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The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) provides standards and processes for behavior analysis credentials. The credentials are as follows:
- Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
- Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst — Doctoral (BCBA-D)
Select the buttons below to visit the BACB’s website and read the “About the Credential” header for each of the certification types.
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Registered Behavior Technician
RBTs implement behavioral programs that are designed by behavior analysts and receive ongoing supervision. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to decide which programs the RBT may implement, based on experience and training. The RBT also has a responsible certificant who ensures that the RBT receives ongoing supervision by a BCaBA or BCBA. The responsible certificant and the supervisor are not necessarily the same person.
Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
BCaBA is a behavior analyst who works under the supervision of a BCBA. While they do not practice independent from a BCBA, BCaBAs may be referred to as behavior analysts and supervise the work of RBTs.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BCBAs work as independent practitioners who supervise the work of RBTs and BCaBAs. This means that a BCBA is credentialed to oversee the behavior analysis services provided by an agency or provide these services independently in a private practice or small business.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst — Doctoral
The BCBA-D is a designation of the BCBA credential. It signifies an advanced degree, but does not have privileges beyond the BCBA.
|RBT||BCaBA||BCBA / BCBA-D|
|EDUCATION||High school diploma||College degree||Master's degree / Doctoral degree|
|OBTAINING THE CREDENTIAL||40-hour training, criminal background check, pass the RBT competency assessment, pass the RBT exam||Required coursework, supervised practical experience, and pass exam||Required coursework, supervised practical experience, and pass exam|
|MAINTAINING THE CREDENTIAL||Re-take competency assessment each year, complete a renewal, receive ongoing supervision, maintain ethical standards||Obtain 20 hours of continuing education credits and maintain ethical standards||Obtain 32 hours of continuing education credits and maintain ethical standards|
|SUPERVISION||Receives on going supervision by BCaBA or BCBA||Receives ongoing supervision by BCBA and provides supervision to RBT||Provides pre-certification and ongoing supervision to BCaBAs and RBTs|
|EXAMPLE JOB REQUIREMENTS||Implement behavioral program in a classroom||Develop behavioral programs and conduct assessments under supervision of BCBA and train RBTs in their implementation||Oversee the delivery of ABA services, develop programs, and conduct assessments|
|ADVANTAGES OVER OTHER CREDENTIALS||Knows the client more personally than anyone else, may have the best relationship with the client and the client's family||May do most of what a BCBA does without the burden of supervising its implementation||May work for self or start a small business|