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Licensure and Other Regulation of ABA Practitioners

This page provides links to websites with information on laws to license or otherwise regulate practitioners of applied behavior analysis (ABA). For each jurisdiction there is a link to the website of the regulatory body (e.g., licensing board) or other government agency that issues (or will issue) licenses or other credentials to practice ABA in that jurisdiction. Unless the law is quite new, on that website you should find information or links to the relevant law and the current regulations or rules for implementing it, application forms, and other material. If such information is not on the site, it is probably because the law was just adopted recently so credentials are not yet being issued. In those instances we have provided links to the laws themselves.Specific questions about the law, regulations/rules, application procedures, etc. should be addressed to the regulatory body or agency. For most jurisdictions, there is also a link to the website of the behavior analysis organization(s) in that state, province, region, or country. Those organizations (where they exist) may have additional information about these laws as well as other local laws and regulations affecting the practice of ABA.

United States

Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing
Alaska Association for Behavior Analysis
Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners
Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis
There is no licensure or other law regulating the practice of ABA at present, but click here for a law that prohibits anyone in the state who is not certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board from using the titles Board Certified Behavior Analyst or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst or similar titles.
Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis
Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Hawaii SB 40
Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis
There is no licensure or other law regulating the practice of ABA at present, but click here for a law that prohibits anyone in the state who is not certified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board from using that title or BCBA, or professing to be a certified behavior analyst.
Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis
Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
Kansas HB 2744: An Act concerning insurance; providing coverage for autism spectrum disorder; requiring licensure of persons providing applied behavior analysis. (See p. 6 for licensure requirements, effective July 1, 2016)
Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis
Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board
Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis
Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board
Louisiana Behavior Analysis Association
Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists
Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis
Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals
Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis & Therapy
Massachusetts Association for Behavior Analysis
Practitioners of behavior analysis in Michigan must be licensed as psychologists.
Michigan Board of Psychology
Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan
Mississippi HB 885
Behavior Analysis Association of Mississippi
Missouri Behavior Analyst Advisory Board
Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis
Board of Psychological Examiners
Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis
New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions
New York State Association for Behavior Analysis
Practitioners of behavior analysis in North Carolina must be licensed as or supervised by psychologists.
North Carolina Psychology Board
North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis
North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners
State Board of Psychology
Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis
Oklahoma Licensed Behavior Analyst Board
Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board
Oregon Association for Behavior Analysis
Department of Health
Rhode Island H 7152: An act relating to businesses and professions – licensing of behavior analysts
Rhode Island Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Committee
Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis
Utah Psychologist Licensing Board
Utah Association for Behavior Analysis
Vermont Office of Professional Regulation
Vermont H 282
Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis
Board of Medicine
Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis
Washington State Department of Health
Washington SB 5488
Washington State Department of Health
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wisconsin Association for Behavior Analysis