Applied Behavior Analysis Licensure

This information is provided in good faith to applicants as of April 8, 2021.

The Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Dayton leads to a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. This program is intended to lead to exam eligibility for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination, and not an individual certificate or license. Students who have opted to participate in the Independent Fieldwork Track will have met the academic coursework requirements upon graduation but will need to fulfill additional fieldwork experience outside of the scope of the program for exam eligibility. Some, but not all, states license Behavior Analysts, with name of license and requirements varying by state. Generally, granting of the degree, fulfilling the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and passage of a background check is sufficient for licensure in most states.  

The table below provides a state-by-state breakdown of licensure requirements, if applicable. The information provided is designed as a starting point, with state licensure potentially requiring additional standards/criteria/field experience outside of the scope of the program. Exam eligibility, licensure requirements, and appropriate pathways are subject to change and may differ based on individual student backgrounds, including coursework taken outside the scope of the program. Students should do their own due diligence and determine the appropriate pathway and license type for themselves. 

Alabama

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examinations: The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s)Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Alabama – Administrative Code

State Board: Alabama Behavior Analyst Licensure Board

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements. 

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Alaska

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Alaska – Statutes and Regulations

State Board: Alaska – Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Arizona

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited 

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Arizona – Statutes and  Rules

State Board: Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners

Additional Important Information: The law refers to the now outdated supervised experience requirements; students should follow up with the state board for clarity.

Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Arkansas

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.

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California

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.

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Colorado

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.
The state’s ABA association is promoting licensure for behavior analysts.

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Connecticut

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Connecticut – Provisions of Public Act

State Board: Connecticut State Department of Public Health

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Delaware

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Delaware – Administrative Code

State Board: Delaware Health and Social Services

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.

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District of Columbia

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.

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Florida

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Historically, Florida created the Florida Behavior Analyst Certification Board and individuals could become a Florida Certified Behavior Analyst (FL-CBA). This program is no longer active and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has assumed all certifying responsibilities. The FL-CBA designation may still be in use but no longer applicable to new certificants.

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Georgia

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.
The state’s ABA association is promoting licensure for behavior analysts.

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Hawaii

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Hawaii – Statute/Rule Chapter

State Board: Hawaii – Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Idaho

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.

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Illinois

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice and the provider should follow up with IL DHS for more information.
The state’s ABA association is promoting licensure for behavior analysts.

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Indiana

What is Issued: Title Protection

Name of What’s Issued: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Indiana – Laws

State Board: Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.

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Iowa

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Iowa – Laws and Rules

State Board: Iowa Board of Behavioral Science

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Kansas

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Kansas – Statutes and Regulations

State Board: Kansas – Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Kentucky

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: 

  1. Temporary License 
  2. Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: KentuckyLaws and Regulations

State Board: Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board

Additional Important Information: Applicants must submit proof of completing 5 hours of instruction in Adult Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Prevention or a combination of the two. Please visit the state board for more information.

Temporary license needed if education requirements have been met but more experience hours need to be accumulated.

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Louisiana

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited 

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Louisiana Jurisprudence Exam

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Louisiana – Regulations

State Board: Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Maine

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.

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Maryland

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework 

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Maryland – Laws & Regulations

State Board: Maryland Department of Health

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Massachusetts

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Not Applicable

Curriculum: 30 graduate credit hours in the following content areas and for the number of graduate credit hours
specified.
a. 3 graduate credit hours of ethical and professional conduct
b. 3 graduate credit hours of concepts and principles of behavior Analysis;
c. 3 graduate credit hours of research methods in behavior analysis;
d. 7 graduate credit hours of applied behavior analysis including:
i. 3 graduate credit hours of fundamental elements of behavior change and
specific behavior change procedures;
ii. 2 graduate credit hours of identification of the problem and assessment;
iii. 2 graduate credit hours consisting of intervention and behavior change
considerations, behavior change systems, and implementation, management and
supervision; and
e. 14 graduate credit hours of discretionary coursework related to the study of
behavior analysis acceptable to the Board. 

