SUPERVISION AND TRAINING

Supervisors and Assessor

Qualified supervisors provide supervision to trainees pursuing BCBA and BCaBA certification, and ongoing supervision to RBTs and BCaBAs. Qualified assessors conduct competency assessments for RBTs and RBT applicants. If you are a trainee seeking information about supervision requirements, please refer to the appropriate certification page.

Note: It is the responsibility of every candidate, certificant, and supervisor to ensure that any supervision provided or received is consistent with current BACB standards, any applicable state regulatory standards (e.g., licensure), and relevant third-party payor requirements.

BCBAs who meet supervision requirements are identified on the BCBA/BCaBA Certificant Registry with the statement: “Meets Supervision Requirements as of [DATE].” The date shown is the date the certificant became eligible to provide supervision.

The BCBA/BCaBA Certificant Registry also indicates the type of supervision a qualified supervisor is willing to provide: Supervision of applicants pursuing certification or ongoing supervision. Qualified supervisors may change this status at any time in their BACB account.

Supervising BCBA and BCaBA Trainees

To obtain BCBA and BCaBA certification, individuals must complete a defined practical experience in applied behavior analysis under the supervision of a qualified supervisor.

Supervisor Qualifications

Supervisors must be one of the following:

  • A BCBA/BCBA-D in good standing. Supervisors who hold BCBA/BCBA-D certification must also meet an ongoing supervision CEU requirement;
  • A licensed or registered psychologist certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology who was tested in Applied Behavior Analysis; or
  • An authorized Verified Course Sequence (VCS) Instructor who is providing supervision in a Practicum or Intensive Practicum (Verified Experience Instructor).

In addition, supervisors must complete an 8-hour supervision training before providing any supervision to those accruing experience hours.

Experience Requirements

Supervisors use the BCBA/BCaBA Experience Standards Monthly System to access information needed to meet the requirements for trainees to apply for BCBA or BCaBA certification.

In addition to the unique documentation system outlined in the BCBA/BCaBA Experience Standards, review all required experience documents. For a complete list of required documentation, consult the BCBA/BCaBA Experience Standards.


Supervisor Qualifications

Supervisors must be one of the following:

  • A BCBA/BCBA-D who meets the ongoing supervision CEU requirement and the 8-hour supervision training requirement described below;
  • A licensed or registered psychologist certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology who was tested in Applied Behavior Analysis; or
  • An ABAI Verified Instructor.

In addition, supervisors must complete an 8-hour supervision training before providing any supervision to those accruing fieldwork hours.

Fieldwork Requirements

2022 BCBA Fieldwork Standards

The BCBA Fieldwork Requirements provide the information both supervisors and trainees need to meet the requirements for trainees to apply for BCBA or BCaBA certification.

In addition to the unique documentation system outlined in the Fieldwork Requirements document, review all required fieldwork documents.

Supervising BCaBAs

BCaBA certificants may not practice independently; every BCaBA must practice under the supervision of a qualified supervisor.

Supervisors must be one of the following:

  • An active, certified BCBA/BCBA-D.
  • A licensed or registered psychologist certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology who was tested in Applied Behavior Analysis.

In addition, supervisors must complete an 8-hour supervision training before providing any supervision to those accruing experience hours.


Standards for Supervision of BCaBAs

The BCaBA Supervision Standards provide the information both supervisors and BCaBAs need to ensure that the appropriate ongoing supervision is provided in order to maintain certification.

Supervising RBTs

RBTs practice under the close, ongoing supervision of an RBT Supervisor and/or an RBT Requirements Coordinator, who are responsible for the RBT’s work (see the RBT Supervision and Supervisor Requirements for a full description of each role’s requirements).

There are two types of supervisory roles in the oversight of RBTs: RBT Supervisors and RBT Requirements Coordinators (see the RBT Supervision and Supervisor Requirements for a full description of each role’s requirements).

RBT Supervisors. These individuals are responsible for the services RBTs provide. To be an RBT Supervisor, an individual must have one of the following:

  • BCBA certification.
  • BCaBA certification.
  • A license in another behavioral health profession that has applied behavior analysis in its legislative scope of practice, and competence in applied behavior analysis.
  • Note: These individuals may supervise RBTs only with oversight from an RBT Requirements Coordinator (see below; noncertified RBT supervisor form) who is employed at the same organization as the licensed professional.

RBT Requirements Coordinators. Some organizations have numerous RBT Supervisors, one of whom is designated to serve as the coordinator to ensure that supervision requirements are met for all RBTs. RBT Requirements Coordinators may also serve as RBT Supervisors in addition to fulfilling their coordination duties. RBT Requirements Coordinators must hold an active BCBA certification.

Training requirement. Before providing supervision, RBT Supervisors and RBT Requirements Coordinators must complete the 8-hour training based on the Supervision Training Curriculum Outline.


RBT Supervision and Supervisor Requirements

The RBT Supervision and Supervisor Requirements provide information RBT Supervisors, RBT Requirements Coordinators, and RBTs need to ensure that the appropriate ongoing supervision is provided in order to maintain active certification.

RBT Supervision Documents

RBT Supervisors, RBT Requirements Coordinators, and RBTs need to maintain documentation that demonstrates that they have met ongoing supervision requirements. The RBT Audit Documentation and Sample Supervision Log include more detailed information.

