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ABA Online

State Licensure

Although the ABA Online program is an ABAI-verified course sequence, we realize that behavior analysis students must also adhere to any licensing regulations, restrictions and applicable laws in the state or region in which they work. We want to make sure you are fully informed about any obstacles you might encounter on your journey to become certified in behavior analysis.

The State of New York has specific licensing requirements for behavior analysis, and we want you to know that Florida Tech ABA programs are not in the New York State Inventory of Registered Programs. This means it is very unlikely the ABA Online program will be accepted for New York licensing. Please consult the New York Office of the Professions State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis by visiting their website at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/aba/ or by contacting the board at ababd@nysed.gov before finalizing your educational plans. 

It is the responsibility of all students to stay informed about any requirements or regulations pertaining to the practice of behavior analysis in the state in which you work or plan to work.

Current Contact Information for State Licensing Boards

 
Please see the section labeled BA Rules Effective December 12, 2018, toward the bottom right-hand side of the page.

Arkansas

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling

Connecticut

Connecticut State Department of Public Health, Behavior Analysis Licensing

Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs, Licensing Area: Behavior Analyst

Iowa

Iowa Legislature

Kansas

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Kentucky

Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board

Louisiana

Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board

Maryland

Department of Health, Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists

Massachusetts

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals

Michigan

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Professional Licensing

Mississippi

Mississippi Autism Board, Mississippi Licensing Board for the Practice of Applied Behavioral Analysis

Missouri

Missouri Behavior Analyst Advisory Board

Montana

Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Business Standards Division, Board of Psychologists

Nevada

Board of Psychological Examiners

New York

New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions

North Carolina

North Carolina Psychology Board

North Dakota

North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners

Ohio

State Board of Psychology

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Licensed Behavior Analyst Board

Oregon

Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board

Pennsylvania

Department of State Medical Licensing Board

Pennsylvania does not have a license for behavioral analysts, but its license for behavior specialists accepts BACB certification as a credential.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Health, Behavioral Analysis Licensing

South Dakota

South Dakota Legislature

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Health, Health Professions Boards, Applied Behavior Analysis

Texas

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Behavior Analysts Program

Utah

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

Vermont

Vermont Office of Professional Regulation, Applied Behavior Analysis

Virginia

Virginia Department of Health Professions, Board of Medicine

Washington

Washington State Department of Health, Applied Behavior Analysis

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Behavior Analyst

States with Legislation Proposed or Pending for the Licensure of Behavior Analysts

California

Two different measures (AB 1715 and AB 479) introducing licensing for behavioral analysts were introduced to the state legislature in 2015 and 2016, but have not passed into law yet.

Connecticut

Connecticut does not currently require licensure for behavioral analysts. However, HB799 prohibits non-certified individuals from using that title. SB1089 was introduced to the legislature in 2014 to require behavioral analyst licensing and is modeled on the BACB Model Act.

Illinois

Illinois has introduced legislation regarding the licensure of behavior analysts, but has not enacted the legislation to date.

The information provided above represents the best of our knowledge regarding states with licensure regulations for the practice of behavior analysis as of October 18, 2019.