BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST


NCAA Accredited Program Logo The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior analysis services.

BCBAs may supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts® (BCaBAs®), Registered Behavior Technicians™ (RBTs®), and other professionals who implement behavior-analytic interventions.

You may find information about BCBA certification below:
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BCBA Eligibility Requirements

You have a choice of 3 options or 4 pathways depending on when you apply for BCBA certification. Each option or pathway requires: a degree, behavior-analytic content, experience or supervised fieldwork, and passing the BCBA certification examination.



To apply for BACB certification via this option, you must have an acceptable graduate degree from an accredited university, and have completed acceptable graduate coursework in behavior analysis as well as a defined supervised practical experience.

Degree

You must have a graduate degree (e.g., master’s or doctoral) in behavior analysisThe degree or program name must include the term “behavior analysis” (or a functional equivalent). Graduate programs accredited by Association for Behavior Analysis International meet this requirement. , education The degree or program name must include the words “education” or “educational” (or a functional equivalent). Applicants with education degrees that do not meet this requirement must submit documentation clearly illustrating that: (a) the coursework was focused on education; AND (b) the a department (defined as the local collection of academic faculty responsible for mounting a specialized curriculum within a college/school) of education offered the degree., or psychology The degree or program name must include the word “psychology” or psychological.” Applicants with psychology degrees that do not meet this requirement must submit documentation clearly illustrating that: (a) the coursework was focused on psychology; AND (b) a department (defined as the local collection of academic faculty responsible for mounting a specialized curriculum within a college/school) of psychology offered the 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 BCBA Certification Application.

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 graduate level (i.e., master’s or doctoral) 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 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 BCBA 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 BCBA 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 BCBA documents section.

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


To apply for BCBA certification via this option, you must have an acceptable graduate degree, have held a full-time faculty position in behavior analysis that includes research and teaching, and completed a defined supervised practical experience.

Degree

You must have a graduate degree (e.g., master’s or doctoral) in behavior analysisThe degree or program name must include the term “behavior analysis” (or a functional equivalent). Graduate programs accredited by Association for Behavior Analysis International meet this requirement. , education The degree or program name must include the words “education” or “educational” (or a functional equivalent). Applicants with education degrees that do not meet this requirement must submit documentation clearly illustrating that: (a) the coursework was focused on education; AND (b) the a department (defined as the local collection of academic faculty responsible for mounting a specialized curriculum within a college/school) of education offered the degree., or psychology The degree or program name must include the word “psychology” or psychological.” Applicants with psychology degrees that do not meet this requirement must submit documentation clearly illustrating that: (a) the coursework was focused on psychology; AND (b) a department (defined as the local collection of academic faculty responsible for mounting a specialized curriculum within a college/school) of psychology offered the 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 if your degree qualifies? If you are uncertain whether your degree qualifies, you can request a preliminary degree evaluation online prior to submitting a BCBA Certification Application.

Faculty Teaching and Research

Faculty Appointment

You must have at least 3 years (cumulative) of full-time work as a faculty member 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). within a 5-year period.

Teaching

Your faculty appointment must have included the following teaching characteristics:

  • You taught at least 5 sections/iterations of behavior-analytic coursework.
  • You taught at least 2 of the following behavior-analytic content areas in separate courses: concepts and principles of behavior; single-subject research methods; applied behavior analysis; and ethics in behavior analysis.
  • Each course must have been exclusively or primarily devoted to behavior-analytic content.
  • You must have taught this coursework at the graduate level.
Research

You must have published one article with the following characteristics:

  • It is behavior-analytic in nature
  • It included at least 1 experimental evaluation.
  • It was published in a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal.
  • You were the first, second, or corresponding author.
  • It was published at any point in your career.

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 BCBA documents section.

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


To apply for BCBA certification via this option, you must have an acceptable doctoral degree that was conferred at least 10 years ago, at least 10 years of post-doctoral practical experience, and 500 hours of supervised practical experience.

Degree

You must have a doctoral degree in behavior analysisThe degree or program name must include the term “behavior analysis” (or a functional equivalent). Graduate programs accredited by Association for Behavior Analysis International meet this requirement. , education The degree or program name must include the words “education” or “educational” (or a functional equivalent). Applicants with education degrees that do not meet this requirement must submit documentation clearly illustrating that: (a) the coursework was focused on education; AND (b) the a department (defined as the local collection of academic faculty responsible for mounting a specialized curriculum within a college/school) of education offered the degree., or psychology The degree or program name must include the word “psychology” or psychological.” Applicants with psychology degrees that do not meet this requirement must submit documentation clearly illustrating that: (a) the coursework was focused on psychology; AND (b) a department (defined as the local collection of academic faculty responsible for mounting a specialized curriculum within a college/school) of psychology offered the 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 BCBA Certification Application.

