To maintain their certification, BCaBAs must:

Recertification: 2-Year Cycle

BCaBAs who are now on a 2-year cycle will only be required to complete recertification and payment every 2 years. No renewals are required in non-recertification years. Recertification requires verification that the BCaBA has completed 20 units of acceptable continuing education, of which at least 4 hours must cover ethics content.

Continuing Education Requirements

At the end of each recertification cycle, BCaBAs must have entered 20 hours of acceptable continuing education into their BACB accounts, with at least 4 hours in the area of ethics. Those who wish to supervise individuals who are RBTs will also need to obtain 3 hours of supervision continuing education per recertification cycle as part of the 20-hour requirement.

Fee Structure

Recertification $140
Late Fee $50
Exam for Continuing Education $115
Insufficient Funds/Returned Check $45
Certificate Replacement $35

Unsupervised BCaBAs

An unsupervised BCaBA:

  • May not practice as a BCaBA. Practicing as a BCaBA is defined as engaging in any tasks identified in the BCBA/BCaBA Task List.
  • May not sign or bill as an “BCaBA.” This includes signing any client records or billing forms as an BCaBA. The BCaBA may represent to potential employers that the BCaBA will no longer be considered “inactive” once the BCaBA secures a new supervisor; and
  • Must report critical information to the BACB while unsupervised. “Critical information” includes any investigations by professional, healthcare, and regulatory organizations, and charges or actions that might impact a BCaBA’s background check or status with the BACB. “Critical information” also includes any physical conditions, mental conditions, or substance addictions that could impair the BCaBA’s ability to competently provide behavior-analytic services and/or jeopardize public health and safety.
  • May return to being “active” on the website registry if his/her new supervisor adds the BCaBA as a supervisee in his/her BACB Account.

If a BCaBA does not have a supervisor and is not practicing as a BCaBA, they may want to request Voluntary Inactive Status.

Inactive Policy

1. Description

Inactive status is for certificants who need a break from maintaining their certification for a period of time. During the period of inactivity there are no certificant maintenance requirements (i.e., continuing education, supervision, recertification fees). A certificant may only stay inactive for a maximum of 4 years at a time. Certificants may not again apply for inactive status until at least one full recertification cycle has been completed.

2. Application Requirements

Certificants who are current with their continuing education and supervision (BCaBA) requirements (prorated to the month of request) may elect inactive status at any time. Inactive certificants will complete an application and pay a one-time, inactive request fee of $50.

3. Reactivation Requirements

Requires submission of a reactivation application and fee (equivalent to the certificant’s recertification fee); the reactivation fee is not required for inactive periods of less than 1 year. For inactive periods of more than 2 years, the certificant must provide proof of 8 CEUs in the 12-month period prior to reactivation. When the individual becomes active again, their certification cycle will resume (e.g., a certificant having 8 months until the end of their cycle at date of beginning inactive status, upon reactivation their cycle will end 8 months from the date of reactivation). Those inactive for a period of 4 years are required to request reactivation or their certification will expire. Those inactive for a period of 2-4 years will be assessed a $50 fee to return from inactive status.

4. Restrictions

Individuals who have inactive status will be listed as inactive in the Certificant Registry and will not be verified as having active BACB certification. These individuals may refer to their credential as “BCaBA (Inactive).” An inactive certificant is strictly prohibited from practicing or billing as a BCaBA.

Voluntary Inactive Status Application – BCaBA
Request for Return from Inactive Status – BCBA & BCaBA

Active Duty/Reserve Status Policy

Any individual called to active military duty in the United States armed forces may apply for a temporary reservation of their certification status or eligibility to cover the period during which they are called to active military duty (not to exceed two [2] years). Certificants called to active duty who wish to request reserve status will be prohibited from representing that they are BACB certified (or supervising experience designed to comply with BACB standards) until reinstatement of their certification.

Upon being called to active duty, the individual shall notify the BACB and provide a copy of their official call up notice. The BACB will place the individual on reserve status during the active duty period. Following completion of their active duty, or two (2) years, whichever is earlier, the individual must contact the BACB to update their certification status. When the individual becomes active again, the certification cycle or eligibility window will resume.