About the Certification
The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) is an undergraduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCaBA level may not practice independently, but must be supervised by someone certified at the BCBA/BCBA-D level. In addition, BCaBAs can supervise the work of Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.
Obtaining BCaBA Certification
BCaBA certification requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, completion of coursework, and a defined period of supervised practical experience to apply for the BCaBA examination. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, apply for the certification, and pass the BCaBA examination to become certified at the BCaBA level. Individuals who plan to apply for certification on or after January 1, 2022 must meet the new 2022 requirements.
Maintaining BCaBA Certification
BCaBAs are required to recertify, acquire continuing education, receive ongoing supervision, and comply with the BACB’s ethics requirements. BCaBAs who wish to provide supervision must complete additional training and continuing education requirements.
Ethics and Discipline
BCaBAs must have coursework in ethics and professional conduct as part of the eligibility requirements for the certification. In addition, each BCaBA must abide by the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.
The BCaBA will have at least one BCBA or BCBA-D supervisor in accordance with the Standards for Supervision of BCaBAs. The BCaBA’s supervisor is responsible for the services provided by the BCaBA. BCaBAs who wish to provide supervision to RBTs must complete additional training and continuing education requirements. Requirements for Supervisors
BCaBAs Interested in Becoming BCBAs
BCaBAs who are in good standing may apply for the BCBA examination when they have acquired the necessary graduate-level degree, coursework, and supervised experience.