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Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst Applicants

Questions and Answers about the COBA Application and Certification

Question: What is required to complete my file before I can be registered for a pre-certification workshop/exam?




1) Application.  Complete the application, have it notarized, and mail it to the Ohio Board of Psychology office with a check for $125 payable to “State Treasurer” and a recent photograph.


2) Receipt for the workshop.  Print, sign, and send to the Board the receipt for the pre-certification workshop laws and rules manual.  This can be mailed with the application, fee, and photo or faxed (614-728-7081) or emailed to the Executive Director at psy.dir@psy.ohio.gov.


3) Three letters of reference. Distribute the reference letter request form to at least three (3) qualified references. Letters need to be mailed or faxed (614-728-7081) from the author to the Board. Letters may also be emailed from the author to psy.dir@psy.ohio.gov.  Letters must come from: (a) A certified Ohio behavior analyst; (b) A board certified behavior analyst in good standing certified by the behavior analyst certification board; (c) A psychologist or school psychologist licensed by a state or provincial board of psychology; or (d) A professional clinical counselor, independent social worker, or independent marriage and family therapist licensed under Chapter 4757 of the Revised Code.


Question: Do I need to submit an academic transcript or proof of supervised experience?


Answer: No, assuming that your BCBA is active.


Question: Is there a deadline prior to the workshop date to complete my file?


Answer:  Yes.  All materials must be signed off by the Executive Director three days prior to the scheduled workshop.


Question: How do I know if my application materials have been received?


Answer:  After mailing the application, sending the receipt, and requesting your letters of reference please allow 7-10 business days before inquiring (if you have not heard from us).  Email psy.sup@psy.ohio.gov and copy psy.dir@psy.ohio.gov.  Please allow 2-3 days for us to review your file and reply to your email.


Question: Can I be admitted to the workshop/exam before the Board receives the results of my criminal background check?


Answer:  Yes.  You can be admitted to the pre-certification workshop/exam before we receive your background check results, but the COBA certificate cannot be issued until we receive satisfactory results from the background check.  To be safe, please allow 30 days between the fingerprinting and our receipt of your results.


Question: Does the Board staff verify my BCBA?


Answer:  Yes.  Board staff will verify on the website of the BACB that you have a current, valid certificate as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.


Question: How will I know that I’m eligible to be scheduled for a pre-certification workshop/exam?


Answer:  After all of your required application materials are signed off by the Executive Director, a staff member will email you to confirm registration for the workshop/exam.  Be sure to include your email address on your application.


Links to all required forms and instructions can be found below.

Reference Request Form
Criminal Records Check Information
Certification Questions
For questions regarding the application and/or additional forms, please contact the Board at (614) 466-8809 or psy.ce@psy.ohio.gov.