National Credential
Credential: Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

The BACB Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) is an intermediate-level certification for professionals who conduct behavioral analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCaBA-level practice under the direction and supervision of someone certified at the BCBA/BCBA-D level. BCaBAs can supervise the work of Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 1B Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) Level I ASI some          
Enlisted 1H Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) Level II ASI some          
Enlisted 1S Suicide Intervention Trainer ASI some          
Enlisted 68X Behavioral Health Specialist MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1000 hours
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
7950 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO  80127
Phone: 720-438-4321
Contact Page

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)

Candidates for the BCaBA must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree may be in any discipline.

Candidates for the BCaBA must meet one of three education/training and/or experience categories:

Option 1: Supervised Independent Fieldwork 

    • Hours of Experience - 1000 hours
    • Length of Supervisory Period - 2 weeks
    • Minimum # of Contacts per Supervisory Period - 1 contact
    • Minimum Amount of Supervision per Supervisory Period - 5% of total hours

Option 2: Practicum 

    • Hours of Experience - 670 hours
    • Length of Supervisory Period - 1 week
    • Minimum # of Contacts per Supervisory Period - 1 contact
    • Minimum Amount of Supervision per Supervisory Period - 7.5% of total hours
    • Course Grade - official documentation reflects a passing grade (C or better) in all experience courses

Option 3: Intensive Practicum

    • Hours of Experience - 500 hours
    • Length of Supervisory Period - 1 week
    • Minimum # of Contacts per Supervisory Period - 2 contacts
    • Minimum Amount of Supervision per Supervisory Period - 10% of total hours
    • Course Grade - official documentation reflects a passing grade (C or better) in all experience courses

Candidates for the BCaBA must complete relevant coursework as determined by BACB. For more information, see the BCaBA Requirements page.

The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • BCaBAs must have at least one BCBA or BCBA-D supervisor.

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)

  • Basic Behavior-Analytic Skills
    • Measurement
    • Experimental Design
    • Behavior-Change Considerations
    • Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change
    • Specific Behavior-Change Procedures
    • Behavior-Change Systems
  • Client-Centered Responsibilities
    • Identification of the Problem
    • Measurement
    • Assessment
    • Intervention
    • Implementation, Management, and Supervision
  • Foundational Knowledge Accompanying the BACB Fourth Edition Task List
    • Explain and Behave in Accordance with the Philosophical Assumptions of Behavior Analysis:
      Lawfulness of behavior
      Selectionism (phylogenic, ontogenic, cultural)
      Determinism
      Empiricism
      Parsimony
      Pragmatism
      Environmental (as opposed to mentalistic) explanations of behavior
      Distinguish between radical and methodological behaviorism
      Distinguish between the conceptual analysis of behavior, experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis, and behavioral service delivery

    • Define and Provide Examples of:
      Behavior, Response, Response Class
      Environment, Stimulus, Stimulus Class
      Stimulus Equivalence
      Reflexive Relations (US-UR)
      Respondent Conditioning (CS-CR)
      Operant Conditioning
      Respondent-Operant Interactions
      Unconditioned Reinforcement
      Conditioned Reinforcement
      Unconditioned Punishment
      Conditioned Punishment
      Schedules Of Reinforcement And Punishment
      Extinction
      Automatic Reinforcement And Punishment
      Stimulus Control
      Multiple Functions Of A Single Stimulus
      Unconditioned Motivating Operations
      Conditioned Motivating Operations
      Transitive, Reflexive, Surrogate Motivating Operations
      Distinguish Between The Discriminative Stimulus and the Motivating Operation
      Distinguish Between Motivating Operation and Reinforcement Effects
      Behavioral Contingencies
      Contiguity
      Functional Relations
      Conditional Discriminations
      Stimulus Discrimination
      Response Generalization
      Stimulus Generalization
      Behavioral Contrast
      Behavioral Momentum
      Matching Law
      Contingency-Shaped Behavior
      Rule-Governed Behavior

    • Distinguish between the Verbal Operants:
      Echoics
      Mands
      Tacts
      Intraverbals

    • Measurement Concepts:
      Identify the measurable dimensions of behavior (e.g., rate, duration, latency, interresponse time).
      State the advantages and disadvantages of using continuous measurement procedures and discontinuous measurement procedures (e.g., partial- and whole-interval recording, momentary time sampling).

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) testing process, visit the agency website.

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • BCaBAs are required to recertify every three (3) years by acquiring continuing education units and complying with the BACB’s ethics requirements. BACB provides more information about Maintaining BCaBA Certification.