What is BCBA and BCBA-D?

BCBA stands for Board Certified Behavior Analyst and BCBA-D stands for Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral Level. In order to obtain the certifications, an individual will have to meet a set of requirements created by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). BACB was orginally formed in 1998 and it is a credentialing body for the field of behavior analysis. You can think of it as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the accounting field. BCBA is equivalent to that but in the ABA field. Although competenecies and exprtises vary among BCBAs, the certification informs you that this person has at least 1500 clinical hours in applying ABA concepts and strategies. Thus, when parents are looking for an ABA and autism service provider, it is a must to ensure that the organiztion has at least one BCBA on the staff roster to oversee their therapy and programs.

What are the current requirements to become a BCBA-D and BCBA?

BCBA-D:

  • Doctorate degree in psychology, applied behavior analysis, education, or a related field.

  • Completed 1500 clinical hours.

  • Passed BCBA exam.

BCBA:

  • Master's degree in psychology, applied behavior analysis, education, or a related field.

  • Completed 1500 clinical hours.

  • Passed BCBA exam

Differences between BCBA and BCBA-D?

The responsibilities of BCBA and BCBA-D are the same:

  • Provide BCBA supervision.

  • Conduct Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA).

  • Conduct Functional Analysis (FA).

  • Develop and supervise implementation of behavior-analytic programs.

  • Monitor and modify behavior analytic programs.

  • Provide direct ABA services to students.

  • Understand, maintain and follow BACB ethical guidelines.

The main difference between BCBA and BCBA-D is their educational level. A BCBA-D must have a doctorate degree in ABA or related field. This usually implies that the person has a solid foundation and understandings of the basic ABA concepts & principles, and an experienced practitioner (most of the time) in working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

To learn more visit BACB.com

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