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, 2022 BCBA and BCaBA
Requirements
Revisions to certification requirements, including degree, coursework, fieldwork, ethics, and examinations. January 2017 Newsletter
October 2017 Newsletter
October 2018 Newsletter
December 2020 Newsletter
RBT Ethics
Requirements
Revisions to RBT ethics requirements. July 2021 Newsletter
January 1, 2023 Certification Application Jurisdiction Only individuals who reside in the United States, Canada, Australia, or the United Kingdom may apply for BACB certification. Recent Changes to the BACB’s International Focus
December 2019 announcement
January 1, 2023 BACB Examinations Only individuals who reside in the United States, Canada, Australia, or the United Kingdom may take a BACB 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
January 1, 2027 BCBA Eligibility and Maintenance Requirements Revisions to core certification requirements, including degree, coursework, supervised fieldwork, continuing education, and ongoing supervision. 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