There are two levels of certification:

Board Certified Behavior Analyst®
(BCBA ®)

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst®
(BCaBA ®)

What is the difference between BCBA and BCaBA?

The requirements to take the BCaBA® certification examination are lower than the requirements to take the BCBA® examination. The BACB® requires that a BCaBA® work under the supervision of a BCBA® and not independently. Some states adhere to this BACB® recommendation while others have different stipulations depending on the type of client and/or specific practices. Occupations and pay scale may vary and differ per agency and state.

What are the requirements for certification in behavior analysis?

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB) sets the requirements for certification and these requirements differ based on the level of certification sought. There are three basic requirements that must be met.

The three basic requirements for certification:

  • A Master’s degree approved by the BACB®
  • Acceptable graduate level coursework in behavior analysis covering the BCBA examination content areas
  • Supervised experience

For detailed descriptions of the levels of certification, requirements and more information, please visit the official website of the BACB® at http://www.bacb.com/.

The requirements for certification change periodically. The BACB® has published its 4th edition Task List and coursework requirements and the Florida Tech ABA Online Program is poised to respond! The FL Tech ABA Online Program is introducing new course sequences that meet the BACB® ‘s new 4th edition Task List instructional requirements.

Some Information About the New (4th edition Task List) BACB® Coursework Requirements BCBA Level:

  • 45 additional hours are required for certification (270 hours total)
  • Ethics credits must be taken as one or more stand alone course(s)
  • Tasks within the 4th edition Task List have been revised over the previous version

Our New BCBA Course Sequence:

  • Our new BACB® approved course sequence will be offered for the first time in the April 2013 term
  • All courses meet the new, 4th edition Task List BACB coursework requirement
  • Taking 3 credits per term, the sequence can be completed in six terms (approx. 18 months)

What Makes Our Program Special?

  • Unlike many other schools, FL Tech’s ABA Online Program offers 4 terms per year for each course, allowing you to complete the sequence quickly.
  • Terms begin in January, April, July, and October and students may begin the series in any of these terms.
  • Florida Tech offers a high tech instructional program with a human touch. Students meet face-to-face online with BCBA co-instructors weekly.
  • Instructional material is designed and sequenced to teach students the concepts, principles and procedures specified in the BACB® Task List so students are well prepared to take the board exams.
  • All credits completed with a grade of B or higher may be applied towards degree requirements for FL Tech’s new hybrid Master of Arts in Professional Behavioral Analysis.
  • Undergraduate students may begin accumulating credits toward our hybrid program.

What are the requirements for certification in behavior analysis?

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®) sets the requirements for certification and these requirements differ based on the level of certification sought. There are three basic requirements that must be met.

The three basic requirements for certification:

  • A Bachelor’s degree approved by the BACB®in any field from an accredited university
  • Approved or accepted courses in behavior analysis
  • Supervised experience

For detailed descriptions of the levels of certification, requirements and more information, please visit the official website of the BACB® at http://www.bacb.com/.

The requirements for certification change periodically. The BACB® has published its 4th edition Task List and coursework requirements and the Florida Tech ABA Online Program is poised to respond! The FL Tech ABA Online Program is introducing new course sequences that meet the 4th edition Task List instructional requirements specified by the BACB®.

Some Information About the New (4th edition Task List) BACB® Coursework Requirements BCaBA Level:

  • 45 additional hours are required for certification (180 hours total)
  • Tasks within the 4th edition Task List have been revised over the previous version

Our New BCaBA Course Sequence:

  • Our new BACB® approved course sequence will be offered for the first time in the April 2013 term
  • All courses meet the new, 4th edition Task List BACB® coursework requirements
  • Taking 3 credits per term, the sequence can be completed in 4 terms (approx. 12 months)

What Makes Our Program Special?

  • Unlike many other schools, ABA Online Program offers 4 terms per year for each course, allowing you to complete the sequence quickly.
  • Terms begin in January, April, July, and October and students may begin the series in any of these terms.
  • Florida Tech offers a high tech instructional program with a human touch. Students meet face-to-face online with BCBA co-instructors weekly.
  • Instructional material is designed and sequenced to teach students the concepts, principles and procedures specified in the BACB® Task List so students are well prepared to take the board exams.
  • All courses completed with a grade of B or higher may be applied towards degree requirements for FL Tech’s new hybrid Master of Arts in Professional Behavioral Analysis.
  • Undergraduate students may begin accumulating credits toward our hybrid program

What courses are offered?

Each course uses a highly structured, time-tested curriculum and tests developed by Dr. Martinez-Diaz. The curriculum thoroughly covers all of the items on the BACB® 4th Edition Task List, and entails fifteen to twenty hours of coursework per week. Each course is three months in length and need to be taken one at a time, in sequential order. 

To see a breakdown of the tasks covered in each of the courses, feel free to examine the Content Grid linked below.

The course sequence below is approved by the BACB® and meet the *4th edition task list instructional requirements for eligibility to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board exam.

5011—Foundations, Concepts and principles of Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

This graduate-level 45-hour course covers concepts, principles and processes derived from the experimental analysis of behavior, and how they relate to Applied Behavior Analysis. The present course covers Foundational Knowledge tasks from the fourth edition of the BACB®’s Behavior Analyst Task List© (BACB, 2010).

5012—Basic Elements of Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

This graduate-level 45-hour course covers philosophical foundations of behavior analysis, definitions and characteristics of applied behavior analysis (ABA), behavioral assessment, measurement of behavior, data display and interpretation and experimental design. The course also introduces the experimental evaluation of interventions.