Field Experience: Independent Fieldwork: 1500 hours in behavior analysis, at least 75 of which should be supervised. Be supervised at least once during two week periods for no less than 5% of the total hours spent in independent fieldwork experience during each two week period.

Practicum: 1000 hours in behavior analysis, at least 75 of which must be supervised. be supervised at least once during each week for no less than 7.5% of the total hours spent in Practicum for each week.

Intensive practicum: 750 hours in behavior analysis, at least 75 of which should be supervised. Be supervised at least once during each week for no less than 10% of the total hours spent in intensive Practicum for each week.

For all, no fewer than 10 hours but no more than 30 hours per week. 

State Regulation: Massachusetts – Statutes and Regulations

State Board: Massachusetts – Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

Additional Important Information: The law refers to the now outdated supervised experience requirements; students should follow up with the state board for clarity.

Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Michigan

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: MichiganAdministrative Code

State Board: Michigan Board of Behavior Analysts

Additional Important Information: Training in identifying human trafficking is required prior to receiving approval for licensure.

Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Minnesota

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Minnesota – Certified Providers

State Board: Minnesota – Department of Human Services

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. The state’s ABA association is promoting licensure for behavior analysts.

Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice and the provider should follow up with MN DHS for more information.

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Mississippi

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Oral exam administered by the MS Autism Board

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Mississippi – Administrative Rules and Regulations

State Board: Mississippi Licensing Board for the Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis

Additional Important Information: Temporary license may be granted to those who have passed the national exam and are waiting to take and pass the oral exam.

Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Missouri

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA)

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Missouri – Rules & Statutes

State Board: Missouri – Behavior Analyst Advisory Board

Additional Important Information: Completion of 2 hours of suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management training is required prior to receiving approval for licensure.

Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements during an academic program.

The Provisional license (PLBA) can be granted to applicants who have still have to fulfill requirements for the full license.

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Montana

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: 100 hours of supervised experience beyond those hours required by Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

State Regulation: Montana – Administrative Rules

State Board: Montana – Board of Psychologist

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Nebraska

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice. The state’s ABA association is promoting licensure for behavior analysts.

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Nevada

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Nevada – Revised Statute

State Board:  Nevada Applied Behavior Analyst Board

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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New Hampshire

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.
The state’s ABA association is currently exploring a pathway for licensure of behavior analysts.

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New Jersey

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: New Jersey – Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Act

State Board: State Board of Applied Behavior Analyst Examiners (link coming soon)

Additional Important Information: The enactment of the Licensing Act has been delayed due to the currently public health emergency. The act has been provided for future reference and is subject to change.

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New Mexico

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.

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New York

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: An organization accepted by the department as a reliable authority for the purpose of accrediting applied behavior analysis programs

Examination(s): An examination designed to test knowledge related to all areas of applied behavior analysis

Certification(s): Not Applicable

Curriculum: A master’s or higher degree from a program registered by the department or determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent, thereof, in accordance with the commissioner’s regulations.

Field Experience: One year of full-time supervised experience, or the part-time equivalent thereof, such experience to consist of 1,500 clock hours, in accordance with the requirements of this section. Of such one-year of experience, at least 150 clock hours shall be gained during a master’s or higher degree program’s required supervised practicum or internship, and shall be required for admission to the licensure examination. The remaining supervised experience shall be gained as part of the master’s degree program or following the completion of all master’s or higher degree studies, including all mandated course content.

State Regulation: New York – Laws, Rules & Regulations

State Board: New York State Education Department – Office of the Professions

Additional Important Information: Applicants must submit proof of completing 2 hours of coursework or training in the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. Please visit the NYSED website for more information.

Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements during an academic program.
Limited permits can be granted to an applicant who meets all qualifications for licensure, except the examination and/or experience requirements.

