What is BCBA and BCBA-D
BCBA stands for Board Certified Behavior Analyst and BCBA-D stands for Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral Level. In order to obtain the certifications, an individual will have to meet a set of requirements created by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). BACB was originally formed in 1998 and it is a credentialing body for the field of behavior analysis. You can think of it as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the accounting field. BCBA is equivalent to that but in the ABA field. Although competencies and expertise vary among BCBAs, the certification informs you that this person has at least 1500 clinical hours in applying ABA concepts and strategies. Thus, when parents are looking for an ABA and autism service provider, it is a must to ensure that the organization has at least one BCBA on the staff roster to oversee their therapy and programs.