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What does B.C.B.A. stand for?

BCBA® is the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB®) registered trademark. Their official website is

Okay... so what does it stand for?

In ABA, we love acronyms, and BCBA® is a pretty important one-- as it stands for "Board Certified Behavior Analyst." The acronym is registered with the BACB, this is why you see the ® symbol. Here is a link to the BACBs ® guidelines for the use of BCBA®

A BCBA® is a professional specializing in behavior analysis. BCBAs® are practitioners trained in behavior science and utilize principles and techniques to assess, design, implement, and evaluate behavior change interventions generally through applied behavior analysis. They work across various settings, such as schools, clinics, homes, and organizations, to support individuals with behavioral challenges and promote positive behavior change.

How to become a BCBA?

To become a BCBA®, individuals must meet specific educational and experience requirements set by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®--the link at the beginning of this article will take you to their official website. Becoming a BCBA® typically involves earning a graduate degree in behavior analysis or a related field, completing supervised experience hours, and passing the BCBA® certification examination. Dr. Shelby Dorsey,'s founder is an avid advocate for high-quality supervised fieldwork hours (you can email her at if you have any questions.

What do BCBAs® do for work?

Commonly, BCBAs® conduct functional behavior assessments, develop behavior intervention plans, and provide behavior analytic services to a large variety of clientele. They collaborate with businesses, families, educators, and other professionals to create individualized treatment plans, monitor progress, and make data-driven decisions. BCBAs ® are required to adhere to ethical guidelines set forth by the BACB® and ensure the well-being and rights of their clients.

Overall, a BCBA®is a highly trained and skilled professional in behavior analysis who plays a critical role in supporting individuals and organizations with environmental behavior changes and improving quality of life.

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