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* may apply for BACB certification. BACB certificants who obtained their certification before January 1, 2023, may maintain their certification indefinitely as long as they meet recertification requirements. The BACB’s original announcement from 2019, Recent Changes to the BACB’s International Focus, provides additional information about this change. Please refer to this webpage for updates about future certification availability in other countries.

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.

*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.