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If I want to become a BCaBA or a BCBA, what steps would I need to take?

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I currently work as a Behavioral Interventionist. Recently, I've grown an interest on maybe pursuing my graduate studies in Applied Behavior Analysis. What's the process to become a BCBA? How do you make your way up, etc? Thanks! #boardcertified #psychology #aba #behavior-analysis

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Hi Clifford!

So you want to pursue and further your education as a BCBA/BCaBA. This is a wonderful step in the right direction. Having the inclination to consider doing such is outstanding. First, you want to select the right university that is recognized and accredited. You would also want to make sure that the university you chose has a program specifically tailored in Applied Behavior Analysis. I read in your question area, that you are a Behavior Interventionist. Is this the same as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)? If so, then you are one step closer to becoming a BCaBA or BCBA. Once you enroll in the school that has the ABA program, it will be just a matter of time before you graduate with a Masters of Science Psychology ABA. You also have to have a certain number of "hours" documented and supervised by a certified BCBA or BCBA-D, that has to be turned in to the board. Here in Texas it's 1500 hours. Make sure you find all of that out before you jump in and enroll to make sure it is what you want to do. Being a ABA Professional is a life long commitment. Once you graduate, you must "SIT" for the BCaBA or BCBA exam. This exam is a tough one, and it is not cheap, so make sure that you study, study, and study again. I hope this is helpful for you! Good luck! Great Success!

Rachel

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