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Applied Behavior Analysis, Continuing Ed. Announcements

New Requirements Listed in BACB's NewsletterNew Requirements Listed in BACB's Newsletter

This recent exerpt is from the BACB February 2013 Newsletter


Degrees must be conferred by (Effective immediately)

A United States institution of higher education listed in the CHEA Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited by Recognized U.S. Accrediting Organizations ; OR

A Canadian institution of higher education that is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada or the Association of Canadian Community Colleges ; OR

An institution of higher education located outside the United States or Canada that, at the time the applicant was enrolled and at the time the applicant graduated, maintained a standard of training equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions accredited in the United States as demonstrated by World Education Services or by a member of the National Association of  Credential Evaluation Services.


Degree Eligibility Requirements

There will be two changes to the degree eligibility requirement. First, the requirement will no longer apply to applicants for the BCaBA examination. The BCaBA degree requirement will be revised as follows and is effective immediately:

The second change is that the degree requirement for the BCBA examination will be further restricted, as follows:

New BCaBA Degree Requirement

Possession of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

New BCBA Degree Requirement

Possesion of a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited university that was (a) conferred in behavior analysis, education, or psychology, or (b) conferred in a degree program in which the candidate completed a BACB approved course sequence.


New BCBA-D Requirements

The key Stage 2 requirements require that an individual:

A. Is actively certified as a BCBA; AND

B. Has earned a doctoral degree from a graduate program accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International; OR

C. Has earned a doctoral degree from an accredited university in which he or she conducted a behavior-analytic dissertation (including at least 1 experiment); AND passed at least 2 behavior analysis courses as part of the doctoral program of study; AND met all BCBA coursework requirements prior to receiving the doctoral degree.


New Continuing Education Requirements

All of the changes to continuing education requirements will take effect for each certificant for the first recertification cycle that begins after December 31, 2014.

1. The recertification cycle will be changed from 3 to 2 years. With this change, certificants will renew and recertify in alternate years.

2. The number of required continuing education credits per 2-year recertification cycle will be 32 for BCBAs/BCBA-Ds and 20 for BCaBAs. These changes represent 33% and 25% increases in continuing education hours for BCBAs/BCBA-Ds and BCaBAs, respectively.

3. The ethics and professional behavior category will be restricted to ethics content only and all certificants will need to obtain 4 hours per cycle from this category. It should be noted that BCBAs/BCBA-Ds who wish to supervise individuals pursuing BACB certification or the ongoing practice of BCaBAs will also need obtain 3 hours of continuing education per recertification cycle as part of the 32-hour requirement.

4. A new category of continuing education activities (CE Type 7) has been added to reflect the learning that occurs in scholarly activities such as the publication of journal articles and editorial reviews (see revised continuing education table on following page)