Temporary Allowances for Experience/Fieldwork and Competency Assessments

Due to social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the BACB will allow temporary deviations for certain “with a client” requirements. As of March 1, the “observation with a client” sub-requirement that applies to Experience and Fieldwork will be temporarily waived for those without access to clients. In addition, all RBT competency assessments received as of April 28, 2020 will allow “with a client” tasks to be fulfilled via “role play.” For more information about how to qualify for these temporary exemptions, visit our COVID-19 Updates page and continue to monitor BACB correspondence.

BACB to Temporarily Offer Online Proctored Testing for RBT Candidates

The BACB will temporarily offer live, online proctored testing for its RBT candidates through Pearson VUE’s online delivery system, OnVUE. This option will be available for RBT candidates while Pearson VUE’s in-person testing facilities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The BACB is currently working with Pearson VUE to implement online proctored testing and will announce the date it is available in the near future. Visit our COVID-19 Updates page and listen to our latest episode of the Inside the BACB podcast for more information.

BACB Suspends Fees for Voluntary Inactive Status Applications

To help provide some financial relief for our certificants during this unprecedented time, we will waive all fees for those applying for voluntary inactive status through June 30, 2020. Certificants must submit the Voluntary Inactive Status Application that pertains to their certification level and meet all relevant requirements. Visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

CASP Assumes Oversight of ASD Practice Guidelines

The BACB has transferred the ASD Practice Guidelines (2nd ed.) to the nonprofit Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). With a mission of cultivating, sharing, and advocating for provider best practices in autism services, CASP will now oversee and maintain the guidelines, which set forth ABA best practices for autism providers, and plans to publish the third edition next year. For more information about CASP, and to download a copy of the guidelines, visit casproviders.org/asd-guidelines. You can also listen to our podcast about the ASD Practice Guidelines transfer and read our blog.