Do you enjoy or are you interested in working with individuals with disabilities? Have you considered becoming a BCBA but not sure where to start?
First, visit and master the content in the BACB website. www.bacb.com This website is your MAIN source of information. Don't be tempted to turn to social media for your information, always consult the BACB first; they are quick to reply too! Visit the site often as it does change.
Second, find a BCBA mentor! This individual paired WITH the BACB website will help you navigate the process to becoming a BCBA. It is still your responsibility to be familiar with the BACB website, do not solely rely on your mentor's input as the BACB does change their policies and your mentor might have the most up-to-date information.
Third, discover which educational path is for you. You will find the BACB provides a list of approved universities/colleges to go through to obtain the necessary classes.
Fourth, once you have started your classwork, than start your field hours. Read the BACB website on how to calculate your field hours and if you have questions, reach out to the BACB for answers. Track your field hours carefully on a spreadsheet as you could be audited by the BACB when you apply to take the BCBA Exam. Look for quality supervision with someone who is knowledgeable in the field, attends workshops and conferences, encourages growth, and above all- demonstrates professionalism.
Fifth, become involved with requirements that various insurance companies, schools, and organizations have. This includes becoming CPR certified, Crisis training, and obtaining liability insurance. Become a member of various ABA chapters, subscribe to journals, and attend workshops and conferences.
Following various Facebook pages is also helpful as these pages will provide valuable information about current events, topics, and issues that are ongoing in the field. CAUTION- do NOT use these pages as your main source as a study tool, develop programming, or when dealing with ethical situations. Utilize your mentor first and than use your networking resources for answers. Parents read Facebook posts and we caution you on what you post online! (We do follow HIPAA.)
Becoming a BCBA means so much more than just providing 1:1 ABA therapy. You will be a voice for the field and hopefully contribute in a positive way through research, sharing factual information, debunking myths that surround our field, presenting at conferences and workshops, and possibly supervising future BCBAs.
If you are interested in working for NBC as a Registered Behavior Technician, as a BCBA or BCaBA, please don't hesitate to contact us to learn more about our company and how we can further support your passion in the field. We seek only quality professionals who are dedicated to the field in an ethical and professional manner. We are dedicated to ongoing training for all of our providers as we believe that we never stop learning. We are a great company only because our providers are phenomenal at what they do and their dedication to the field and clientel!