Professional licensure and certification requirements can vary by state and territory. Additional licensure requirements may include professional examinations, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc. Students who are considering a program that may allow them to pursue professional licensure in the state or territory where they are currently located or where they plan to locate in the future should review the state’s or territory’s information below and contact the appropriate licensing agency to seek information and additional guidance.

State licensure requirements are also subject to change. Students should always check with their state licensure board to confirm licensure requirements.

Licensure and Certification Requirements by State

Updated: March 31, 2020.

Alabama (AL)

Alabama Behavior Analyst Licensing Board

The practice of behavior analysis in Alabama requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Alaska (AK)

Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

The practice of behavior analysis in Alaska requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Arizona (AZ)

Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners

The practice of behavior analysis in Arizona requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® and individuals who meet equivalent coursework and supervised work experience standards. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling

Licensed counselors and marriage and family therapists in Arkansas who are also Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® may apply for a specialization license to practice behavior analysis (see ABEC Rules and Regulations). 

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


California (CA)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

California does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice although bills have been proposed. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Colorado (CO)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

In Colorado, the practice of behavior analysis (ABA) is included under the practice of psychology as defined by the 2019 Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S. 12-245-303) and as governed by the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners.

However, behavior analysts do not have to be licensed psychologists in order to practice ABA. According to Colorado State Board of Registered Psychotherapists: News, “ABA practitioners (e.g., those certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board) are not required to register as a Psychotherapist unless they engage in the practice of psychotherapy as defined in section statute in addition to their ABA work” (ABA Requirements Defined). 

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is a well-recognized credential in Colorado. 

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification. 


Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut State Department of Public Health

The practice of behavior analysis in Connecticut requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Delaware (DE)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Delaware does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, state laws recognize only Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® as qualified autism service providers.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


District of Columbia (DC)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

The District of Columbia does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® are eligible for Medicaid compensation for ABA support services if supervision is provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, APRNS, or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW) (see DC Official Code Section 1919). 

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification. 


Florida (FL)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Florida does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Georgia (GA)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Georgia does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Hawaii (HI)

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

The practice of behavior analysis in Hawaii requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees, clearances, and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Idaho (ID)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Idaho does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification. 


Illinois (IL)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Illinois does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Indiana (IN)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Indiana does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Iowa (IA)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Iowa does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification. 


Kansas (KS)

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

The practice of behavior analysis in Kansas requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Kentucky (KY)

Office of Occupations and Professions

The practice of behavior analysis in Kentucky requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification. 


Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board

The practice of behavior analysis in Louisiana requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Maine (ME)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Maine does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, per Maine’s specific autism mandate, only behavior analysts with national board certification are eligible for insurance compensation of ABA services.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Maryland (MD)

Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists

The practice of behavior analysis in Maryland requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Massachusetts (MA)

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

The practice of behavior analysis in Massachusetts requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Michigan (MI)

Michigan Board of Behavior Analysts

The practice of behavior analysis in Michigan requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Minnesota (MN)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Minnesota does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, according to Minnesota’s Department of Human Services, “Interested providers must pursue training and certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).”

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® provides Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)® certification.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi Autism Board

The practice of behavior analysis in Mississippi requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Missouri (MO)

Behavior Analyst Advisory Board

The practice of behavior analysis in MIssouri requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Montana (MT)

Montana Board of Psychologists

The practice of behavior analysis in Montana requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. In addition, clinical supervised experience must be 100 hours above current BACB fieldwork requirements. Fees and other requirements also apply. 

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Nebraska (NE)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Nebraska does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment will only be eligible for insurance coverage if provided or supervised by either a behavior analyst certified by a national certifying organization or a licensed psychologist (Nebraska Revised Statute 44-7,106).

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Nevada (NV)

Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners

The practice of behavior analysis in Nevada requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


New Hampshire (NH)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

New Hampshire does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


New Jersey (NJ)

State Board of Applied Behavior Analyst Examiners (no website available yet)

New Jersey passed the Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Act in January 2020 (see New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis). The State Board of Applied Behavior Analyst Examiners will license behavior analysts. The next steps will be for the Board to develop the licensing regulations.