Postdoctoral Experience

The postdoctoral experience must:

  • include 10 years of postdoctoral experience practicing behavior analysis
  • have been at least 10 years of full-time practice (cumulatively)
  • have occurred under a relevant state regulation (e.g., a license) or national professional credential. You may have held different credentials at different times during the 10 years.

Supplemental Supervised Experience

You must have completed at least 500 hours of supervised independent fieldwork that meets current Experience Standards. This experience must have started once you completed 10 years of postdoctoral experience (not before your coursework began, as stated in the Experience Standards).

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

If your certification expired within the last 5 years, you may be able to requalify as a BCBA by sitting for the BCBA certification examination.

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

  • You obtained 16 CEUs each year since the date your BCBA 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 BCBA 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 BCBA examination, you must pass the examination within a 2-year window.



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

Degree

You must have a degree from an ABAI-accredited master’s or doctoral program.

Supervised Fieldwork

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

For all other fieldwork documents and resources, please visit the BCBA 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 graduate degree from an accredited university, and have completed acceptable graduate coursework in behavior analysis as well as defined practical fieldwork.

Degree

You must have a graduate 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 BCBA Certification Application.

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 graduate level (i.e., master’s or doctoral) 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 Fifth Edition Task List 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 BCBA 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 5th edition 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 Nonverified Course Content Attestation and submit it with your BCBA 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 BCBA Fieldwork Requirements.

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

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


To apply for BCBA certification via this pathway, you must have an acceptable graduate degree, have held a full-time faculty position in behavior analysis that includes research and teaching, and have completed defined practical fieldwork.

Degree

You must have a graduate 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).
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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 BCBA Certification Application.

Faculty Teaching and Research

Faculty Appointment

You must have at least 3 years (cumulative) of full-time work as a faculty member 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).
within a 5-year period.

Teaching

Your faculty appointment must have included the following teaching characteristics:

  • You taught at least 5 sections/iterations of behavior-analytic coursework.
  • You taught at least 2 of the following behavior-analytic content areas in separate courses: concepts and principles of behavior; single-subject research methods; applied behavior analysis; and ethics in behavior analysis.
  • Each course must have been exclusively or primarily devoted to behavior-analytic content.
  • You must have taught this coursework at the graduate level.
Research

You must have published 1 article with the following characteristics:

  • It is behavior-analytic in nature
  • It included at least 1 experimental evaluation.
  • It was published in a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal.
  • You were the first, second, or corresponding author.
  • It was published at any point in your career.

Supervised Fieldwork

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

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

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


To apply for BCBA certification under this pathway, you must have an acceptable doctoral degree that was conferred at least 10 years ago, at least 10 years of post-doctoral practical experience, and 500 hours of defined fieldwork.

Degree

You must have a doctoral 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).
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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 BCBA Certification Application.

Postdoctoral Experience

The postdoctoral experience must:

  • include 10 years of postdoctoral experience practicing behavior analysis
  • have been at least 10 years of full-time practice (cumulatively)
  • have occurred under a relevant state regulation (e.g., a license) or national professional credential. You may have held different credentials at different times during the 10 years.

Supplemental Supervised Fieldwork

You must have completed at least 500 hours of supervised independent fieldwork that meets current BCBA Fieldwork Requirements. This fieldwork must have started once you completed 10 years of postdoctoral experience (not before your coursework began, as stated in the Fieldwork Requirements).

For all other fieldwork documents and resources, please visit the BCBA 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 5 years, you may be able to requalify as a BCBA by sitting for the BCBA certification examination.

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

  • You obtained 16 CEUs each year since the date your BCBA 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 BCBA 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 BCBA examination, you must pass the examination within a 2-year window.

Apply for BCBA Certification

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

  1. Complete the BCBA Certification Application. You’ll find the application in your BACB account, under the “Certification Application” tab.
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
      Option 1: Coursework 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)
      Option 2: Faculty Teaching and Research 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. Faculty Teaching Letter from Department Chair and Course Syllabi
      3. Research Copy of published article
      4. Experience Final Experience Verification Form(s)
      (see Acceptable Signature Policy)
      Option 3: Postdoctoral Experience 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. Post-Doctoral Experience CV, Proof of Professional Credentials, Proof of Post-Doctoral Experience
      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 4 annual testing windows. The BACB must receive complete applications 1 month prior to the start of a testing window to ensure they are reviewed in advance of that testing window.

