Bridging from the Third to Fourth Edition Task List Standards at the BCBA Level

The transition from the Third Edition Task List standards to the Fourth Edition Task List standards brought the following increases in coursework requirements at the BCBA level:

  • Ethical and Professional Conduct: 30 hours added AND a new requirement that all ethics (45 hours total) be taught as one or more freestanding courses. Ethics hours incorporated into other courses no longer count toward this requirement.
  • Measurement: 5 hours added
  • Behavior Change Considerations: 10 hours added
  • Behavior Change Systems: 10 hours added
  • Implementation, Management and Supervision: 10 hours added

More information about these changes can be found here: https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/BACB_CourseContentAllocation.pdf

Due to the above additions, many students attempting to qualify under the fourth edition standards after completing their original coursework under third edition standards need 30 to 45 additional hours in ethics, five additional hours in measurement and 10 hours each (30 total) in behavior change considerations, systems and I&M and supervision. To determine exactly what content hours are needed, the safest course of action for most students is to request a formal coursework evaluation from the BACB. Although there is a $100 fee involved, this fee is later applied to your exam application (so it works out to be free). This is the only way to be certain of what will be accepted and what deficiencies still exist. More information about the formal coursework evaluation by the BACB can be found here: https://bacb.com/coursework-evaluation-application/.

In the absence of a formal coursework evaluation, we can advise students based upon our own analysis of previous coursework. This coursework evaluation requires that the student provide course content verification forms for all courses taken. It is important to understand that this is not a formal coursework evaluation and only the BACB can determine exactly what hours an individual student needs to meet the most current requirements. In our experience, many students who completed BCBA-level coursework toward certification under third edition standards who now wish to take courses through Florida Tech’s ABA Online program to meet fourth edition standards will need the following courses:

Term 1: BEHP5013 (3 credits)
Term 2: BEHP5014B + BEHP5015 (3 credits total)
Term 3: BEHP5016B (2 credits)
Term 4: BEHP5018 (3 credits)

A content allocation grid for Florida Tech’s ABA Online courses can be found here: http://web2.fit.edu/bst/documents/FINAL_BACB_BCBA.pdf

 

FAQ for Students Who Took Third Edition Coursework at Florida Tech

Florida Tech no longer offers a specific third-to-fourth edition task list bridge course sequence; however, students can use our current courses to meet the new requirements.

If I have taken and passed the first four classes in the third edition course sequence (BEHP5000 through BEHP5003), which course in the fourth-edition sequence do I need for BCBA certification?

If you’ve taken and passed BEHP5000 through BEHP5003, you will need the following courses to qualify under the Fourth Edition Task List standards:

  • BEHP5013: Developing, Strengthening and Maintaining Behavior (3 credits)
  • BEHP5014B: Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 credit)
  • BEHP5015: Decreasing, Eliminating and Replacing Problem Behavior (2 credits)
  • BEHP5016B: Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)
  • BEHP5017A: Targeted Topics in Behavior Analysis (1 credit)
  • BEHP5018: Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

If I’ve taken and passed all five courses in the third-edition sequence (BEHP5000 through 5004), what courses would I need to complete the fourth edition requirements?

If you’ve taken and passed BEHP5000 through 5004, you would need to take the following:

  • BEHP5013: Developing, Strengthening and Maintaining Behavior (3 credits)
  • BEHP5014B: Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 credit)
  • BEHP5015: Decreasing, Eliminating and Replacing Problem Behavior (2 credits)
  • BEHP5016B: Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)
  • BEHP5018: Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
    • (5013 through 5018, minus 5017A)

If I’ve taken and passed the third-edition three-course BCaBA sequence (BEHP5000 through 5002) and plan to eventually complete the requirements to become a BCBA, which courses do I need?

If you’ve taken and passed the third-edition BCaBA course sequence under the third edition requirements and now need to meet the fourth edition requirements for BCBA certification, you will need the following courses:

  • BEHP5013: Developing, Strengthening and Maintaining Behavior (3 credits)
  • BEHP5014B: Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 credit)
  • BEHP5015: Decreasing, Eliminating and Replacing Problem Behavior (2 credits)
  • BEHP5016B: Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (2 credits)
  • BEHP5017A: Targeted Topics in Behavior Analysis (1 credit)
  • BEHP5018: Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

If I’ve taken and passed the third-edition three-course sequence for BCaBA certification (BEHP5000 through 5002), which courses do I need to meet the fourth-edition BCaBA requirement?

If you’ve taken and passed BEHP5000 through 5002, you would need to take the following courses:

  • BEHP5013: Developing, Strengthening and Maintaining Behavior (3 credits)
  • BEHP5014B: Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 credit)
  • BEHP5015: Decreasing, Eliminating and Replacing Problem Behavior (2 credits)

If I’ve taken and passed the third-edition five-course sequence for BCBA certification, but now plan to sit for the BCaBA exam (as my master's degree was not completed or is no longer valid), which courses do I need?

If you’ve taken and passed BEHP5000 through 5004, to complete the remaining content area requirements for BCaBA certification in the fewest number of credits, you may take the following courses:

  • BEHP5014B: Introduction to Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts (1 credit)
  • BEHP5018: Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis (which covers everything but ethics) (3 credits)