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About the BACB



The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. The BACB adheres to international standards for boards that grant professional credentials. The BACB certification procedures and content undergo regular psychometric review and validation, pursuant to a job analysis survey of the profession and standards established by content experts in the field.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board contracts with Pearson VUE for examination administration. The BACB administers the examinations several times per year in over 200 sites within the United States and over 150 sites outside the US. The BACB has approved course sequences at over 240 universities.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board's BCBA and BCaBA credentialing programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies in Washington, DC. NCCA is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.

Nondiscrimination As provided in the BACB’s bylaws, in conducting its activities, the BACB shall comply with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination in employment or service provision because of a person’s race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, or because of any other protected characteristic.


Click here for a copy of the BACB Bylaws.


The BACB's Mission & Vision

Our Global Mission      
We protect consumers of behavior analysis services worldwide by systematically establishing, promoting, and disseminating professional standards.
Our Global Vision       
Solve a wider variety of socially significant problems by increasing the availability of qualified behavior analysts around the world.
Our Core Values        
As an international nonprofit, standard-setting organization, the BACB is responsive, data-driven, and accountable.


The BACB has developed:

  1. Eligibility Standards to take the BACB Certification Examinations
  2. Renewal and Recertification Standards to maintain certification
  3. Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts
  4. Professional Disciplinary Standards with appeal procedures
  5. A Certificant Registry
  6. A process to approve university course sequences and practica
  7. Procedures to approve continuing education providers
  8. Professionally developed and maintained certification examinations.



Board of Directors

Jonathan Baker, PhD, BCBA-D
Carbondale, IL (term ends 8/17)

Barbara Byers
Consumer Representative
Ann Arbor, MI (term ends 8/15)

Iser DeLeon, PhD, BCBA-D
Baltimore, MD (term ends 8/17)

Jane Howard, PhD, BCBA-D
Modesto, CA (term ends 8/15) 

Eric Larsson, PhD, BCBA-D
Minneapolis, MN (term ends 8/15)

Suzanne Letso, MA, BCBA
Masters BCBA Representative, Treasurer
Milford, CT (term ends 8/16) 

Mark Lister, BCaBA
BCaBA Representative
Gainesville, FL (term ends 8/15)

Christos Nikopoulos, DPhil, BCBA-D
International Representative
London, England (term ends 8/16)

Stephanie Peterson, PhD, BCBA-D
Kalamazoo, MI (term ends 8/17)

Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
Paramus, NJ (term ends 8/16)

Senior BACB Personnel

James E. Carr, PhD, BCBA-D
Chief Executive Officer

Ira Ehrlich, MSW, BCBA
Chief Operating Officer
[email protected]

Christine L. Ratcliff, MS, BCBA
Senior Program Specialist

Margaret "Misty" Bloom, Esq.
Legal and Certification Advisor