BICC requires the continuing professional development of its certificants to ensure that individuals who hold the BCAT credential maintain an ongoing commitment to learning, keep pace with developments in the field of behavior analysis, and strengthen their knowledge and skills. The mandatory recertification process provides certificants with the opportunity to demonstrate the retention, reinforcement, and expansion of their knowledge and skills. To support this purpose, recertification requires continuing education that enhances ongoing professional development, recognizes learning opportunities, and provides a process for both attaining and recording professional development achievements. BICC also requires the certificants re-attest to uphold the Code of Conduct and earn at least 3 of the required 12 hours of continuing education credits in topics directly related to ethics to promote compliance with principles of ethical practice, emphasize the requirements of the Code of Conduct, and enhance consumer protection and public safety.
Professional development is accomplished by obtaining the required number of continuing education credits.
Renewal by continuing education credits ensures that the individual has participated in professional development activities that are directly related to the body of knowledge for BCAT certificants as defined by the exam
The 2-year time period established for recertification is based on the BICC’s determination that the certificant implements a treatment plan under the supervision of a master’s-level clinician who designs the treatment and identifies treatment goals, two facets of treatment that may be more immediately influenced by emerging research than the actual implementation of treatment. The implementation of treatment adheres strictly to the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis. Because the BCAT is supervised by the Master’s-level supervisor, recertification every two years is sufficient to maintain the certificant’s high standard of clinical quality and to affirm the certificant’s commitment to the Code of Ethics.
To ensure that certificants supplement and reinforce their knowledge in appropriate subject areas, only those continuing education courses approved by BICC will accrue toward the 12 hours of CE units.
Rolling criminal background checks, known as Department of Justice LiveScan checks, are required to maintain the BCAT credential. Individuals with the BCAT credential typically work with individuals with developmental disabilities, a vulnerable population that deserves the safety assurance that an ongoing background check provides. BCAT certificants are required to be registered on the BICC registry, to ensure that educational background, training, credentials, other certifications, and the background check are accessible to parents, caregivers, educators, funding agencies, and other interested parties.
Certification expires on the last day of the month 2 years following the date of certification. For example, if an individual is certified on May 15, 2015, certification will expire on May 30, 2017.
Applications for recertification must be submitted at least 15 days
prior to the date on which the certification expires.
Recertification reminder notices are issued 60 days before the recertification application deadline to the last known email address of each certificant. Certificants are responsible for notifying the BICC office of any changes in address, including email address.
Recertification is the responsibility of each BCAT certificant. BICC is not responsible for notices that fail to reach certificants.
After initial certification is obtained, continuing education hours may be accrued and used for recertification. Continuing education hours must be obtained between the date of initial certification and the date that the recertification application is submitted. Once submitted, candidates cannot obtain/add additional continuing education credits to the recertification application. The recertification decision will be based solely on the submitted information.
Documentation of the continuing education hours must be submitted with the recertification application. Primary source verification of all CE hours is required. Acceptable documentation includes official transcripts and certificates of completion. See the Required Documentation column in the Acceptable Activities table below for additional information.
Only continuing education activities and topics directly related to the knowledge, skill, and ability statements on the exam content outline will be accepted. At least 3 credits must be directly related to ethics.
Continuing education credits may be earned at workshops, conferences, conventions, seminars, college/university courses, webinars, and in-service training events. Credit is also granted for professional presentations. Credit may be claimed only once for each activity. For example, a 1 hour presentation that is delivered at two different conferences can only be claimed for 1 CE credit.
All continuing education credits from workshops, webinars, seminars, etc. must be earned from a BICC approved provider. A list of approved providers is available on the website. Certificants may seek approval for credits received from non-approved providers bt containing BICC.
In order to maintain the credibility and integrity of the certification process, BICC reserves the right to verify any information provided on recertification applications. Requests for verification may be made prior to recertification or at a future time. Certificants are advised to retain all recertification documentation for at least 3 years after each renewal deadline.
All recertification applications will be reviewed to ensure that all recertification requirements are met. If any areas of non-compliance are identified during the review of a recertification application the individual will have 15 days to submit any required information. If the required information is not provided, the individual’s certification will expire at the end of the 15 days or on the normal expiration date (whichever comes last). If an application is selected for audit and the certificant does not respond or does not submit the requested documentation, certification will not be renewed.
An application will be considered incomplete if any of the requested information is missing or illegible or the appropriate fee is not included. Application must be complete before they are processed and approved. Incomplete applications will not be returned and application fees will not be refunded.
BICC will issue a recertification letter to the certificant once all renewal requirements have been met. Recertification applications will not be accepted from individual’s whose certification is in a state of suspension or has been revoked.
If certification has been expired for 60 days or less, an individual may reinstate his/her
certification by meeting all of the recertification requirements, submitting a complete
recertification application, and paying the recertification fee and reinstatement fee. If the
application is approved, the individual’s expiration date for the reinstated credential will be the
same as if the certification had been renewed on time.
A one-time reinstatement option is available, if certification has been expired for more than 60 days. An individual must submit required documentation of supervision forms and retake and pass the exam in order to reinstate certification. Certification reinstated after 60 days will be reinstated with new dates of initial certification and certification expiration.
If certification has been expired for more than 6 months, or if the one-time reinstatement option has been previously used, certification will not be renewed, and the individual will have to re-apply for certification, meet all the eligibility criteria for initial certification, , including all training requirements, and re-take and pass the certification examination in order to reinstate certification.
Certificants who are participating in active military duty or whose personal circumstances preclude timely recertification should contact BICC and request an exception to this policy. Any exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of BICC.
BCAT certification may not be used from the date of expiration until the credential is successfully reinstated.
Applicants and certificants are responsible for keeping their mailing address and email address up to date and notifying BICC in writing of any changes. Your BCAT certificate and welcome kit will be sent to your mailing address. All other communication, notifications, confirmations, and reminders will be sent to your email address.