Competent Learner Model (CLM) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

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Clarion has been approved to have a Verified Course Sequence through the professional organization that maintains the credential requirements for those practicing ABA. This organization is the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB).  This coursework sequence has been verified to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination or Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

A practitioner with a graduate-level certification in ABA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and an undergraduate level practitioner with a certification in ABA is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  

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Clarion offers a career ladder approach to service personnel and instructors that focuses on creating behavioral educators.


The Competent Learner Model provides a multicomponent package for addressing individual learning needs of students who have difficulty participating in typical learning environments.  This team based professional learning curriculum has a goal of creating effective and sustainable education programs for children with challenging learning problems through the use of theoretically grounded empirically validated methods from:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Direct Instruction, Precision Teaching
  • Personalized System of Instruction
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Implementation Science

All CLM courses are dual listed at the undergraduate and graduate levels to provide maximum access and flexibility to students.


The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® is an undergraduate-level certification in behavior analysis.  Students who are certified at the BCaBA level may not practice independently, but must be supervised by someone certified at the BCBA/BCBA-D level.  In addition, BCaBAs can supervise the work of Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.

BCaBA certification requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, completion of verified coursework, and a defined period of supervised practical experience to apply for the BCaBA exam.  Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, apply for the credential, and pass the BCaBA exam to become certified at the BCaBA level.  BCaBAs who are in good standing may apply for the BCBA exam when they have acquired the necessary graduate-level degree, coursework, and supervised experience.


The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis.  Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic series.  In addition, BCBAs supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions.

The credential can be obtained by completing one of three options before sitting for the BCBA exam:

  1. Acceptable graduate degree in an acceptable field, completion of graduate coursework in behavior analysis, and a defined period of supervised practical experience
  2. Acceptable graduate degree, a full-time faculty position in behavior analysis that includes research and teaching, and supervised practical experience
  3. Acceptable doctoral degree that was conferred at least 10 years ago and at least 10 years’ post-doctoral practical experience

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Last Updated 7/1/20