CPBA-AP Certification Process


The PBAAC® is committed to providing the highest quality certification examinations based on proven industry standards through ongoing development procedures and psychometric review.

Candidates are required to successfully pass two assessments that are designed to evaluate knowledge and competency in overseeing individuals who practice a progressive approach to ABA as a treatment method for ASD.  These are a multiple-choice examination and a content presentation evaluation. The multiple-choice examination is administered by computer-based testing. The content presentation evaluation consists of the candidate creating a video and submitting it for scoring.


The Multiple-Choice Examination

The multiple-choice examination is a timed computer-based examination consisting of 165 questions designed to measure a candidate’s knowledge of the principles identified in the CPBA-AP® Content Outline.  Of the 165 items, 150 will be scored to determine the candidate’s outcome. Sample questions can be found here.


The Content Presentation Evaluation

The content presentation evaluation requires candidates to submit a video that is between 15 – 25 minutes for observation and scoring by trained and calibrated examiners.  The skills that will be evaluated during the scoring process include comparing and contrasting conventional and progressive approaches to ABA, clinical judgment, presentation style, and use of supporting materials. 


Requests for Testing Accommodations

Reasonable examination accommodations are available at no extra cost to individuals with documented disabilities. The application includes an option for candidates to request the need for an accommodation. Special accommodation requests for taking examination(s) must be submitted at the time of initial application, along with supporting documentation provided by an appropriate licensed medical doctor, healthcare practitioner, or other relevant professional on their letterhead. Documentation must include:

  • Candidate’s name and address
  • Disability diagnosis
  • History of previous examination accommodations
  • Specific request(s) for accommodations


Accommodation requests are considered, and the approval or denial communicated to the applicant.

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