Applicants must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a qualifying institution. The bachelor’s degree may be in any discipline.
Coursework must come from a qualifying institution and cover the required content outlined in the BACB’s Fourth Edition Task List and Course Content Allocation documents. Only courses where the applicant was formally enrolled and earned a passing grade (“C” or better for graded courses) are acceptable.
Coursework may come from a Verified Course Sequence (VCS), although other coursework may also be acceptable.
VCS Coursework: The BACB works with institutions to identify and verify sequences of classes that meet the BACB’s coursework requirements. When applicants present a transcript with a passing grade, students do not need to submit the course syllabi with their applications for exam.
Other Coursework: Coursework that is not from a verified course sequence must be reviewed in order to determine whether it covered the required content for the minimum amount of instructional hours. The BACB will only make determinations about the acceptability of non-verified coursework as either (a) part of a formal application for exam or (b) an independent application for coursework evaluation.
A combination of VCS and other coursework may also be acceptable. Regardless of whether coursework is obtained from a VCS, every applicant must demonstrate that his or her coursework covered all of the required content for the minimum number of hours per category.
Applicants must complete experience that fully complies with all of the current Experience Standards. Applicants must carefully review the experience standards with their supervisor(s) before beginning their experience. Please note that these standards stipulate training requirements for trainees and supervisors which must be completed before experience begins.
See our Audit Process webpage for additional information about what to do in the event of an audit.
Visit our Certificant Registry to locate BCBAs willing to supervise the applied experience of those pursuing certification and the ongoing practice of BCaBAs.
Applicants must take and pass the BCaBA examination. Authorization to take the examination is only provided to applicants who have submitted a complete examination application to the BACB, including all documentation necessary to demonstrate that they have met all of the criteria above.