April 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:

Appropriate RBT Activities

The 2017 Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award

Reporting Important Information to the BACB: Health- and Safety-Related Incidents — Part 2

BCBA/BCaBA Examination Applications: Deadline Change and Late Fee Elimination

Elimination of Interim Documentation for Applications

BCBA Events at the ABAI 2017 Convention

Annual Data Report: 2016

A Summary of Recent and Upcoming Changes to BACB Standards

Examination Results & Call Volume

August examination results were released and are available in BACB Gateway accounts. Please keep in mind that it takes some time for everything to process.

In the meantime, we are experiencing high call volumes and wait times, as well as large amounts of website traffic. We appreciate your patience during this time and will respond to everyone as quickly as possible.

2017 Board of Directors Elections

We are pleased to announce the results of our spring Board of Directors election. Dr. Jonathan Baker was elected to serve a second three-year term and Dr. Ivy Chong and Dr. SungWoo Kahng were each elected to serve three-year terms as new directors beginning in May. We extend our congratulations to the newly elected directors and offer our thanks to all of the candidates for running. We also wish to thank all of the certificants who nominated candidates and voted in this important election.

Accreditation of RBT Credential

We are pleased to announce that the BACB has received accreditation of its Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

NCCA is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and its accreditation helps demonstrate that a credential has met the rigorous standards established by the credentialing industry. The BACB’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credentials have been NCCA accredited since 2007.

The RBT is the first behavior technician credential to become accredited based upon NCCA’s current heightened standards, which were enacted in 2016. This development means that the BACB is now the only organization in behavior analysis to offer professional credentials at every educational level (graduate, undergraduate, high school), all of which are accredited by NCCA.

In almost 20 years of operation, the BACB has credentialed over 53,000 individuals worldwide: approximately 28,000 RBTs and 25,000 BCBAs and BCaBAs.

A copy of a press release announcing the recent NCCA accredited status of the BACBs RBT credential can be found here.

BCaBA Supervision Documents

Two documents are now available for BCaBAs and their supervisors who will be required to meet new supervision standards as of January 1, 2017. The 161216-standards-for-supervision-of-BCaBAsStandards for Supervision of BCaBAs describes the new requirements. The BCaBA Supervision Contract Specifications document describes important elements of the required supervision contracts.

All BCaBAs and their supervisors must review these documents carefully to ensure compliance with the new standards by January 1, 2017.