Board Certified Behavior Analyst® Certificate

What can a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® do?

"The Board Certified Behavior Analyst is an independent practitioner who also may work as an employee or independent contractor for an organization. The BCBA conducts descriptive and systematic (e.g., analogue) behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provides behavior analytic interpretations of the results. The BCBA designs and supervises behavior analytic interventions. The BCBA is able to effectively develop and implement appropriate assessment and intervention methods for use in unfamiliar situations and for a range of cases. The BCBA seeks the consultation of more experienced practitioners when necessary. The BCBA teaches others to carry out ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions based on published research and designs and delivers instruction in behavior analysis. BCBAs supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts and others who implement behavior analytic interventions." -- Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Locations offered: Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® certificate program can fit into almost any schedule and is designed for both working professionals and full-time students. Students should work closely with their advisor and the program director to be sure the degree meets their career goals and licensing requirements for the state in which they wish to practice. To view more information, including salary scales for a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (Job Code: 19-3039..00) click here.


Requirements for the BCBA® Certificate Program

Before completion and submission of the application, please read the following requirements thoroughly. Contact the Forest Admissions Office at 800-424-7793 or if you have questions.

Specific requirements for the admission into the BCBA certificate program include:

  • A master's degree in education or psychology from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better on a 4.0 scale. Applicants without the required GPA are considered on a highly selective basis and are invited to address this issue in their personal statement

The application packet consists of a completed application form and a non-refundable application fee of $50, in addition to the following:

  1. Personal Essay
    Through the personal statement much is learned about the candidate, including his/her interests, goals, character and fitness for the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Forest. Personal statements should be no more than two pages and include professional goals and purposes for specifically pursuing this degree. The personal statement should reflect the applicant's commitment to ABA as a research-based discipline. Please use 1-inch margins, double spacing and Courier New or Times New Roman 12 pt. font. The applicant may provide any additional information that would benefit the Admissions Committee in determining acceptance into the program.
  2. Vitae/Resume
    List other activities since high school, including military service, that are relevant to professional goals.
  3. Official Transcripts
    Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work, including part-time and summer sessions, mailed directly from all institutions attended since secondary school.
  4. Three Professional Recommendations
    College professors, supervisors, or others who have known the candidate for one year or longer and who have evaluated the candidate's personal, professional, and academic qualifications should be contacted to complete the Professional Recommendation Form. At least three professional recommendations.

Applications for admission are available from the Office of Admissions and on-line, and should be submitted either in person, by mail, by fax or electronically through the web site. Because those accepted into the program will render services to the public, Forest routinely performs a personal background check on all incoming students, following written consent.

Download a copy of the Professional Recommendation Form