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North Carolina

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: 

  1. Licensed Psychological Assistant (master’s)
  2. Licensed Psychologist (doctoral)

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)

State Examination 

Certification(s): Not Applicable

Curriculum: The program of study shall include a minimum of 45 semester hours of graduate study in standard psychology courses, including courses in academic psychology, statistics and research design, scientific and professional ethics and standards, and a specialty area. Not more than 6 semester hours shall be credited for internship/practicum and not more than 6 semester hours shall be credited for thesis/dissertation.

Field Experience: Supervised training experience shall be a minimum of 12 weeks, consisting of at least 500 hours of supervised training. At least 400 hours of the training shall be in the practice of psychology.

State Regulation: North Carolina – Rules

State Board: North Carolina Psychology Board

Additional Important Information: North Carolina requires individuals who want to practice independently as an ABA to be licensed as a psychologist associate or psychologist. If not licensed, they are only able to provide ancillary services under the supervision and/or employment of a licensed psychologist or psychological associate.

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North Dakota

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued:  Licensed Applied Behavior Analysts

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Pending state approval

State Board: North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care 

Additional Important Information: Licensure oversight has recently transitioned to the ND Board of Integrative Health Care and an updated law is pending state approval. The new law will be published following approval. Students should contact the state board for further guidance in the interim.

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Ohio

What is Issued: Certification

Name of What’s Issued: Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Ohio – Laws and Rules

State Board: Ohio Board of Psychology

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Oklahoma

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Oklahoma – Policy, Statutes, Resources

State Board: Oklahoma Licensed Behavior Analyst Board 

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Oregon

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Oregon – Laws and Rules

State Board: Oregon -Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Pennsylvania

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice. The state’s ABA association is promoting licensure for behavior analysts.

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Rhode Island

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued:  Licensed Applied Behavior Analysts

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Rhode Island – Regulations

State Board: Rhode Island – Board of Applied Behavioral Analysts

Additional Important Information: The laws refer to the now outdated supervised experience requirements but ultimately refer to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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South Carolina

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice. The state’s ABA association is promoting licensure for behavior analysts.

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South Dakota

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: South Dakota – Statutes

State Board: South Dakota – Applied Behavior Analyst Advisory Committee

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Tennessee

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Tennessee – Statutes and Rules

State Board: Tennessee – Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Committee

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Texas

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Texas – Administrative Rules

State Board: Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Utah

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Utah – Administrative Rules

State Board: Utah – Psychologist Licensing Board

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Vermont

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued:  Licensed Applied Behavior Analysts

Accreditation Requirements: Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board (ABAI), or from a program at a recognized educational institution that is approved by the Director and that substantially meets the educational standards of the Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board (ABAI) or the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB))

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework or approved course sequence

Field Experience: 1,500 hours over a period of not less than one calendar year, of which at least 75 hours are in direct one-to-one contact with a supervisor

State Regulation: Vermont – Statutes, Rules & Resources

State Board: Vermont – Office of Professional Regulation

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Virginia

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Virginia – Laws and Regulations

State Board: Virginia Board of Medicine

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Washington

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Completion of a minimum of 225 classroom hours at graduate level instruction in specific behavior analysis topics

Field Experience: Supervised experience requirement, consisting of a minimum of 1500 hours

State Regulation: Washington – Laws

State Board: Washington State Department of Health

Additional Important Information: Completion of at least 4 clock hours of AIDS education is required prior to receiving approval for licensure.

The secretary may accept certification by a national accredited professional credentialing entity in lieu of the specific requirements identified.

Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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West Virginia

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.

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Wisconsin

What is Issued: License

Name of What’s Issued: Licensed Behavior Analyst

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Wisconsin – License Information

State Board: Wisconsin – Department of Safety and Professional Services

Additional Important Information: Students don’t need to register with the state while fulfilling fieldwork requirements.

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Wyoming

What is Issued: Not Applicable

Name of What’s Issued: Not Applicable

Accreditation Requirements: Not Applicable

Examination(s): The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) examination

Certification(s): Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Curriculum: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved coursework

Field Experience: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved field experience

State Regulation: Not Applicable

State Board: Not Applicable

Additional Important Information: Licensure does not currently exist. Certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is sufficient to practice.

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