Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Description and Outcomes

If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of applied behavior analysis in order to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination, consider the Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate program. 

Please refer to the website of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. for full eligibility requirements as well as the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section for important program disclosure information.

Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate program may be transferable to certain Purdue Global degree programs.

Program Length

The Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate program consists of a minimum of 35 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.

Program Outcomes

  1. Disciplinary Knowledge and Skills: Draw upon foundational principles in the field of applied behavior analysis, which includes historical, ethical, and cultural considerations, to design behavior intervention plans. 
  2. Research and Analysis: Utilize basic methodology in applied behavior analysis, which includes research design, data analysis, ethical and cultural considerations, and the interpretation and evaluation of findings, to determine effective client services.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills and Problem Solving: Use analytical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to identify the variables that influence behavior in order to design function-based behavior intervention plans.
  4. Disciplinary Knowledge and Skills: Apply conceptual knowledge of principles of applied behavior analysis to case examples and scenarios that reflect everyday problems within individuals, families, and organizations with regard to functional assessments, behavior intervention plans, and the evaluation of effectiveness of treatment.
  5. Professionalism and Ethics: Demonstrate competent and ethical practice in the field of applied behavior analysis through the conduct of functional behavior assessments that inform function-based behavior intervention plans that address socially significant behaviors.
  6. Communication: Explain treatment approaches in terms that clients, their families, and organizations can understand to gain informed consent.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.


Progression Requirements

You may not transfer credits to the Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate program. All courses must be completed at the University.

Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not reviewed the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions, nor intended the program to meet such requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the Purdue Global course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) examination given by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®).

It is important to note that students seeking BCaBA certification can only begin accruing supervision hours once they begin taking an ABA concentration course in the verified course sequence. Any supervision hours documented prior to taking the first qualifying course will not be recognized by the BACB.

The Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate program meets educational requirements for the BCaBA examination in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the territory of Guam, and all states.

It is important to understand that the out-of-state requirements vary by state and can change with little to no warning. Students seeking licensure or certification in another state should inquire directly to the jurisdiction where employment is desired. The BCBA licensure requirements may be viewed at the following link:

Beginning January 1, 2023, applications for BCaBA or BCBA certification from candidates who live outside of the United States and other designated countries will no longer be accepted, per the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) Global Certification policies. Specific information regarding this policy can be found on the BACB’s website at

The BACB can be contacted at:

Behavior Analyst Certification Board
8051 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO 80127
Tel: 720.438.4321