RECENT AND UPCOMING CHANGES TO BACB REQUIREMENTS

In an effort to assist certificants in remaining up-to-date with BACB requirements, the following timeline and table summarize recent and upcoming changes announced by the BACB in newsletters or other resources. Click the timeline to enlarge.

Recent and Upcoming Changes Timeline

Effective Date Area Change Source
January 1, 2023 Application and Examination Jurisdiction Only individuals who reside in the US, Canada, Australia, or the UK may apply for BACB certification and/or take the examination. Recent Changes to the BACB’s International Focus
December 2019 announcement
July 1, 2023 Coursework from VCSs approved under Alternative Pathways The BACB will no longer accept non-university coursework, including coursework from a Verified Course Sequence approved under an Alternative Pathway in which courses are taught outside of an accredited educational institution. International Development & Support web page
January 1, 2024 BCBA and BCaBA Coursework Expiration Policy A rolling 10-year expiration date will be placed on coursework submitted as part of a BCBA or BCaBA certification application. March 2022 Newsletter
January 1, 2025 BCBA Examinations The BCBA examination will be based on the BCBA Test Content Outline (6th ed.). February 2022 Newsletter
BCaBA Examinations The BCaBA examination will be based on the BCaBA Test Content Outline (6th ed.). February 2022 Newsletter
BCBA and BCaBA Verified Coursework All Pathway 2 certification applications will require that a VCS Coordinator Coursework Attestation is completed by a designated program contact. January 2023 announcement to VCS Coordinators
January 1, 2027 BCBA Eligibility and Maintenance Requirements Revisions to core certification requirements, including degree, coursework, supervised fieldwork, continuing education, and ongoing supervision. Pathway 3 and 4 discontinued. March 2022 Newsletter
BCaBA Eligibility and Maintenance Requirements Revisions to core certification requirements, including degree, coursework, supervised fieldwork, continuing education, and ongoing supervision. March 2022 Newsletter
January 1, 2032 BCBA Eligibility Pathways Pathway 1, which requires a degree from an accredited university training program, will be the only eligibility pathway for BCBA certification. March 2022 Newsletter