate Replacement $35


If you complete all your CE requirements but fail to recertify prior to your recertification date, you will have 90 days from your recertification date to reinstate your certification. After this grace period, you will lose your certification and will need to reapply and meet the eligibility requirements applicable at that time.



BCaBAs may be inactive because:

  • they placed their certification on voluntary inactive status or active/duty reserve status,
  • they did not recertify by their recertification date,
  • are not supervised, or
  • they have sanctions against their certification.

BCaBAs with an inactive certification may not bill, practice, or represent themselves as an BCaBAs. BCaBAs may be listed as “inactive” on the certificant registry.

BCaBAs who need a break from maintaining their certification for a period of time—and who are within their recertification window and have completed continuing education for their recertification cycle (prorated to the month)—may request inactive status. As an inactive BCaBA, you are not permitted to practice, bill, or represent yourself as a BCaBA, and will not be listed in the BACB’s certificant registry. Once granted voluntary inactive status, you may remain inactive for up to four years. There are no certification maintenance requirements (i.e., continuing education, supervision, recertification fees) during the period of inactivity.

Applying for voluntary inactive status: If you wish to request voluntary inactive status, you must complete the Voluntary Inactive Status Application – BCaBA and pay a one-time, inactive request fee of $50.

Reactivation Requirements

If you are on voluntary inactive status for less than four years and wish to reactivate your certification, you must submit a request to Return from Voluntary Inactive Status Application.

Once your certification is reactivated, your recertification cycle will resume (e.g., if you had eight months until the end of your cycle when you went on inactive status, you will have eight months before you need to recertify upon returning from inactive status). If your certification remains inactive for a period of four years, you must request reactivation or your certification will expire. In this instance, once you have returned from inactive status, you may not apply for inactive status again until you complete at least one full recertification cycle.


If you are called to active military duty in the U. S. armed forces, you may apply for a temporary pause of your certification status or eligibility to cover the period for which you are called to active military duty (not to exceed two years).

If you are called to active duty and are on reserve status, you are prohibited from practicing, billing, or representing yourself as a BCaBA until your certification is reinstated.

Upon being called to active duty, notify the BACB via the Contact Us webpage and provide a copy of your official call-up notice. The BACB will place your certification on reserve status during your active duty period. Following completion of your active duty, or two years, whichever is earlier, you must contact the BACB to update your certification status. When your certification becomes active again, your recertification cycle or eligibility window will resume.

Administrative Appeals


If you believe a BACB determination was made in error—including, but not limited to, a denial of a certification application, recertification application, or another application you submitted to the BACB—you may review the Administrative Appeals Policy and, if applicable, submit an administrative appeal within 30 days of the determination.

BCaBA Documents

Translated documents are available on the translated documents page.

General Information

Coursework

Required Documents

In addition to the unique documentation system outlined in the BCaBA Experience Standards, the following are required experience documents:

Monthly and Final Experience Verification Forms

Note: The following forms are PDF documents that should be saved to your desktop and opened in Adobe Acrobat rather than your web browser.

Individual Supervisor Forms

Organization Forms

Optional Resources

Required Documents

In addition to the unique documentation system outlined in the BCaBA Fieldwork Standards, the following are required fieldwork documents:

Monthly and Final Fieldwork Verification Forms

Note: The following forms are PDF documents that should be saved to your desktop and opened in Adobe Acrobat rather than your web browser.

Individual Supervisor Forms

Organization Forms

Optional Resources

Continuing Education/Supervision

Application Information

Inactive Status