A copy of the Noncertified RBT Supervisor Form must be kept by the Requirements Coordinator, and may be requested in the event of an audit.

For all other experience documents and resources, please visit the Resources and Documents section.

Conducting Assessments

One of the primary eligibility and maintenance requirements for RBT certification is demonstrating competence in the tasks on the Initial/Renewal Competency Assessment. A qualified assessor conducts these assessments and, in some cases, may also involve and oversee assistant assessors.

Responsible assessor: A BACB certificant (BCaBA, BCBA, or BCBA-D) who has completed the 8-hour supervision training is responsible for overseeing the Competency Assessment.

Assistant assessor(s): The responsible assessor may delegate some or all of the assessment to an assistant assessor who has demonstrated, through direct observation, proficiency in the material being delivered. This individual does not need to be certified by the BACB, however, the responsible assessor is professionally and ethically accountable for all of the assistant assessor’s activities. The responsible assessor may utilize multiple assistant assessors for a single Competency Assessment.


RBT Initial Competency Assessment

The Initial Competency Assessment provides information assessors need to ensure that an assessment is appropriately completed.

RBT Initial Competency Assessment

The Renewal Competency Assessment provides information assessors need to ensure that an assessment is appropriately completed.

Trainers

Qualified trainers may provide trainings for both RBT applicants (i.e., 40-hour training) and those who serve as supervisors (i.e., 8-hour supervisor training, supervision continuing education). All trainers must meet eligibility and maintenance requirements; supervisors and assessors must meet relevant eligibility requirements, and provide supervision and assessments in accordance with other applicable requirements.

To obtain certification, RBT applicants must complete a 40-hour training based on the RBT Task List. A qualified trainer conducts the training and, in some instances, may also involve and oversee assistant trainers.

40-Hour Trainer Qualifications

Responsible trainer: A BACB certificant (BCaBA, BCBA, or BCBA-D) who is responsible for overseeing the training.

Assistant trainer: The responsible trainer may delegate some or all of the training experience to an assistant trainer who has demonstrated, through direct observation, proficiency in the material being delivered. This individual does not need to be certified by the BACB, however, the responsible trainer is professionally and ethically accountable for all of the assistant trainer’s activities.

40-Hour Training Requirements

The 40-Hour Training Packet outlines the requirements for conducting the RBT 40-hour training.
 

40-Hour Training Transition: Applicants who have completed the 40-hour training based on the RBT Task List (1st ed.) and will be applying for RBT certification on or after November 1, 2019, will need to either:

  • Complete a new 40-hour training that meets the new training requirements.
  • Complete an abridged version of the training covering (a) the new task list items (i.e., implement shaping procedures, implement token economy procedures, actively seek clinical direction from the supervisor in a timely manner) and (b) one hour devoted to the BACB’s supervision requirements for RBTs so their training meets the new requirements. This entire training will need to be completed within 180 days to meet the 40-hour training duration requirement.

With either option, the applicant will be required to submit one training certificate indicating that the 40-hour training was based on the RBT Task List (2nd ed.).


8-Hour Supervisor Training

Supervisors who oversee the work of (a) individuals acquiring fieldwork (i.e., experience) for BCBA or BCaBA certification, and (b) current BCaBA or RBT certificants who are required to have ongoing supervision, must complete an 8-hour supervision training based on the Supervisor Training Curriculum 2.0 before providing supervision. The curriculum outline is comprised of the learning objectives, tasks, and considerations needed to create an effective supervisory relationship. This training may be provided by any Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) Providers and Verified Course Sequences (VCS).

Transition to new requirements: As of November 1, 2019, all 8-hour supervision documentation uploaded in the BACB account must indicate that the training was based on the Supervisor Training Curriculum 2.0. Prior to November 1, trainings reflecting both versions of the Supervision Training Curriculum will be accepted.

Supervision Continuing Education

BCBAs and BCaBAs who oversee the work of (a) individuals acquiring fieldwork (i.e., experience) for BCBA, BCaBA, or RBT certification, and (b) current BCaBA or RBT certificants, must obtain 3 CEUs on supervision in every recertification cycle. Supervision content must be behavior-analytic in nature and cover effective supervision as defined in the BACB’s Experience Standards/Fieldwork Standards (specifically, the “Nature of Supervision” section) and the Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline.

Resources and Documents

Supervising Trainees

Required Documents

In addition to the Unique Documentation System outlined in the BCBA/BCaBA Experience Standards, the following are required experience documents:

Monthly and Final Experience Verification Forms

Note: The following forms are PDF documents that should be saved to your desktop and opened in Adobe Acrobat rather than your web browser.

Individual Supervisor Forms

Organization Forms

Optional Resources


Required Documents

In addition to the Unique Documentation System outlined in the BCBA/BCaBA Fieldwork Standards, the following are required fieldwork documents:

Monthly and Final Fieldwork Verification Forms

Note: The following forms are PDF documents that should be saved to your desktop and opened in Adobe Acrobat rather than your web browser.

Individual Supervisor Forms

Organization Forms

Optional Resources

Supervising BCaBAs

Supervising and Assessing RBTs

Providing Trainings