CONTINUING EDUCATION

BACB credentials are entry-level credentials, indicating that individuals have met minimum standards for training and experience in the discipline of behavior analysis. In an effort to ensure they remain current on developments in the discipline, certificants should acquire additional training beyond the requirements for certification. The purpose of the BACB’s Continuing Education (CE) requirements is to ensure that all certificants engage in activities that will expand and maintain their behavior-analytic skills. All continuing education must occur within the certification cycle to which it is applied. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in excess of the requirements cannot be applied to a later cycle. “Making up” missed CEUs after the certification expiration date is not permitted.

BCBA Continuing Education Requirements

3-Year Cycle: 36 CEUs every 3 years (3 CEUs in ethics and professional behavior)
2-Year Cycle: 32 CEUs every 2 years (4 CEUs in ethics for all certificants; 3 CEUs in supervision for supervisors)

BCaBA Continuing Education Requirements

3-Year Cycle: 24 CEUs every 3 years (3 CEUs in ethics and professional behavior)
2-Year Cycle: 20 CEUs every 2 years (4 CEUs in ethics for all certificants; 3 CEUs in supervision for supervisors)

Types of Continuing Education

To learn more about a CE type, click the number on the chart.

TYPE DESCRIPTION LIMIT CEUs
1 College or university coursework None – all CE can come from this type 50 minutes of instruction = 1 CEU
2 CE issued by authorized continuing education (ACE) providers None – all CE can come from this type 50 minutes of instruction = 1 CEU
3 Non-authorized events 25% can come from this type* 50 minutes = 1 CEU
4 Instruction of Type 1 or Type 2 50% can come from this type* 50 minutes of instruction = 1 CEU
5 CE issued by the BACB directly 25% can come from this type* Determined by BACB
6 Take and pass the certification exam again All CE will be fulfilled by this activity Passing the exam equals 100% of your required CE, except for supervision
7 Scholarly Activities 25% can come from this type* One publication = 8 CEUs One review = 1 CEU

*A maximum of 75% of the total required CE may come from categories 3, 4, 5 and 7. At least 25% must come from Type 1 or Type 2. Passing the exam (Type 6) meets all CE requirements except for supervision.

Ethics CE

Acceptable ethics content is behavior-analytic in nature and covers ethical issues in behavior analysis practice or research. Ethics content should incorporate the BACB’s Ethics requirements. Sample ethics CE topics might include the (in)appropriateness of implementing non-behavioral therapies, strategies for avoiding/managing dual relationships, creating a culture of ethics in an organization, ethical implications of media and technology, among others.

Supervision CE

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 BACB Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline.

Ethics/Supervision CEUs Overlap

A CEU may be counted as either an ethics CEU or a supervision CEU but not both.

Beginning September 1, 2016, CEUs acquired from the 8-hour Supervisor Training may count as supervision CEUs only. From that date forward, CEUs from these events will not be accepted toward the ethics CEU requirement.

Repeating CE Events

Certificants should not repeat a CEU event in order to obtain additional CEUs. Repeating events does not provide new or expanded knowledge or skills.

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Types of Continuing Education – Definitions

Type 1 – College or University Coursework

Completion of graduate level college or university courses, for BCBAs, or undergraduate or graduate, college or university courses, for BCaBAs. Course content must be entirely behavior analytic. Courses must be from an qualifying institution.

Each 50 minutes of classroom instruction counts as 1 CEU. At typical North American institutions, one academic semester credit is equivalent to 15 CEUs and one academic quarter credit is equivalent to 10 CEUs. Any portion or all of the required number of hours of continuing education may be applied from this category during any certification cycle.

Required documentation for Type 1 CE is a course syllabus and transcript.

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Type 2 – Events Offered by Authorized CE Providers

Completion of events sponsored by providers authorized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Any portion or all of the total required number of hours of continuing education may be applied from this category during any certification cycle.

Required documentation for Type 2 CE is a certificate or letter from the Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider.

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Type 3 – Non-Authorized Events

Completion or instruction of a seminar, colloquium, presentation, conference event, workshop, or symposium not authorized by the BACB, only if related directly to the practice of behavior analysis. Supervision activities, such as those related to the requirements to become certified, BCaBA requirements, or other non-required supervision activities, may also be included.

A maximum of 25 percent of the total required number of hours of continuing education may be applied from this category during any certification cycle.

Required documentation for Type 3 CE is an attestation signed and dated by the certificant.

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Type 4 – Instruction

Instruction by the applicant of a Type 1 or Type 2 continuing education event, on a one-time basis for each event, provided that the applicant was present for the complete event.

A maximum of 50 percent of the total required number of hours of continuing education may come from this category during any certification cycle.

Required documentation for Type 4 CE is a letter from the department chair on letterhead from the university at which a course was taught or a letter from the Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider’s coordinator.

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Type 5 – BACB Events

Credentialing events or activities initiated and pre-approved for CEU by the BACB.

A maximum of 25 percent of the total required number of hours of continuing education may come from this category during any certification cycle.

Required documentation for Type 5 CE is provided by the BACB directly in the form of an entry into the certificant’s BACB Gateway account.

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Type 6 – Pass the Exam

Passing, during the final year of the applicant’s certification cycle, the BACB certification exam appropriate to the type of certification being renewed. BCBAs may only take the BCBA exam; BCaBAs may only take the BCaBA exam. Passing the appropriate exam shall satisfy the continuing education requirement for the current recertification period. (Certificants do not have to re-qualify under current standards. They should apply to take the exam for continuing education and pay that fee.)

Please be advised that if you take the exam for continuing education and do not pass, you will no longer be certified by the BACB.

Required documentation for Type 6 CE is provided by the BACB directly in the form of an entry into the certificant’s BACB Gateway account.

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Type 7 – Scholarly Activities

Publication of an ABA article in a peer-reviewed journal OR service as reviewer or action editor of an ABA article for a peer-reviewed journal. Type 7 CE can be claimed only in the recertification cycle when the article was published or reviewed.

One publication is equivalent to 8 hours of continuing education, and one review is equivalent to 1 CEU.

A maximum of 25 percent of the total required number of hours of continuing education may be applied from this category during any certification cycle.

Required documentation for Type 7 CE is a final publication listing the certificant as author. For action editor activity, an editorial decision letter is required. For reviewer activity, required documentation is a letter of attestation from the action editor.

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