Board Certified Behavior Analyst, or BCBA, is a person who has earned a graduate level certification in behavior analysis. BCBAs adhere to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) code of ethics, and the specifications required for maintaining their credentials. Moving onward, let’s refer to the BACB as the Board, so as to not have too many acronyms flying around here.
BCBAs are individuals who can provide behavior analytic services, and supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT).
I apologize in advance for introducing yet another acronym, but the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is full of them. An article written by Baer, Wolf, & Risley in 1968, describes ABA as follows: Applied Behavior Analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior.
According the Board, a BCBA is a practitioner who can provide the following services: