Global Certification

Certification Applications

The BACB currently accepts certification applications from individuals regardless of their country of residence. Effective January 1, 2023, only individuals who reside in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom* may apply for BACB certification. BACB certificants who obtained their certification prior to January 1, 2023 may maintain their certification indefinitely as long as they meet recertification requirements. Additional information about this change can be found in Recent Changes to the BACB’s International Focus.

Translated Examinations

BCBA and BCaBA examinations are currently offered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Korean, and Polish. Effective January 1, 2022, BCBA and BCaBA examinations will be based on the 5th editions of the BCBA and BCaBA Task Lists and will only be offered in English. However, the BACB may conduct future assessments of the viability of non-English examinations for the U.S. and Canada.

Request for Country-Specific Support

The BACB remains committed to supporting the international dissemination of behavior analysis standards around the world. The BACB has reallocated resources to assist national behavior analysis organizations (or organizations that represent the consensus view of the behavior-analytic community within a country) in the development of their professional infrastructure, including the development of new credentialing programs. Support might include in-person or remote consultation, resource development and small grants, among others. Requests for assistance in developing new credentialing programs will involve securing a local expert on professional regulation to assist in identifying a course of action suited to the country’s existing regulatory infrastructure. Requests for support may be submitted in the form, below.

Country-Specific Request to Reinstate BACB Certification

A national behavior analysis organization may formally request that new BACB certifications be made available again in their specific country beginning in 2023. The application will require a comprehensive assessment of the professional landscape within the target country conducted by the applicant. This assessment will include how professions are customarily regulated in the country, the availability of potential certification applicants, existing university programs, and evidence of consensus in the country for this course of action. In addition, the BACB will conduct a thorough analysis of testing capacity in addition to employment, intellectual property, tax, and trade laws. Following review of the application and completion of the ancillary research, the BACB Board of Directors will make a final decision on the matter.


*Individuals who reside in the UK may continue to apply for BACB certification through 2025. This date may be moved earlier if the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis seeks national recognition for UK behavior analysts, develops its own credentialing system, and transitions current BACB certificants into the UK system.

In this episode, Dr. Melissa Nosik hosts a discussion with Drs. Jim Carr and Neil Martin and Board President Dr. Bridget Taylor about the upcoming changes to the BACB's international focus, which includes answers to frequently asked questions.