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ABA Programs: The Path to BCBA Certification

PCOM's ABA certificate program is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to obtain BCBA certification.Interested in becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)? PCOM offers an 18-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 Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

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 BACB’s requirements;
    achieved a passing grade (“C” or better in graded courses);
  • complete the BACB-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 BCaBA. A BCBA can practice without supervision but a BCaBA must have a certified supervisor (BCBA or BCBA-D).

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 BCBA requirements for the coursework necessary to sit for the BCBA exam.

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