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BCBA® vs. BCaBA®: Understanding the Differences and Opportunities in Behavior Analysis

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As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) with over 12 years of experience, I've often been asked about the differences between a BCBA® and a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA®). In fact, I was certified as a BCaBA® prior to becoming a BCBA® myself, so I have quite literally experienced both roles in the field of behavior analysis. The distinctions between these two roles are significant and can impact one's career path, responsibilities, and opportunities in the field of behavior analysis.

BCBA® vs. BCaBA®: What’s Different Between the Two?

In essence, a BCBA® is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at this level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services.  On the other hand, a BCaBA® is an undergraduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals certified at this level provide similar services as BCBA®s under their...

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