BCBA & BCABA Supervision


Neveen Zaki is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with extensive experience in Applied Behavior Analysis and developmental disorders.Neveen provides supervision for individuals seeking Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA) or Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credentials.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

BCBA is an individual who has obtained a graduate degree, completed behavior analytic coursework and supervised experience, and has passed an examination administered by Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

A BCBA is an independent practitioner who;
- conducts functional assessment and analyses, and provides Behavior  analytic interpretations of the results.
- designs and supervises Behavior analytic interventions, and is able to effectively develop and implement appropriate assessment and intervention methods for use in unfamiliar situations and for a range of individuals
- teaches others to carry out ethical and effective Behavior analytic interventions based on published research and designs
- supervises the work of others who implement Behavior  analytic interventions

Requirements for BCBA Certification -A Masters or higher degree from an accredited University
-Approved graduate behavior analytic coursework (225 classroom hours)
-Completion of a specified number of hours of supervised experience that meet the BACB requirements (1500 hours)

Requirements for BCABA Certification
-A Bachelor degree from an accredited University
-Approved graduate behavior analytic coursework (135 classroom hours)
-Completion of a specified number of hours of supervised experience that meet the BACB requirements (1000 hours)

Individuals who are BCABA may deliver behaviour analytic intervention and assist with program design but may not independently design, direct, and guide Behavior analytic programming for individuals with autism (Autism SIG).

Behavior Anlayst Certification Board (BACB) strongly recommends that a BCABA practices under the supervision of a BCBA.

Approved Activities:

The current definition of Approved Activities specifies that individuals pursuing certification should spend their time on activities that are Behavior-analytic in nature (per Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968) and are related to the current version of the Task List.

The revised section (below) now includes additional guidance on the scope of experience and specifies that the supervisor will determine whether activities are appropriate. This revision should provide greater clarity regarding the focus of the experience requirement. In addition, direct implementation of Behavioral programs may not count for more than 50% of the accrued experience hours.

Supervisees are strongly encouraged to have multiple experiences (e.g., sites, populations) with multiple supervisors and from each of the activity areas below.

Conducting assessments related to the need for Behavioral intervention (e.g., stimulus preference assessment, functional assessment, staff performance assessment).

Designing, implementing, and systematically monitoring skill- acquisition and Behavior -reduction programs;

Overseeing the implementation of Behavior-analytic programs by others; Training, designing Behavioral systems, and performance management;

Other activities normally performed by a Behavior  analyst that are directly related to Behavior analysis such as attending planning meetings regarding the Behavior analytic program, researching the literature related to the program, and talking to individuals about the program.

Examples of activities that will not count as experience include:

· Attending meetings with little or no Behavior -analytic content
·  Providing interventions that are not based in Behavior analysis
·  Performing non-Behavioral administrative activities
·  Completing non-Behavioral assessments (e.g., diagnostic assessments, intellectual assessments), paperwork, documentation, billing, or any other activities that are not directly related to Behavior analysis.