In order to sit for the BACB exam, supervised experience is required. Your practicum placement, where you will acquire those supervised experience hours, is one of the most important parts of your path to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). It is where you will gain practical experience in implementing the strategies and skills that you will learn during coursework.
The UW ABA Program has developed a shared model of supervision with local agencies and schools to provide opportunities for you to complete the BACB's "Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork" option over the course of the two-year program. In this shared model, UW provides half of all required supervision through a group practicum (75 hours) and a local agency or school provides the other half (75 hours). For more information about the BACB's Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork option, see the BACB Fieldwork Requirements
Due to the importance of developing a contextually relevant understanding of behavioral principles, it is essential that you have an appropriate practicum placement if you are pursuing supervised hours while you are in the program. Most students report that the ideal experience is to have more than one practicum placement, because different placements often offer very different experiences. Many students are able to find paid positions. Practicum opportunities also include the internationally recognized Project Data at the University of Washington Haring Center.