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BCBA® CEU Requirements 2023: A Comprehensive Guide

As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) with over 12 years of experience and creator of over 200 hours of content with some of the world's best behavior analysts, including Patrick C. Friman, Steven C. Hayes, Gregory P. Hanley, and many more, I am well-positioned to guide you through the BCBA® CEU requirements for 2023.

Guide to BCBA Requirements

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals certified at the BCBA® level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. They may supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts® (BCaBA®s), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT®s), and other professionals who implement behavior-analytic services.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®) has been the leader in behavior analyst certification for over two decades. The BACB® is a nonprofit corporation that was established in 1998 to meet professional certification needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior-analytic services. The BACB®’s mission is to protect consumers of behavior-analytic services by systematically establishing, promoting, and disseminating professional standards of practice.

BCBA® certification shows that you have met certain requirements that are critical in providing and overseeing behavior-analytic services. It provides increased consumer protection since you must meet certain eligibility and maintenance requirements to obtain and maintain certification. BCBA® certification makes it easier for employers, funders, and consumers, among others, to verify that you have certain knowledge, skills, and abilities and are not under disciplinary sanctions.

CEU Requirements  For BCBA Certification

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are a crucial part of maintaining your BCBA® certification. The BACB® has set specific CEU requirements for BCBA®s to ensure that they continue to expand their knowledge and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field.

According to the BCBA® Handbook at, BCBA®s are required to obtain a certain number of CEUs during each recertification cycle. This is a high-level overview of becoming a BCBA®, and for more detailed information, you should refer to the BCBA® Handbook.

BCBA CEU Requirements Explained

The CEU requirements for BCBA®s are designed to ensure that certified professionals continue their education and stay informed about the latest research, techniques, and ethical guidelines in the field of behavior analysis. This ongoing learning helps BCBA®s provide the best possible services to their clients.

Billable Hours and CEUs

It's important to understand that billable hours and CEUs are not the same. Billable hours refer to the time spent providing direct services to clients, which can be billed to a client or insurance company. These hours are part of your regular work responsibilities as a BCBA®.

On the other hand, CEUs are earned through participating in approved educational activities outside of your regular work responsibilities. These activities are designed to expand your knowledge and skills in the field of behavior analysis. They include attending workshops, seminars, conferences, or completing online courses related to behavior analysis.

In conclusion, maintaining your BCBA® certification requires a commitment to ongoing learning. The BCBA® CEU requirements ensure that you stay informed about the latest developments in the field and continue to provide high-quality services to your clients. As a BCBA®, your dedication to continuing education demonstrates your professionalism and commitment to your clients and the field of behavior analysis.

For more detailed information about the BCBA® CEU requirements and the certification process, please refer to the BCBA® Handbook. As a BCBA®, it's your responsibility to stay informed about the current requirements and ensure that you meet them in each recertification cycle.

Remember, your commitment to continuing education not only benefits your professional development but also the individuals you serve. As the field of behavior analysis continues to evolve, staying informed and up-to-date is more important than ever.


How Many CEUs Are BCBAs Required To Obtain?

BCBA®s are required to obtain 32 CEUs per recertification cycle. This requirement ensures that BCBA®s are continually updating their knowledge and skills in the field of behavior analysis.

When Was the Last Time CEU Requirements For BCBAs Changed?

The CEU requirements for BCBA®s are periodically reviewed and updated by the BACB® to reflect the evolving needs of the profession and the individuals it serves. The most recent changes to the CEU requirements went into effect on January 1, 2022.

Why Are BCBA®s Required 32 CEUs per recertification cycle?

The requirement of 32 CEUs per recertification cycle is designed to ensure that BCBA®s maintain their competence and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in behavior analysis. This ongoing education is crucial for providing high-quality services to clients.

Does the Number of Requirements For BCBA® CEUs Change State-by-State?

No, the number of CEUs required for BCBA® recertification does not change state-by-state. The BACB® sets the CEU requirements and these are consistent across all states. However, individual states may have additional continuing education requirements for licensure, so it's important to check with your state's licensing board.



Behavior Analyst Certification Board. (2022). BCBA® and BCaBA® Role Delineation. Retrieved from BCBA Handbook and BCaBA Handbook

About the Author: 

Ryan O’Donnell, MS, BCBA® is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) with over 12 years of experience in the field. He has dedicated his career to helping individuals improve their lives through behavior analysis and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with others. He oversees The Behavior Academy and helps top ABA professionals create video-based content in the form of films, online courses, and in-person training events. He is committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information about the field of behavior analysis and the various career paths within it. Learn more about behavior analysis at 



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