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Standards for Supervision of BCaBAs
This document contains the standards and forms used to document supervision of a Board Certiﬁed Assistant
Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®). Every BCaBA must practice under the supervision of a qualiﬁed supervisor.
The supervisor and the BCaBA must review this document together and resolve any concerns at the outset of
supervision. Both parties must also ensure that any supervision provided or received is consistent with current
BACB standards (via regular review of BACB Newsletters and web pages for updates), any applicable state
regulatory standards (e.g., licensure), and relevant third-party payer requirements.
Nature of Supervision
The purposes of supervision are to improve and maintain the behavior-analytic, professional and ethical
repertoires of the supervisee and facilitate the delivery of high-quality behavior-analytic services to the
supervisee’s clients. Eective behavior-analytic supervision includes:
⊲ Development of performance expectations
⊲ Observation, behavioral skills training, and delivery of performance feedback
⊲ Modeling technical, professional, and ethical behavior
⊲ Guiding behavioral case conceptualization, problem-solving, and decision-making repertoires
⊲ Review of written materials (e.g., behavior programs, data sheets, reports)
⊲ Oversight and evaluation of the eects of behavioral service delivery
⊲ Ongoing evaluation of the eects of supervision
BCaBA supervisors must hold a qualifying credential, have completed speciﬁc training, and have completed
steps with the BACB to acknowledge the supervisory relationship prior to providing any supervision. The speciﬁc
requirements are described below:
⊲ Credential: The supervisor must hold a current Board Certiﬁed Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) or Board Certiﬁed
Behavior Analyst–Doctoral™ (BCBA-D™) credential, or be a licensed or registered psychologist certiﬁed by the
American Board of Professional Psychology in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and who was tested in
Applied Behavior Analysis.
⊲ Training: The supervisor must complete an 8-hour training based on the BACB’s Supervisor Training
Curriculum Outline before providing any supervision. Supervisors who are certiﬁed at the BCBA or BCBA-D
levels must also complete ongoing supervision continuing education as part of their
⊲ BACB Reporting: The supervisor must acknowledge the supervisory relationship through entry of supervisee
information in the supervisor’s BACB Gateway account. Supervisors will be publicly identiﬁed in the BCaBA’s
record on the BACB Certiﬁcant Registry. The supervisor is responsible and can be held accountable under the
BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (Compliance Code) for the services
provided by the BCaBA.
Note: The supervisor may not be related to, subordinate to, or employed by the BCaBA. Employment does not
include compensation received by the supervisor from the BCaBA for supervision services. While not required, it
is preferable that the supervisor be someone who works most closely with the BCaBA in implementing
behavior- analytic services.