BCBA/BCaBA Supervision

What Is a BCBA, BCBA-D, or BCaBA?

*WE ARE CURRENTLY ONLY ACCEPTING APPLICANTS LOOKING BCBA SUPERVISION NOT BCaBA SUPERVISION.

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral Level (BCBA-D), and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) are individuals who:

  • Belong to a professional association, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), which has defined ethics and requirements to continue their education in the field of behavior analysis;
  • Provide descriptive assessments and functional analyses, and consultation in the development of teaching programs and behavior management programs in public or private settings;
  • Have passed a national examination in applied behavior analysis reflecting a mastery of how to apply the principles of learning to changing human behavior;
  • Have been supervised by a qualified BCBA for a required amount of time prior to taking the examination;
  • Have completed required university courses and training in the theory and techniques of ABA; at the Master’s level for BCBA, the Doctoral level for BCBA-D, and the Bachelor’s level for BCaBA.
  • Usually have background in a helping profession such as psychology or special education.

Please refer to the BACB website for a complete description of the requirements for becoming a BCBA, BCBA-D, or BCaBA. It is required that the BCaBA practice under the supervision of a BCBA or BCBA-D.

Supervision Of Individuals Seeking Certification as a BCBA or BCaBA At ABA Learning Centre

For students who have begun their coursework required to meet the BACB coursework requirements, ABA Learning Centre may be able to provide the Supervised Independent Fieldwork (please contact us for current availability of supervision).

The requirement for BCaBA includes:

  • 1000 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork.
  • Minimum of 10 hours per week of supervised work, and a maximum of 30 hours per week of supervised work (which can be counted towards certification).
  • Supervision for at least 5% of the supervised work during each 2 week supervision period. E.g., if during a 2 week period you work for 20 hours providing behaviour analytic services, you must receive 1 hour of supervision during that 2 week period.

The requirement for BCBA includes:

  • 1500 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork.
  • Minimum of 10 hours per week of supervised work, and a maximum of 30 hours per week of supervised work (which can be counted towards certification).
  • Supervision for at least 5% of the supervised work during each 2 week supervision period. E.g., if during a 2 week period you work for 20 hours providing behaviour analytic services, you must receive 1 hour of supervision during that 2 week period.

Both the supervisor and the candidate must adhere to the BCBA Guidelines for Responsible Conduct. The candidate must be observed engaging in behaviour analysis in natural settings, and work with multiple clients. If multiple candidates are being supervised, a portion of their supervision will involve meeting in small groups (i.e., no greater than 10 people) and sharing video with feedback and instruction, as well as reviewing relevant behaviour analytic literature. The group setting will provide opportunity to develop some skills desirable for candidates who choose to work with families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Up to 50% of supervision during any given supervisory period (i.e., 2 weeks) may be obtained though group supervision. Please note that during each 2 week supervision period a minimum of 50% of the supervision time must be individual supervision. For further details regarding appropriate activities, appropriate clients, supervisor qualifications, and other supervisory issues please review the Experience Standards on the BACB website.