As Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), our supervisors must complete rigorous requirements that include completing prescribed educational units, experiencing hand-on hours with clients, and passing a national exam as detailed at www.bcba.com.
A BCBA must have at least a master’s degree along with 225 classroom hours of graduate level instruction as specified:
- Ethical considerations - 15 hours
- Definition & characteristics and Principles, processes & concepts - 45 hours
- Behavioral assessment and Selecting intervention outcomes & strategies - 35 hours
- Experimental evaluation of interventions - 20 hours
- Measurement of behavior and Displaying & interpreting behavioral data - 20 hours
- Behavior change procedures and Systems support - 45 hours
- Discretionary behavior-analytic content - 45 hours
A BCBA must complete one or a combination of the following:
- 1500 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork in behavior analysis.
- 1000 hours of Practicum in behavior analysis within a university practicum program approved by the BCBA and taken for graduate academic credit, with a passing grade;
- 750 hours of Intensive Practicum in behavior analysis within a university practicum program approved by the BCBA and taken for graduate academic credit, with a passing grade.
The national examination includes approximately 150 questions in a variety of prescribed areas.
To maintain certification, a BCBA must complete 36 hours of approved continuing education every 3 years.
Project HOPE Foundation:
We believe that training is an ongoing process. Our BCBA supervisors meet weekly, providing opportunities to learn through discussion, article review, and collaboration problem-solving.