Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Operations Overview for the ABAI Behavior Analyst Credentialing and Licensing Committee


Oversight and Structure

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Behavior Analyst Credentialing and Licensing Committee, under the Affiliated Chapters Board, comprises professionals with experience and expertise in developing and implementing procedures regarding public policy for licensing behavior analysts. Members are appointed by the ABAI Executive Council.


Professional Relationships and Limitations

What We Do

The committee provides assistance and resources to ABAI affiliated chapters concerning licensure of behavior analysts by government entities. (In some areas terms other than “license” are used, but have similar implications and responsibilities.) This assistance may include in-person or remote consultation, presentations, help with licensure promotion and maintenance, and workshops and other training activities. The committee also serves as a resource for the ABAI Executive Council, Affiliated Chapters Board, and CEO.


How We Work

The committee provides its assistance upon request. It does not provide legal counsel or services. The committee works collaboratively and collegially with those requesting its services and other agencies or committees with similar goals.


Code of Conduct

Committee members render services in a manner consistent with the ethical codes of professional groups to which they belong or by which they are certified or licensed (such as the Behavior Analyst Certification Board).



The committee does not charge for its services. Chapters requesting in-person consultation may be asked to cover committee members’ travel expenses.


Conflict Resolution Process

If leaders of an organization working with the committee are dissatisfied with services or the professional relationship, they are requested first to discuss the situation with relevant committee members. If a satisfactory resolution is not achievable, they are requested to contact the committee chair (if this is not a person with whom the concern arose). If the situation remains unresolved, it should be brought to the attention of the ABAI CEO and Executive Council.



Modifed by Eddie Soh