Application Fees

Certification Application $245
Examination Retake Application (within 2 year period after initial BACB approval) $140
Examination Appointment (paid to Pearson VUE) $125

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

The purpose of the BCBA® examination is to assess knowledge of the BCBA Task List (4th ed.) consistent with an entry-level behavior analyst. The BCBA examination is comprised of 160 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 BCBA 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 2 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 BCBA Certification

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

Continuing Education

Initial BCBA 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 BCBA 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 BCBA, you are required to obtain 32 continuing education units (CEUs) within each 2-year recertification cycle, including 4 CEUs in ethics and 3 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
1 College or university coursework None – all CE can come from this type 50 minutes of instruction = 1 CEU
2 CE issued by authorized continuing education (ACE) providers None – all CE can come from this type 50 minutes of instruction = 1 CEU
3 Non-authorized events 25% can come from this type 50 minutes = 1 CEU
4 Instruction of Type 1 or Type 2 50% can come from this type 50 minutes of instruction = 1 CEU
5 CE issued by the BACB directly 25% can come from this type Determined by BACB
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
7 Scholarly Activities 25% can come from this type 1 publication = 8 CEUs 1 review = 1 CEU
Types of Continuing Education – Definitions
Type 1 – College or University Coursework

Received a passing grade (“C” or better for graded courses) in a 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 1 CEU. At typical North American institutions of higher education, 1 academic semester credit is equivalent to 15 CEUs and 1 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 requirements to become certified, BCaBA 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 by the applicant of a Type 1 or Type 2 CE event, on a one-time basis for each event, provided that 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 8 CEUs. One review is equivalent to 1 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 BCBA who wishes to supervise individuals pursuing BACB certification or the ongoing practice of BCaBAs or 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 only as supervision CEUs.

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 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 BCBA 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 BCBA, you are required to obtain 32 continuing education units (CEUs) within each 2-year recertification cycle, including 4 CEUs in ethics and 3 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 3 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).
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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, 4 CEUs in ethics and 3 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 BCBA who wishes to supervise individuals pursuing BACB certification or the ongoing practice of BCaBAs or 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 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.


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, BCaBAs, or trainees pursuing certification, then you must meet all of the relevant supervision requirements and complete supervision continuing education.

Recertification

As a certified BCBA, you are required to submit a recertification application (including payment) every 2 years. Recertification applications are available in your BACB 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

BCBA BCBA-D
Recertification Application $215 $290
Late Fee $50 $50
Insufficient Funds/Returned Check $45 $45
Certificate Replacement $35 $35


If you complete all of 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.

BCBAs 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, or
  • they have sanctions against their certification.
  • BCBAs with an inactive certification may not bill, practice, or represent themselves as an BCBAs. BCBAs may be listed as “inactive” on the certificant registry.

    BCBAs 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 BCBA, you are not permitted to practice, bill, or represent yourself as a BCBA, and you will not be listed in the BACB’s certificant registry. Once granted voluntary inactive status, you may remain inactive for up to 4 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 – BCBA and pay a one-time, inactive request fee of $50.

    Reactivation Requirements

    If you are on voluntary inactive status for less than 4 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 8 months until the end of your cycle when you went on inactive status, you will have 8 months before you need to recertify upon returning from inactive status). If your certification remains inactive for a period of 4 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 1 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 2 years).

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

    Upon being called to active duty, notify the BACB via the Contact Us page 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 2 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.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral


BCBAs with doctoral training in behavior analysis may receive the designation of Board Certified Behavior Analyst-DoctoralTM (BCBA-D™). The BCBA-D™ is not a separate certification and it does not grant any privileges above or beyond the BCBA certification. If you are certified at the BCBA-D level, you function in the same capacity as a BCBA (i.e., as an independent practitioner who provides behavior-analytic services) and are required to meet all BCBA maintenance requirements.

Information that pertains to BCBAs also pertains to BCBA-Ds (e.g., supervision qualifications, maintenance requirements).

If you wish to become a BCBA-D, you must be actively certified as a BCBA and meet 1 of the following options:


You hold a doctoral degree from a graduate program accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.


Doctoral Degree with a Behavior-Analytic Dissertation: You hold a doctoral 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)., conducted a behavior-analytic dissertationThe dissertation must include at least 1 experimental manipulation. The independent variable must be explicitly operant or respondent in nature, the dependent variable sufficiently operationalized, and the problem framed using an operant/respondent conceptualization. The experimental criterion may be met with either single-subject or group-design methods, and meet 1 of the following requirements:

    • Doctoral coursework: You passed at least 4 behavior-analytic courses as part of your doctoral program of study;
      OR
    • Supervision: You received formal advising/supervision from a faculty member who, at the time of your supervision, held the BCBA credential and met the supervisor qualification criteria in place at that time;
      OR
    • Publications: You authored 2 peer-reviewed journal articles that are behavior-analytic in nature. These articles may have been published prior to, during, or after conferral of your doctoral degree.