However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


New Mexico (NM)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

New Mexico does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


New York (NY)

New York State Education Department Office of the Professions

The practice of behavior analysis in New York requires a license issued by the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions. 

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA do not meet New York’s educational requirements for licensure.


North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina Psychology Board

In North Carolina, behavior analysis is included in the definition of the practice of psychology. An individual must be licensed in order to practice psychology, including behavior analysis. Behavior analysts who are not licensed psychologists may provide ancillary services under the supervision or employment of a licensed psychologist.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs do not lead to licensure as a psychologist.


North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners for Behavior Analysts

The practice of behavior analysis in North Dakota requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Oral exam, fees, and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Ohio (OH)

Ohio Board of Psychology

The practice of behavior analysis in Ohio requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® and to individuals who meet equivalent standards.  Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma Licensed Behavior Analyst Board

The practice of behavior analysis in Oklahoma requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Oregon (OR)

Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board

The practice of behavior analysis in Oregon requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine

Pennsylvania has licensing laws for behavior specialists but not for behavior analysts. Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® can be used to fulfill the requirements of a master’s degree or post-master’s degree, 90 hours of evidence-based coursework, and master’s degree or post-master’s degree in a related field. These requirements can also be met without BCBA certification.

Other PA licensing requirements include 1 year of functional behavior assessment experience and 1,000 hours of in-person experience with individuals with behavioral challenges or autism spectrum disorder. Both requirements may be fully or partially met through fulfilling BCBA fieldwork requirements or outside of BCBA fieldwork requirements.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification. 

Both the Master of Arts in ABA and the Graduate Certificate in ABA fulfill the 90 hours of evidence-based coursework without BCBA certification. The Master of Arts degree in ABA also fulfills the requirement for a master’s degree and the requirement for the master’s degree to be in a related field.


Rhode Island (RI)

Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board

The practice of behavior analysis in Rhode Island requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® and licensed psychologists. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, effective October 1, 2019, applied behavior analysis providers must be certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® in order to provide and bill for Medicaid state plan benefit autism spectrum disorder services.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners

The practice of behavior analysis in South Dakota requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee Department of Health’s Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Committee

The practice of behavior analysis in Tennessee requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Texas (TX)

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation

The practice of behavior analysis in Tennessee requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® and BCBA-Doctoral certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Utah (UT)

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

The practice of behavior analysis in Utah requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Vermont (VT)

Office of Professional Regulation

The practice of behavior analysis in Vermont requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® and to individuals who meet equivalent standards. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Virginia (VA)

Virginia Board of Medicine

The practice of behavior analysis in Virginia requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification. 


Washington (WA)

Department of Health

The practice of behavior analysis in Washington requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® and to individuals who meet equivalent standards. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


West Virginia (WV)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

West Virginia does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, effective September 1, 2018, applied behavior analysis providers must be certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® in order to provide and bill for Medicaid state plan benefit autism spectrum disorder services (Chapter 519.23 Applied Behavior Analysis).

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

The practice of behavior analysis in Wisconsin requires a license which is issued to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)® certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. Fees and other requirements also apply.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Wyoming (WY)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Wyoming does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


American Samoa (AS)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

American Samoa  does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Guam (GU)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Guam does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Northern Mariana Islands (MP)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Northern Mariana Islands does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Puerto Rico (PR)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Puerto Rico  does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.


Virgin Islands (VI)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Virgin Islands does not have any licensing laws to regulate behavior analysis practice. However, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® is the most highly-recognized credential in the field in this state and across the United States.

Cairn University’s Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Graduate Certificate in ABA programs both contain a course sequence verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to meet the coursework requirements for BCBA certification by the BACB. 

Graduates of either program will need to meet additional BCBA fieldwork requirements for eligibility to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, graduates of the Graduate Certificate in ABA must also possess an accredited Master’s degree to sit for the BCBA exam. Passing the BCBA exam is a requirement for BCBA certification.

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