Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of certification?

Certified Progressive Behavior Analyst – Autism Professional™ certification validates a professional’s specialized knowledge and experience in overseeing the implementation and dissemination of effective and caring interventions in autism in a progressive approach to ABA. Much like the founding pioneers in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis, certified individuals are considered leaders, mentors, and role models. Obtaining and maintaining your CPBA-AP™ credential keeps you current in the latest developments in the progressive approach as it relates to autism and demonstrates your dedication to life-long learning. The CPBA-AP™ designation is a visible reminder of a professional’s significant achievement.


How was the certification developed?

A Job Task Analysis (JTA) for the certification was completed to identify and validate the knowledge and skills that are measured by the examinations. This job analysis guided the process for examination content, candidate eligibility, and recertification requirements.

A JTA will be conducted at least every five (5) years. Job analysis studies may be conducted sooner if a significant change in the field is identified.


How does this certification relate to other credentials?

The Certified Progressive Behavior Analyst – Autism Professional™ credential was not created to compete with any existing certification program, rather it is meant to offer a specialized and advanced credential specific to autism spectrum disorder and progressive applied behavior analysis.


What is the assessment process?

Candidates are required to successfully pass two assessments, a multiple-choice examination and a content presentation evaluation.  The multiple-choice examination is administered by computer-based testing at a test center.  The content presentation evaluation consists of the candidate creating a video and submitting it for evaluation.


Where can I take the Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) exam?

Candidates will take the MCQ examination at approved Prometric test centers throughout the United States.  A candidate will be able to schedule their test at their preferred test center once they receive eligibility approval from PBAAC.  Scheduling instructions will be provided in their approval email.


How do I apply?

You can apply by creating an account at:  https://pbaac.learningbuilder.com/account/login


How much does this certification cost?

Initial application and assessment fee is $350 non-refundable US dollars. This is payable at the time of initial application submission. This fee is non-refundable.

For the first exam administration in November 2020 the initial application and assessment fee is $350 US dollars is waived! Re-test fees still apply if a candidate must re-take the exam.


I don’t live in the United States, can I still get certified?

Yes, individuals living in other countries can apply for the certification.  You will complete the application process and if your eligibility is approved, you may sign up to take the exam during the test delivery window at any available Prometric site in the United States.  Fees are paid online on the application platform.  Applicants are responsible for all costs related to foreign currency conversion to U.S. dollars.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange and pay for all travel to the United States to take the examination.


What information and required documentation will I need to include on my application?

Candidates will be asked to provide reference names and emails of individuals who will be able to verify their experience type and hours.  If a reference fails to respond, a candidate can change their reference information.

Unofficial transcripts for all related degrees must be uploaded. Transcripts should reflect the degree area requirements and a minimum number of 12 credit hours for ABA content (for non-ABA degrees).  The candidate must request that official transcripts be mailed directly from their educational institution to PBAAC.


Can I make changes to my application after I submit it?

You can make changes on your application until you submit your application. You will be unable to make changes once you press “submit.”  If you need to add or change anything, please email us at: info@progressivebehavioranalyst.org for assistance.


Can my official transcript be sent electronically?

No, we do not accept transcripts electronically.  You will need to request your college or university mail transcripts to us directly.  To avoid delays, you may want to make this one of the first steps you complete. Applicants are responsible for any fees that the educational institution(s) charges for the official transcript.

Please have your educational institution mail it to us at:

Progressive Behavior Analyst Autism Council

PO BOX 910

Seal Beach, CA 90740


Can I change the name and contact information for a reference I used on my application?

Yes! Go into your account and click on the “update supervisor” icon to change your reference information and resubmit.


When will I find out if I passed the assessment?

Multiple Choice Question Examination – it will take 6 – 8 weeks for your determination to be available on your account.

Video Presentation Evaluation – your determination will be available on your account approximately 45 days after you submit your video to be rated.

We do not release scores under any circumstances. Candidates are provided a “Pass/Fail” determination only.


What is the refund policy?

Examination fees are non-refundable.


Who can I contact if I have other questions?

Email us at: info@progressivebehavioranalyst.org

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