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COBA Application Instructions, Checklists, and Forms

Application Process

The application for a COBA certification is available on the eLicense portal.

*Please note: You must add your degree/credentials as you would like them to appear on your license in the "last name" field, as there is not a field available to display academic degrees.

Once you have created your account, you will then be directed to a page on which you will choose "APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE."  You will then be provided with the option of choosing "Psychology Board" and then the "Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst" option under "Select a License." Finally, under "Select an Application Type" select "General Application."  You will then confirm your eligibility to apply for the COBA certification.  Upon saving and continuing the eligibility questions, you will proceed through the application documenting your personal information, background information, answer questions and attestation before submitting your application.  Upon submitting your application you will be unable to make any changes directly to your application, so please be sure to review all information prior to submitting.  After submitting your application, you will be directed to a secure payment site to process your payment for your COBA application.  Following payment of your application, you will receive email communication from the Board and a receipt.

Note: Please ensure that all documentation, to which you attest on the application site, is forwarded to the Board for the completion of your application.  All documentation required can be found on this page of the Ohio Board of Psychology's website.

Pre-Certification Workshop and Examination

Next Workshops:

April 15, 2022 at 9:30AM

May 27, 2022 at 9:30AM

July 8, 2022 at 9:30AM

(For additional information regarding the COBA Workshops, please visit our "Events" page.)

Pre-Certification Workshop Law and Rules Manual

Receipt for Pre-Certification Workshop Law and Rules Manual

Reference Request Form

Reference Request Form: Download and provide to your references.

Background Check Information

Criminal Records Check Requirement In-State and Out-of-State Applicants: Click here to review.

Demonstrating Equivalence to the BCBA

For COBA applicants without a BCBA certificate or state licensure or certification in behavior analysis, specific legal requirements must be met in order to successfully demonstrate “equivalence” to holding the BCBA pursuant to OAC 4783-4-01 (B)(1)(a). The applicant bears responsibility for demonstrating that all of the following requirements have been satisfied:

  1. Evidence on a grade transcript bearing official seal of an earned master's or doctoral degree conferred in behavior analysis or other natural science, education, psychology, counseling, social work, human services, or a field related to behavior analysis as judged by the board, from:
    • A nationally or regionally accredited university in the United States;
    • A Canadian institution of higher education that is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada or the Association of Canadian Community Colleges; or
    • An institution of higher education located outside the United States or Canada that, at the time the applicant was enrolled and at the time the applicant graduated, maintained a standard of training equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions accredited in the United States. In addition, the academic transcript underlying the relevant degree shall be translated into English (as applicable) and shall be evaluated by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES). The degree shall be judged by a NACES member organization to be equivalent to a minimum of a master's degree in behavior analysis or other natural science, education, psychology, counseling, social work, human services, or a field related to behavior analysis as judged by the board from a regionally accredited academic institution in the U.S. Candidates can find information about seeking professional credential reviews at www.naces.org and at the board's website www.psychology.ohio.gov. The applicant shall be responsible for all fees associated with said credential review and any required translation deemed necessary by the board to conduct a review of the degree.
  2. The coursework shall include a minimum of 270 classroom hours as follows, either on the master's degree of doctoral degree transcript, or on academic transcripts reflecting coursework completed subsequent to the award of the degree:
    • Forty-five hours in ethical and professional conduct taught in one or more freestanding courses devoted to ethical and professional conduct based on the behavior analyst certification board's professional disciplinary and ethical standards and guidelines for responsible conduct for behavior analysts;
    • Forty-five hours in concepts and principles of behavior analysis, based on the behavior analyst certification board's foundational knowledge list;
    • Research methods in behavior analysis based on the behavior analyst certification board's fourth edition task list, including twenty-five hours in measurement (including data analysis) and twenty hours in experimental design;
    • Applied behavior analysis based on the behavior analyst certification board's fourth edition task list, including: forty-five hours in fundamental elements of behavior change and specific behavior change procedures; thirty hours in identification of the problem and assessment; ten hours in intervention and behavior change considerations; ten hours in behavior change systems; ten hours in implementation management and Supervision; and, thirty discretionary hours related to applied behavior analysis.
  3. Evidence of a passing score on a psychometrically valid written examination in the subject area of applied behavior analysis administered by a nationally accredited credentialing organization, recognition of which shall be made by the board on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Completion of a minimum of fifteen hundred hours of relevant supervised experience in applied behavior analysis satisfactory to the board.

The applicant bears responsibility for demonstrating that each of these requirements has been satisfied by providing the Board office with sufficient detailed information. It is likely that any applicant meeting these requirements will also meet the requirements for the BCBA and will submit an application to the Board based on BCBA certification.

FAQs about the COBA Application and Certification

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

  1. Submitted application, and Board verification that you have an active BCBA or active state license to practice ABA.  
  2. Receipt for the workshop/exam.  Print, sign, and send to the Board the receipt for the pre-certification workshop laws and rules manual.  This can be faxed (614-728-7081) or emailed to the Executive Director at info@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 faxed (614-728-7081) from the author to the Board. Letters may also be emailed from the author to info@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.

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

No, assuming that your BCBA or state license to practice ABA is active.

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

Yes. Workshops and individual exam appointments are being offered live video conferencing. Candidates are permitted to attend a workshop only after receiving approval in the form of a Zoom link for the workshop; All materials must be signed off by the Executive Director three days prior to the scheduled workshop.

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

After submitting the application, sending the receipt, and requesting your letters of reference please allow 5-7 business days before inquiring (if you have not heard from us).  Email info@psy.ohio.gov.  Please allow 2-3 days for us to review your file and reply to your email.

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

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.

Does the Board staff verify my BCBA?

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

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

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.