The Path to BCBA® Certification
BCBA Exam Coursework Requirements
Interested in becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®)? PCOM offers an
21-credit online applied behavior analysis (ABA) certificate program designed to help working professionals complete the coursework required to sit for
the BCBA exam. Our curriculum provides students with comprehensive behavior assessment,
intervention and consultation skills, and meets the guidelines and task list items
established by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).
What are the requirements to become a BCBA?
There are several pathways to become a BCBA, but all require a degree, field experience
and passing the BCBA certification exam. Students in PCOM’s ABA certificate of advanced
graduate studies (CAGS) program can apply for BCBA certification via the behavior-analytic
coursework option. To obtain certification in this manner, applicants must:
- have earned a graduate degree (e.g., master’s or doctoral) in behavior analysis, education,
or psychology from a qualifying institution;
- completed graduate-level BCBA coursework at a qualifying institution that meets ABAI’s
- achieved a passing grade (“C” or better in graded courses)*;
- complete the ABAI-defined practical experience in applied behavior analysis; and pass
the certification exam.
- Students in PCOM’s ABA certificate of graduate studies (CGS) with a bachelor’s degree
may seek certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®). A BCBA can practice without supervision but a BCaBA must have a certified supervisor
(BCBA or Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral™ - BCBA-D®).
*Please note: PCOM requires students in the applied behavior analysis program to achieve a "B"
or better in graded courses.
What is the difference between a Registered Behavior Technician® and a BCBA?
A Registered Behavior Technician® (RBT®) is trained to implement interventions as
part of an applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy program. RBTs use these interventions
to teach social, communicative and other adaptive skills and to address challenging
behaviors. RBTs—under the supervision of a BCBA, BCBA-D or BCaBA—work with individuals
to provide support and ensure that newly learned behaviors can be applied outside
of therapy including home, school and community settings. RBT supervisors determine
which tasks the RBT may perform based on the technician’s training and experience.
The RBTs do not conduct behavioral assessments or design intervention plans.
PCOM’s applied behavior analysis program trains professionals to assess and support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
as well as other neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is trained to provide and supervise behavior
analysis services, including the work of RBTs. PCOM’s ABA program meets ABAI requirements
for the coursework necessary to sit for the BCBA exam.