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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 or by contacting the board at 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 Board of Examiners in Counseling


Connecticut State Department of Public Health, Behavior Analysis Licensing


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


Iowa Legislature


Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board


Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board


Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board


Department of Health, Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists


Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals


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


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


Missouri Behavior Analyst Advisory Board


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


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


State Board of Psychology


Oklahoma Licensed Behavior Analyst Board


Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board


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 Department of Health, Health Professions Boards, Applied Behavior Analysis


Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Behavior Analysts Program


Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing


Vermont Office of Professional Regulation, Applied Behavior Analysis


Virginia Department of Health Professions, Board of Medicine


Washington State Department of Health, Applied Behavior Analysis


Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Behavior Analyst

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


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 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 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.