INFORMATION FOR SUPERVISORS

Requirements

Supervisors of Trainees (for those pursuing certification)

  1. At the time of supervision, supervisors must hold the BCBA or BCBA-D credential, or be a licensed or registered psychologist certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology who was tested in Applied Behavior Analysis, or be authorized by the BACB to provide supervision for a Verified Experience; AND
  2. Obtain 3 hours of continuing education related to supervision during each certification cycle; AND
  3. Pass an 8-hour, competency-based training covering the BACB’s Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline.

Note: A change to the Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline (2.0) will be effective on November 1, 2019. Any 8-hour supervision training documents submitted after November 1, 2019 must be based on the new curriculum.

See our Audit Process webpage for additional information about what to do in the event of an audit.

Once a BACB certificant has met requirements 1-2 above, his or her certificant registry entry will include the following statement: “Meets Supervision Requirements as of DATE.” The date shown is the date the certificant became eligible to begin providing supervision.

Supervisors of BCaBAs

  1. At the time of supervision, supervisors must hold the BCBA, BCBA-D, or BCaBA credential (BCaBAs may supervise RBTs only) or be a licensed or registered psychologist certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology who was tested in Applied Behavior Analysis; AND
  2. Obtain 3 hours of continuing education related to supervision during each certification cycle; AND
  3. Pass an 8-hour, competency-based training covering the BACB’s Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline.
    Note: A change to the Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline (2.0) will be effective on November 1, 2019. Any 8-hour supervision training documents submitted after November 1, 2019 must be based on the new curriculum.

Supervisors of RBTs

Please review the RBT Supervision and Supervisor Requirements.

Note:

Supervisors should review the process for adding or removing supervisees. It is the responsibility of every trainee, supervisee, certificant, and supervisor to ensure that any supervision provided or received is consistent with current BACB standards, any applicable state regulatory standards (e.g., licensure), and relevant third-party payor requirements.

Resources

8-Hour Supervision Training

The basis of the required supervision training is the BACB Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline. The purpose of the training is to provide the knowledge and skills required for the effective supervision of those who deliver behavior-analytic services and those who are pursuing BACB certification. All Type 2 ACE providers who hold the BCBA credential are eligible to offer supervision training based on this curriculum outline. Verified Course Sequences may integrate this training into their coursework, as long as all of the training requirements are met. This training must be completed prior to the onset of any supervision activities.

Note: A change to the Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline (2.0) will be effective on November 1, 2019. Any 8-hour supervision training documents submitted after November 1, 2019 must be based on the new curriculum.

Supervision Continuing Education

BCaBAs, BCBAs and BCBA-Ds who wish to provide supervision of individuals pursuing BACB certification or the ongoing practice of BCaBAs or RBTs will be required to obtain specific training in order to do so. These individuals will also be required to obtain 3 CEUs on supervision in every certification cycle. Acceptable supervision content is behavior-analytic in nature and covers effective supervision as defined in the BACB’s Experience Standards (in particular, the “Nature of Supervision” section) and the Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline.

Documents

BCBA/BCaBA Experience Standards
BCBA/BCaBA Audit Process
RBT Audit Process
Sample Supervision Contract for BCBA/BCaBA Trainees
Standards for Supervision of BCaBAs
BCaBA Supervision Contract Specifications
Supervisors of RBTs
Process for Adding or Removing Supervisees