Behavior Analyst Certification
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) created the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credentials to meet the “professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services.” (BACB). Becoming a certified Behavior Analyst means you have demonstrated a thorough knowledge and expertise in behavior analysis skills and principles, including conducting behavior assessments and formulating analytic interventions, as well as the ethics of behavior analysis. Both certifications have been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.
Once practitioners meet the qualifications established by the BACB, they become eligible to sit for the certification exam. This exam includes approximately 150 multiple choice questions and tests individuals’ knowledge of the core content areas taught in UC’s online Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis and Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis. As of late 2011, there are more than 10,000 certificants worldwide.
Completing UC’s online Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate can assist individuals who already have a master’s degree in a related area such as psychology or special education meet the education requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. For students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field, completing UC’s online Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis program fulfills both the coursework and degree requirements needed to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. With both options, though, individuals will also need to complete the supervised experience requirements prior to taking the exam.
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