The Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is a 27-credit, nine-course sequence for individuals wish to pursue additional coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved this course sequence as meeting the course work requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® exam. (Applicants for the BCBA® exam will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.)
The undergraduate five-course sequence is integrated within the Applied Psychology BS degree program. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved this course sequence as meeting the course work requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® exam. (Applicants for the BCaBA® exam will have to meet additional requirements to qualify
Oregon Tech and Southern Oregon University have joined to offer a Masters degree in Education. This program combines Oregon Tech’s Graduate Certificate in ABA with SOU’s ASD course work leading to a Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed.) with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The College of Education School Psychology Program now has a pre-approved course sequence for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. This course sequence is only available to current psychology students but plans are in the works to expand this as a hybrid program.
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst program in Portland State University’s Department of Special Education is a 29 quarter-credit fully online program that expertly prepares program participants with content derived from the fourth edition of the Behavior Analyst Task List. In addition, the program includes a number of added curricular areas of focus, including an explicit emphasis on the combined use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Telehealth/Technology Supports. (Applicants for the BCBA® exam will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.)
To register as a Behavior Analysis Interventionist in Oregon, you must have a high school diploma and complete 40 hours of professional training that follows the state’s Interventionist ABA Knowledge and Skills List (scroll down to p. 6). The training must be conducted by a licensed behavior analyst or other qualified health provider. You may complete this training online (such as via an RBT training series) or in person (such as at a local community college or at an ABA service agency.) There aren’t currently any professional programs offered specifically targeting the Oregon task list but check back here soon for information on an upcoming in-person course series. In the meantime, trainings that target the RBT task list will also meet the Oregon list.
The BACB says, “There are several ways to locate an RBT training program. Many agencies elect to design and conduct their training in-house, and the training is provided to new hires. There are several companies that have developed live or online courses in which anyone can enroll. Or, the candidate’s supervisor can develop and administer a training. University coursework in ABA may qualify only if it meets all of the RBT training requirements and the instructor provides a training certificate. Many programs are embedding this training within their courses and offering training certificates for use toward RBT applications.”
Check the BACB website for the most current information on RBT requirements, which will also fulfill the training requirement for state licensure as an interventionist. As of December 14, 2015, the BACB requires that you pass an Registered Behavior Technician exam based on the RBT Task List.
ORABA is a BACB-approved ACE provider and offers CEUs at each quarterly meeting workshop at $10/CEU, payable at the workshop with a check or credit/debit card. Past CEU topics include compulsive behavior and anxiety in autism, using behavior analytic principles to address bedtime resistance, transitioning adults with developmental disabilities into community-based employment, and best practices in BCBA/BCaBA supervision. ORABA is happy to offer two free CEUs per year to active members.
“The institutions listed on this page offer Approved Course Sequences and/or Approved Experience applicable toward BACB eligibility requirements. Other university training may meet BACB eligibility requirements.” Includes a search function by on-campus, distance and hybrid.
There are many companies currently offering the 40-hour training required for RBT eligibility, which will also meet the requirements for state registration as an interventionist. Make sure that the provider you choose meets the BACB’s training provider requirements.
There are many companies offering online CEUs on almost any ABA-related topic. The BACB maintains a searchable list of just some of the workshops available.