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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 two of the professional organizations that maintain the credential requirements for those practicing ABA. These organizations are the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) and the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis board (QABA®). The coursework sequence has been verified to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Examination, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination®, Qualified Autism Service Practitioner-Supervisor (QASP-S) Examination, and the Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

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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 Qualified Autism Service Practitioner-Supervisors (QASP-S) is a mid-tier interventionist who serves as an experienced instructor and may also provide training to staff/families, monitor the progress of goals and objectives, and provide supervision to entry-level staff. This credential certifies that certificants have demonstrated mid-level knowledge, skill, and competency through assessment in autism and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Qualified Autism Service Practitioner-Supervisors must possess at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Applicants must complete approved course work and period of supervision before examination. This level certificant provides behavioral health services under the supervision of a Qualified Behavior Analyst.


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

The Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) are mastery level interventionists who provide ABA program oversight, supervision, assessment, analysis of data, goal development, and other aspects of treatment and ethical integrity. This level credential ensures that master's level achievement in Applied Behavior Analysis has been mastered through assessment.

QBA certificants must possess a minimum of a master's degree from an accredited institution in a related field and have completed 270 hours of approved coursework (18 semester credits), including eight hours of supervision coursework (master's degree in ABA, psychology, special education, or a related field or coursework from a pre-approved provider) including five hours of coursework which must be in ethics and 20 hours in autism core knowledge, as well as supervised fieldwork before examination.

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Last Updated 7/7/21