Board Certified Behavior Analyst - BCBA

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE || INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA - Students have the opportunity to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). This track is recommended for students residing in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. If you reside in another country, please consider our QBA program Asynchronous class options available.

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This Program is Perfect For...

…for anyone who seeks to make positive changes in individuals’ lives through the implementation and dissemination of applied behavior analysis.

What you'll learn...

  • Adhere to Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)'s ethical codes of conduct. 
  • Learn how to conduct functional behavior assessments and related behavior assessments. 
  • Learn about fundamental elements of behavior change & specific behavior change procedures. 
  • Identify the correct method for evaluating behavioral progress through the use of single-case design. 
  • Learn how to design appropriate supervision programs and become an effective supervisor. 
  • Identify client needs and design appropriate evidence-based programs rooted in the concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis. 

Additional Information

  • It is recommended that students new to the field of ABA take 1 course per quarter (not including the supervision course) in order to spend an adequate amount of time on the course materials, readings, and projects. 
  • While our program does not require a textbook, the following textbook is highly recommended: Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2019). Applied Behavior Analysis (3rd Edition). Hoboken, NJ: Pearson Education.
  • Please note that UCSB DOES NOT award the BCBA certification. Please review UCSB's Licensure and Certification Disclosures
  • In order for students to become a board certified behavior analyst, you must complete 315 coursework hours within a 10-year timespan, request coursework attestation, accrue 2000 supervised fieldwork hours, and pass the exam administered by BACB.  


  Public UCSB Students International
Individual Courses $680 $510 $680
Certificate Release Fee  $150  $150 $150
ABA Competency Course (mandatory) $250 $250 $250
Supervision Course (optional) $650 $650 $650
Study Prep Course (optional)  $250 $250 $250
Learning Module Series (Cost varies depending on the option you choose) $279 - $425 $279 - $425 $279 - $425
    *25% Discount Available for Current UCSB Students!  Info

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Student Testimonials 

"I am very satisfied with the UCSB ABA program. It  was the most affordable program that I could find. It also has helped me apply the learned concepts with clients and even with my child and relatives. I highly recommend the program to anyone who is interested in learning about human behavior and how to reshape it." - Eddy

"As an ABA therapist new to the field, the ABA program at UCSB extension was my life saver. It gave me not only the foundational skills but also the tools and support to effectively perform my duties as a therapist then, and as a BCBA now.  One of the first topics that opened my eyes was the supervisor and supervisee responsibilities. It highlighted the industry standards, expectations and relationships between them. I clearly remember thinking to myself the unethical disparities from the industry standards and the reality at my job, which allowed me to advocate and set healthy boundaries and relationships. I think back to those days as a novel therapist and feel grateful that such a program guided me through the BCBA journey." - Candice 

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