5013—Developing, Strengthening and Maintaining Behavior (3 credits)

This graduate-level 45-hour course covers procedures for developing, strengthening and maintaining behavior. Also covered within these areas are the topics of assessment, behavior change systems, and supervision. The present course covers the tasks from the following Content Areas Client-Centered Responsibilities: I. (Assessment), J. (Intervention), K. (Implementation, Management and Supervision); Basic Behavior Analytic Skills: C. (Behavior Change Considerations), D. (Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change), F. (Behavior Change Systems) and E of the Fourth Edition of the BACB®’s Behavior Analyst Task List© (BACB, 2010).

5014—Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 credit)

This graduate-level 15-hour course introduces ethical and professional considerations relevant to the professional practice of applied behavior analysis as well as ethical and disciplinary standards of the profession. Although not exhaustive, the present course introduces the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts and the Disciplinary and Ethical Standards for Behavior Analysts. Emphasis will be placed upon ethical, and professional conduct and legal issues relevant to both BCaBA and BCBA level practitioners.

5015—Decreasing, Eliminating and replacing Problem Behavior (2 credits)

This graduate-level 30-hour course covers functional assessment (descriptive assessment and functional analysis) and function-based intervention procedures for addressing problem behavior. Emphasis is placed upon building alternative behavioral repertoires. Behavior change considerations discussed include unwanted side effects of various intervention strategies. The present course covers tasks from content areas: I (Assessment), J (Intervention), D (Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change), E (Specific Behavior Change Procedures), and C (Behavior Change Considerations) from the Fourth Edition of the BACB®’s Behavior Analyst Task List© (BACB, 2010).

5016—Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)

This graduate-level 30-hour course expands upon ethical and professional issues introduced in BEHP5014. Emphasis will be placed upon ethical, professional and conduct issues relevant to BCBA level practitioners and supervisors. The present course covers topics from the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analyst and BACB Disciplinary and Ethical Standards.

5017—Targeted Topics in Behavior Analysis (1 credit)

This graduate-level 15-hour course covers special topics in all content areas of behavior analysis, as needed for independent behavior analysis practitioner. Topics will vary but may include, Introduction to “Supervision in Behavior Analysis” (sample content provided below), “Introduction to Organizational Behavior Management” and courses on other areas of behavior analysis. The present course covers tasks from various content areas from the Fourth Edition of the BACB®’s Behavior Analyst Task List© (BACB, 2010). 

5018—Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

This graduate-level 45-hour course covers advanced topics in several content areas of behavior analysis, for independent behavior analysis practitioners. The present course covers various tasks from content areas A (Measurement), H (Measurement), B (Experimental Design), C (Behavior Change Considerations), F (Behavior Change Systems), and K (Implementation, Management and Supervision) from the Fourth Edition of the BACB®’s Behavior Analyst Task List© (BACB, 2010).

Bridge Courses*

Q: What If I complete the Old course sequence (BCaBA or BCBA), but do not complete the other requirements by the final administration of the old (3rd edition) exam offered in November 2014?

A*: You will be subject to the new (4th edition) requirements and will need to take additional course work to meet the new requirements. FL Tech will be offering bridge courses for those students who completed the Old course sequence (BCBA or BCaBA), but are now needing to meet the new instructional requirements. These courses will consist of additional ethics credits as outlined by the BACB requirements and additional content hours from the 4th edition BACB Task List.

For those who have COMPLETED The 3rd edition FL Tech ABA Online BCaBA or BCBA course sequence, but need to meet the new certification requirements at the level previously completed will need to take the courses listed below to “bridge the gap.” Note that the Ethics courses will be offered in April 2014 for these individuals... and the bridge course (5019), which availability is to be determined.

Bridge the Gap Courses (BCaBA level to BCaBA level or BCBA level to BCBA level)

  • BEHP 5014: Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 Credit) –BCaBA & BCBA (offered April 2014)
  • BEHP 5016: Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)-BCBA only (offered April 2014)
  • BEHP 5019: New Behavior Analysis Tasks to Master (3 credits) –BCaBA & BCBA (TBA)
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Q: What if I successfully completed BEHP 5000-5002 in preparation for my BCaBA under the 3rd edition requirements and plan to eventually complete the BACB requirements to become a BCBA?

A: Those individuals who complete the Old BCaBA course sequence under the 3rd edition requirements and will need to meet the 4th edition requirements for their BCBA will have two options.

Option 1*

Options 1 requires taking 12 credits across 4 terms consisting of the following courses:

  • BEHP 5003 Advanced Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • BEHP 5004 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • BEHP 5014: Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 Credit) –BCaBA & BCBA
  • BEHP 5016: Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)
  • BEHP 5019: New Behavior Analysis Tasks to Master (3 credits)

*BEHP 5003 and 5004 of the Old course sequence are in the process of being phased out so this is a time-limited option. BEHP 5003 will be offered for the last time in October of 2013 and BEHP 5004 will be offered for the last time in January of 2014.

BEHP 5014 and 5015 will be offered in April 2014 and BEHP 5019 (dates to be announced)

Option 2- BCaBA to BCBA Bridge Option

Options 2 requires taking 12 credits across 4 terms consisting of the following courses:

  • 5013 Developing, Strengthening and Maintaining Behavior (3 credits)
  • 5014 Introduction to ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 credit)
  • 5015 Decreasing, Eliminating and replacing Problem Behavior (2 credits)
  • 5016 Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)
  • 5017 targeted topics in Behavior Analysis (1 credit)
  • 5018 Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

BEHP 5013 will be offered starting in the Oct 2013 term.