Behavior Analysis Licensure

Graduate behavior analysis licensing requirements

The Global Institute for Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno is an ABAI-accredited program and is also a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) approved through ABAI. Our program’s curriculum may lead to certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and to licensure eligibility in Nevada and many other states.

Information regarding BCBA certification

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) certifies individuals who reside in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Completion of our program ensures that you will meet the educational requirements for certification. However, the program may not meet other requirements (such as supervised experience). Students intending to obtain their BCBA certification are encouraged to review the requirements outlined at BACB.com.

Information regarding state licensure

Licensure in most states is based upon your BCBA certification. Although most states recognize graduating from a VCS-approved program and holding a BCBA certification to be sufficient evidence that an application to licensure meets the educational and experience requirements for licensure in their jurisdiction, some state boards have additional requirements beyond ABAI VCS requirements. Students may be able to meet specific educational requirements while enrolled in the Behavior Analysis Program by tailoring their electives and securing practical experiences that will meet the requirements of the licensure board for the given state to which you are applying.

If you intend to pursue licensure in Nevada or in another state, we HIGHLY advise you to contact the applicable state licensing board to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and to determine its eligibility criteria.

Contact information for every state licensing board is provided in the table below.

Behavior Analysis Licensure Table
State Does the Program Meet the Educational Requirements for Licensure? State Board Contact Number
Alabama Yes Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology 1-800-392-0821
Alaska Yes Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (907) 465-8444
Arizona Yes Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners (602) 542-8162
Arkansas License Not Required* no license, but may require BACB certification
California License Not Required*
Colorado License Not Required*
Connecticut Yes Connecticut Department of Public Health (860) 509-7603
Delaware License Not Required* no license, but does require BACB certification to provide Autism spectrum treatment
District of Columbia License Not Required*
Florida License Not Required* no license, but may require BACB certification
Georgia License Not Required*
Guam Has not been determined
Hawaii Yes Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Behavior Analyst Program (808) 586-2704
Idaho License Not Required*
Illinois License Not Required* no license, but does require BACB certification. Possible upcoming legislation. (888) 473-4858
Indiana License Not Required* no license, but may require BACB certification. Upcoming regulation to require license. (317) 234-2054
Iowa Yes Iowa Department of Public Health, Board of Behavioral Science (515) 281-0254
Kansas Yes Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (785) 296-3240
Kentucky Yes Kentucky Applied Behavior Analysis Licensing Board (502) 892-4249
Louisiana Yes Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board (225) 295-8413
Maine License Not Required*
Maryland Yes The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists (410) 764-2400
Massachusetts Yes Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals (617) 701-8683
Michigan Yes Michigan Board of Behavior Analysts (517) 335-9700
Minnesota License Not Required* no license, but does require BACB certification
Mississippi Yes Mississippi Autism Board/Mississippi Licensing Board for the Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis (601) 359-6792
Missouri Yes Missouri Division of Professional Registration, Behavior Analyst Advisory Board (573) 526-5804
Montana Yes Montana Board of Psychologists (406) 444-6880
Nebraska License Not Required* may require provisional licensure as a mental health practitioner according to U of Omaha program page (402) 471-2117
Nevada Yes Nevada Applied Behavior Analysis Board (775) 687-4210
New Hampshire License Not Required*
New Jersey Yes Upcoming regulation
New Mexico License Not Required*
New York Yes State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis (518) 474-3817, ext. 150
North Carolina Has not been determined North Carolina Psychology Board (828) 262-2258
North Dakota Yes North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners (701) 214-5580
Ohio Yes Ohio Board of Psychology (614) 466-8809
Oklahoma Yes Oklahoma Licensed Behavior Analyst Board (405) 882-8620
Oregon Yes Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board (503) 373-1989
Pennsylvania Yes Department of Human Services 1-800-692-7462
Puerto Rico License Not Required*
Rhode Island Yes Rhode Island Department of Health, Board of Applied Behavior Analysts (401) 222-2828
South Carolina License Not Required*
South Dakota Yes South Dakota Dept. of Social Services, Applied Behavior Analyst Advisory Committee (605) 642-1600
Tennessee Yes Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Committee (615) 741-5735
Texas Yes Texas Behavior Analyst Advisory Board (512) 463-6599
Utah Yes Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (801) 530-6628
Vermont Yes Office of Professional Regulation (802) 828-1505
Virgin Islands License Not Required*
Virginia Yes Virginia Department of Health Professions Board of Medicine (804) 367-4400
Washington Yes Washington State Dept. of Health (360) 236-4700
West Virginia License Not Required*
Wisconsin Yes State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (608) 266-2112
Wyoming License Not Required*