A History of the Professional Credentialing of Applied Behavior Analysts

Johnston, J.M.; Carr, J.E.; Mellichamp, F.H.

Behavior Analyst 40(2): 523-538


ISSN/ISBN: 0738-6729
PMID: 31976964
DOI: 10.1007/s40614-017-0106-9
Accession: 069745250

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The need for a credible professional credential became apparent early in the history of applied behavior analysis. The first efforts to develop a system that identified behavior-analytic practitioners having a specified level of expertise in the profession began in the early 1970s. Over the years, a number of credentialing initiatives were developed in an effort to meet the profession's growing needs for a means of establishing a meaningful professional identity. This article reviews the evolution of these initiatives, culminating with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the more recent movement toward state licensure.