Behavior Analyst Licensing/Regulating Authorities
Within the United States, certificants should contact their state professional association or the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts regarding licensure laws specific to their geographical location. The following links may be useful in determining whether a behavior analyst has been disciplined by a Behavior Analyst licensing authority. Please note, several US states regulatory licensing boards display disciplinary actions on their websites, while other authorities require a written request for information.
Note: Some authorities only recently passed laws requiring Behavior Analysts to be licensed and do not include a link because policies are not yet in place. The BACB does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of the information conveyed in the links above.
Model Act for Licensing/Regulating Behavior Analysts
If your state is considering licensure or another form of regulation of individuals certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, please contact the BACB. Each state has a unique legislative process and there is a great deal of variability in how professionals may be regulated. Contacting the BACB early in the process will help ensure that the proposed regulatory system is consistent with current BACB standards and that the proposed title use does not infringe upon the BACB’s registered trademarks.
This Model Act is provided for general information purposes and is designed to cover the primary areas and approaches that commonly appear in professional regulation. The BACB welcomes the opportunity to comment on and help support proposed legislation, rules, and regulations that will strengthen the behavior analysis profession and the overall value and recognition of the BACB’s credentials. The BACB may also be able to provide you with additional information about BACB certification and help educate legislators and stakeholders about the different credentials offered by the BACB.
Statutes of this type generally specify details such as requirements for obtaining and renewing the license, fees, ethical and disciplinary standards, complaint and investigatory procedures, and sanctions that can be imposed on credentialed individuals. It is also common for statutory language to be fairly broad and brief, and for the governmental body that administers the license to promulgate regulations or rules that articulate the details. Much of the language that appears in this Model Act could be used in regulations or rules instead of, or in addition to, statutes.
Please also note that the BACB is available to assist states with specific regulatory requirements, such as conducting mandatory criminal background checks and/or testing candidates on local laws and rules. Such provisions should always be coordinated with the BACB prior to introduction of specific legislation.