Career Pathways in Behaviour Analysis

What is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)?

As at January 2024, there are 300 active BCBAs in Australia, with 117 in Victoria

BCBAs study the science of behaviour and apply this knowledge to make real world changes, to improve people’s lives, in an ethically sound way. Behaviour analysts can specialise in a variety of areas – behaviour is everywhere! Our BCBA at Cheeky Raspberries specialises in providing therapy for autistic children and other developmental delays, and supervising others to provide this therapy.

The Behaviour Analyst Certification Board oversees behaviour analysts in Australia, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. They ensure best practices in behaviour analysts through competencies, appropriate accreditation (degrees, coursework, supervised experience), ongoing certification requirements, and provide the ethical code by which all behaviour analysts must abide. They also provide a registry where you can find all Board Certified Behaviour Analysts.

Career Options and Education in Behaviour Analysis

At Cheeky Raspberries, our director Stephanie Berry MEd(ABA), BCBA, CBA has completed studies through the Florida Institute of Technology, qualifying her to provide supervision for those working in the field.

Educators looking for more resources – The Victorian government has worked with BCBAs and now offers resources for educators. At Cheeky Raspberries we also offer professional development for educators and those working with children. We also offer theory training for parents and carers, contact us to learn more.

Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) - A paraprofessional qualification for those who work directly under a BCaBA or BCBA. Includes 40 hours of online coursework (now free), a competency assessment, and passing an exam. Maintaining certification requires ongoing supervision, maintaining ethical standards, and annual renewal.

Board Certified assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) – A professional who works under the supervision of a BCBA. Requires university coursework including a degree, behaviour analytic coursework, 1000-1300 hours of supervised fieldwork, and passing an exam. Maintaining certification requires ongoing continuing education requirements, maintaining ethical standards, and recertifying every 2 years. Requirements are at a lower level than the BCBA qualification. Obtaining a BCaBA qualification is not required to advance to BCBA, so many choose to pursue the BCBA qualification instead. BCaBA may be appropriate for those who prefer to have a higher level of ongoing supervision from a BCBA and lower initial requirements for qualification.

Monash Master course – Suitable for those pursuing the BCBA credential, or those who are looking to learn evidence based, effective, and practical behaviour management strategies, such as educators (scholarships available from the Victorian Government to support inclusive education), psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and anyone working/looking to work in the behaviour field who holds a bachelor degree.

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) – A professional who may work independently providing behaviour analytic services, and supervise others working in the field. Requires university coursework including an expert Master degree (see above), behaviour analytic coursework, 2000 hours of supervised fieldwork, and passing an exam. Maintaining certification requires ongoing continuing education requirements, maintaining ethical standards, and recertifying every 2 years.

Certified Behaviour Analyst (CBA) – Similar to a BCBA, a CBA is a professional who may work independently providing behaviour analytic services, and supervise others working in the field. CBA is a newer Australian qualification. Those who hold BCBA and work in Australia may apply for the CBA qualification without further studies. Without a BCBA qualification, obtaining CBA requires an expert level PhD or Master degree (AQF 9 or 10), behaviour analytic coursework, and 1500 hours of supervised fieldwork. Maintaining certification requires ongoing continuing education requirements, maintaining ethical standards, and annual recertification.