Doctoral degree: You hold a doctoral 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). and meet ALL of the following requirements:

    • Postdoctoral experience: You accumulated a minimum of 1,800 hours (beyond the experience hours used to qualify for BCBA certification) in applied behavior analysis during a postdoctoral fellowship or postdoctoral employment experience, which included explicit, ongoing education in behavior analysis conducted under the supervision of a BCBA who met the supervision requirements in place at that time; AND
    • Publications: You authored 2 peer-reviewed journal articles that are (a) behavior-analytic in nature and (b) were completed as a product of the training experience above.

If you are currently BCBA-certified, you must complete the BCBA-D application (online application form available below), including all required supplemental documentation, and pay the application fee. Applications are accepted on a continual basis.

Instructions:

    1. Complete the BCBA-D application, including all required supplemental documentation as described below.
    Requirement Documentation How to Submit Documentation
    Option A: Accredited Doctoral Program Doctoral degree from a graduate program accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International Official, unopened university transcriptA transcript issued by an institution in a sealed envelope (may be mailed to the BACB in the original, unopened envelope). listing a doctoral degree conferred by an ABAI-accredited doctoral program. Via email: (sent directly by the institution if a transcript): [email protected]
    -or-
    Via mail: BACB – Applications, 7950 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO 80127 USA
    Option B: Non-Accredited Doctoral Program Doctoral degree Official, unopened university transcriptA transcript issued by an institution in a sealed envelope (may be mailed to the BACB in the original, unopened envelope). listing a doctoral degree conferred by 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).. Via email: (sent directly by the institution if a transcript): [email protected]
    -or-
    Via mail: BACB – Applications, 7950 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO 80127 USA
    Copy of the published dissertation abstract showing that it meets the behavior-analytic dissertationThe dissertation must include at least 1 experimental manipulation. The independent variable must be explicitly operant or respondent in nature, the dependent variable sufficiently operationalized, and the problem framed using an operant/respondent conceptualization. The experimental criterion may be met with either single-subject or group-design methods* requirement File upload in the BCBA-D application form
    Doctoral coursework A copy of the official doctoral program of study showing all of the courses.
    Syllabi for the courses to demonstrate that they were entirely behavior analytic in nature.
    Supervision A letter from the faculty member who held the BCBA credential, on university letterhead, attesting to the formal supervisory relationship.
    Publications Copies of the 2 peer-reviewedThese publications do not need to include an experimental manipulation, and first authorship is not required journal articlesThese publications do not need to include an experimental manipulation, and first authorship is not required that are behavior analytic in nature.
    Option C: Postdoctoral Respecialization Doctoral degree Official, unopened university transcriptA transcript issued by an institution in a sealed envelope (may be mailed to the BACB in the original, unopened envelope). listing a doctoral degree conferred by 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).. Via email: (sent directly by the institution if a transcript): [email protected]
    -or-
    Via mail: BACB – Applications, 7950 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO 80127 USA
    Postdoctoral experience A letter of attestation from the BCBA who supervised the 1,800 hoursThe supervisor and post-doctoral certificant may determine how to document the ongoing supervised experience. of postdoctoral experience or fellowship. File upload in the BCBA-D application form
    Publications Copies of the 2 peer-reviewedThese publications do not need to include an experimental manipulation, and first authorship is not required journal articlesThese publications do not need to include an experimental manipulation, and first authorship is not required that are behavior analytic in nature.

    *The BACB reserves the right to request a copy of the complete dissertation. Note: Documents submitted to the BACB become the property of the BACB and cannot be returned to you.

    1. Submit your payment of $105 by either:
      • including a check with your application documentation (The BACB accepts US funds only, Please do not send cash).
      • having the BACB add an $105 invoice to your BACB Gateway account for online payment (Credit card).
    2. Please allow up to 2 weeks from the date the BACB receives your complete application and payment for your application to be reviewed.
    3. Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email confirming approval of your application or outlining the reasons that your application cannot be approved.

As a BCBA-D, you are required to meet all of the BCBA maintenance requirements. The processing fee for the BCBA-D Recertification Application includes a $90 fee in addition to the BCBA recertification fee (i.e., the BCBA-D recertification fee is $290). You may choose to drop your BCBA-D designation and retain the BCBA designation at the time of your recertification by contacting the BACB.


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.

BCBA 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 BCBA/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 BCBA Fieldwork Standards, the following are required experience 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