1. How Do You Pass The BCBA Exam On Your First Try & What Are The Pass Rates?
    How Do You Pass The BCBA Exam On Your First Try & What Are The Pass Rates?

    Are you planning to take the BCBA exam? If so, you're probably feeling a bit anxious, but don't worry - you're not alone! The BCBA exam is tough as we know, according to 2021 stats from the BACB 60% of first time test-takers pass and only 28% of retest-takers pass. It's definitely possible to pass this exam the first time if you prepare properly; but in this blog post, we will discuss what content areas you should focus your studying on as well as providing tips and a study plan that will get you exam ready. Good luck!

    One of the most important things you can do to prepare for the BCBA exam is to become familiar with the content areas that will be tested. The BACB website provides a list of the knowledge and skills that are assessed on the exam. Make sure you understand what each of these content areas covers and spend some time studying them. In addition to content knowledge, the BCBA exam tests your ability to apply behavioral principles to real-world scenarios. To prepare for this, make sure you can identify and explain the key concepts from each of the core behavior analysis textbooks. AATBS now offers flashcards covering all the key concepts from the content areas to make identifying them in real-world scenarios a breeze.

    This content area breakdown pictured above is taken straight from the BACB

  2. RBT VS BCBA: What's the Difference?
    RBT VS BCBA: What's the Difference?

    Within the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), there are several credentials that individuals can acquire, at varying levels, in order to provide and/or supervise ABA therapy services. 

    A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is an entry-level position within the field of behavior analysis. RBTs work in a clinical environment under the direct supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) or a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) to implement ABA therapy for individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. A behavior technician's main duty is to implement therapy and assist with behavioral issues in a variety of settings, under the supervision of a BCBA.

  3. A Day In the Life of an In-Home BCBA
    A Day In the Life of an In-Home BCBA

    Although Board Certified Behavior Analysts can hold many roles, quite a few BCBAs begin their career by providing in-home services. For many, these roles are contract roles that consist of separate rates for travel time, billable hours, and non-billable time. In some companies, BCBAs only supervise Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), while with others the behavior analyst may be supervising Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS), behavior technicians, or even consulting directly with teachers and parents to train those individuals in implementation of an intervention plan.   In general, having a set schedule- with the ability to modify sessions- is incredibly helpful in organizing the day. While many professionals may value the 9-5 daily schedule, working in homes often means that BCBAs- and the staff they are supervising- are working early or late hours on a regular basis. Most agencies have a schedule protocol in place, and BCBAs should be sure to log their sessions on a calendar that can be viewed by offsite support staff as well, in case of any emergencies. Considering that most RBTs require about 8 hours per month of supervision, plan to rotate and see each RBT for at least 2 hours per week. Depending on client scripted hours, sessions may need to be longer, or staggered, to see multiple RBTs working with the same client in a given week.

  4. Navigating the Transition to BACB Task List 5
    Navigating the Transition to BACB Task List 5

    In January 2017 the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) unveiled its 5th Edition Task List for supervisees accruing experience hours for their Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) credential. The publication and announcement provided ample notice to current and future supervisees as the 5th Edition Task List will replace the 4th Edition Task List on January 1, 2022. According to the BACB®, the updates to its task list were determined by a group of subject-matter experts after reviewing previous task lists, a survey from prior subject-matter experts, survey results from experimental analysis of behavior experts, and the published Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.