To maintain their certification, BCaBAs must:
- Complete all maintenance requirements every other year (2-year cycle); and
- Complete ongoing continuing education requirements; and
- Submit complete renewal and recertification applications on the required schedule via the BACB Account, including all necessary fees, attestations, and self-reporting requirements; and
- Adhere to the BACB’s ethics requirements; and
- Adhere to and document compliance with the Standards for Supervision of BCaBAs; and
- If providing supervision to others, complete supervision training and continuing education requirements.
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.
|Exam for Continuing Education||$115|
|Insufficient Funds/Returned Check||$45|
If a BCaBA does not have a supervisor may want to request Voluntary Inactive Status rather than allow his/her certification to expire.
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.
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.
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.
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  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.