Board Certified Autism Technician (BCAT)
Individuals who earn the BCAT designation are qualified to implement evidence-based, autism-specific treatment using the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
What is Certification?
Professional certification is different than a training or educational program. Training programs offer a certificate of attendance when an individual completes the coursework, but they do not generally award a credential or require ongoing recertification. The BCAT certification program was developed using a nationally recognized process to define the roles and responsibilities of autism technicians. Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and pass the exam are granted use of the BCAT credential.
Benefits of BCAT Certification
- Demonstrates technicians have autism-specific education, experience, and knowledge
- Increases public protection and customer safety by requiring ongoing background checks
- Demonstrates commitment to ongoing learning and professional development
- Provides employers, caregivers, and customers assurance that technicians have the knowledge and skills required to implement evidence-based, autism-specific treatment using the principles and procedures of ABA under the supervision of a qualified health professional
- Provides employers the means to identify qualified technicians
- Increases employer, caregiver, and customer confidence in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of technicians
BCAT NCCA Accreditation
On November 12, 2015, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the Behavioral Intervention Certification Council’s Board Certified Autism Technician (BCAT) for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. Behavioral Intervention Certification Council (BICC) joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing over 270 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation.
More information on the NCCA is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org/NCCA
or by calling 202/367-1165.