How to become a board certified behavior analyst

5 Steps to Become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

There is an increasing demand for Board Certified Behavior Analysts in the cross disciplinary fields of education, psychology and other helping professions. Professionals in applied behavior analysis engage in the specific and comprehensive use of principles of learning to address the behavioral needs of widely varying individuals in diverse settings.

In order to become a board certified behavior analyst, you must complete the following steps:

1. Complete a master’s degree in behavior analysis or other natural science, education, human services, engineering, medicine or a field related to behavior analysis and approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) from any of the following:

  • U.S. institution of higher education listed in the CHEA Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited by Recognized U.S. Accrediting Organizations
  • 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
  • An institution of higher education located outside the U.S. 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 U.S. as demonstrated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

2. Complete 225 classroom hours of graduate level instruction in the following content areas:

  • 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

3. Complete 1500 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork in behavior analysis.

4. Complete 1000 hours of Practicum in behavior analysis within a university practicum program approved by the BACB and taken for graduate academic credit.

5. Complete 750 hours of Intensive Practicum in behavior analysis within a university practicum program approved by the BACB and taken for graduate academic credit.