In order to maintain their credentials, BCBAs and BCBA-Ds must:
- Complete all maintenance requirements every other year (2-year cycle); and
- Complete ongoing continuing education requirements; and
- Submit complete recertification applications on the required schedule via the BACB Gateway, including all necessary fees, attestations, and self-reporting requirements; and
- Adhere to the BACB’s ethics requirements; and
- Complete an 8-hour supervision training and 3 hours of continuing education related to supervision, if providing supervision to others.
We highly recommend completing maintenance requirements, including online applications, no later than the 15th of the month in which they are due. This allows sufficient time to address any processing problems well in advance of the certification expiration date. All online applications must be completed on or before the certification expiration date in order to avoid lapses in certification and late fees. After the certification expiration date, certificants have 90 days to reinstate their certification following the procedures described here. However, continuing education must be obtained in the certification cycle. Continuing education obtained during the reinstatement period may not be used toward the requirements for the previous certification cycle.
Recertification: 2-Year Cycle
BCBAs and BCBA-Ds are required to complete recertification (including payment) every 2 years. Recertification requires verification that the BCBA has completed 32 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, certificants must have entered 32 hours of acceptable continuing education into their Gateway accounts, with at least 4 hours in the area of ethics. Those who wish to supervise individuals pursuing BACB certification or the ongoing practice of BCaBAs will also need to obtain 3 hours of supervision continuing education per recertification cycle as part of the 32-hour requirement.
|Recertification – online||$215||$290|
|Exam for Continuing Education||$130||$130|
|Insufficient Funds/Returned Check||$45||$45|
Inactive status is for certificants who need a break from maintaining their credential 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.
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 “BCBA-D (Inactive),” “BCBA (Inactive),” or “BCaBA (Inactive).” An inactive certificant is strictly prohibited from practicing or billing as a BCBA, BCBA-D or BCaBA.
Active Duty/Reserves 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.