Reporting Infringement or Misuse

Do you have concerns that a non-certified individual may be misrepresenting themselves as a BACB certificant, or may be infringing or misusing BACB intellectual property? If so, you can find more information and a reporting form in this section.

The BACB has a vested interest in protecting its intellectual property. The logos, service marks, certification marks and trademarks “Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®,” “BACB®,” “Board Certified Behavior Analyst®,” “BCBA®,” “BCBA-D®” and “Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral™,” “Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst®,” “BCaBA®,” “Registered Behavior Technician™”, and (“RBT®”) are owned by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®. Unauthorized use, misrepresentation, or references to these marks, the BACB’s certification programs and/or BACB standards is strictly prohibited. Misrepresentation, false characterization, or any attempted fabrication of certification status, ACE approval, or any other BACB offering will be subject to appropriate action, including, but not limited to (a) sanction by the BACB; (b) cease-and-desist; and (c) legal remedies, including, but not limited to, court costs and attorney’s fees.

If you have evidence of infringement of the BACB’s credentials, certificates, or other BACB intellectual property identified on our Terms of Use page, or an instance of an individual misusing a certificant’s information (e.g., certificant number or altered version of a certificate) please complete the form on the Falsified Credentials page.


The BACB cannot provide legal or ethics advice under any circumstances. There are a number of resources available for anyone seeking guidance related to ethics in Ethics Resources. U.S. residents of states that regulate the practice of behavior analysis may contact their state disciplinary boards. For more information about regulation in the U.S., the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts has a resource page on licensure and regulation. Whenever possible, we encourage, but do not require you to consult with a behavior analyst who specializes in the matter before filing a Notice of Alleged Violation. For legal advice, please consult with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction. For additional guidance on ethics-related matters, please see the BACB Ethical Guidance section.