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 US, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom (UK)* may apply for BACB certification. BACB certificants who obtained their certification before January 1, 2023 may maintain their certification indefinitely as long as they continue to meet recertification requirements. The BACB’s original announcement from 2019 provides additional information about this change. Please refer to this web page for updates about future certification availability in other countries.

Effective January 1, 2023, the BACB will no longer accept coursework from Verified Course Sequences approved under an Alternative Pathway in which courses are taught outside of an accredited educational institution. The BACB originally developed the Alternative Pathway for coursework verification as an effort to help support behavior-analytic training initiatives outside of North America. Given the change to the BACB’s international focus, beginning in 2023 BCBA and BCaBA certification applications must meet all of the requirements stated in the BCBA and BCaBA Handbooks, including coursework being taught for academic credit at an accredited educational institution.

Certification Examinations

The translated versions of the BCBA and BCaBA examinations (Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Korean, and Polish) have been discontinued as of January 1, 2022. All related translated documents have also been retired.

Individuals who reside in a country other than US, Canada, Australia, or the UK and who are authorized to sit for a BACB examination on/after January 1, 2021, will not be permitted to do so after December 31, 2022. Therefore, all authorized examination attempts must be completed before January 1, 2023 or they will be expired as of January 1, 2023. Effective January 1, 2023, only individuals who reside in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK may schedule and sit for a BACB examination.

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.


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.


*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 achieves national recognition for UK behavior analysts, develops its own credentialing system, and transitions current BACB certificants into the new UK system.