Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® Certificate

What can a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® do?

"The BCaBA conducts descriptive behavioral assessments and is able to interpret the results and design ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions for clients. The BCaBA designs and oversees interventions in familiar cases (e.g., similar to those encountered during their training) that are consistent with the dimensions of applied behavior analysis. The BCaBA obtains technical direction from a BCBA for unfamiliar situations. The BCaBA is able to teach others to carry out interventions once the BCaBA has demonstrated competency with the procedures involved under the direct supervision of a BCBA. The BCaBA may assist a BCBA with the design and delivery of introductory level instruction in behavior analysis. It is mandatory that each BCaBA practice under the supervision of a BCBA.Governmental entities, third-party insurance plans and others utilizing BCaBAs must require this supervision." -- Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Locations offered: Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri

The Board Certified Assistant 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 Assistant Behavior Analyst® (Job Code: 19-3039..00) click here.


Requirements for the BCaBA® 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 admissions@forest.edu if you have questions.


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

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. 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 are required.

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