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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  • Valerie says:

    Hi! I am currently a school psych but did not receive my degree from UC. I would like the certificate for BCBA. Do my credits still count where i would only need supervised experience?

  • Currently, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board has three requirements: that you have a Master’s degree in a field they deem related, that you take the BACB certification coursework from a school that has been approved by them, and that you complete their field experience requirement once you start taking the certification coursework somewhere. Therefore, unless your Master’s degree included the certification coursework from a school that was approved by the Board, you would need the certification coursework in addition to your current Master’s degree. Please know that we do not accept transfer credit for the certification coursework, as we cannot say for sure that the combination of our coursework with another program’s coursework will meet the Board’s content areas for the number of hours that they require. However, they do have alternative methods for becoming certified, so please feel free to reach out us for further assistance. We can be reached at 877-398-3059.