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.

Licensing Resources

ABAI Affiliate Licensing Committee


The committee serves as a resource related to licensure of behavior analysts by state agencies. Issues regarding which the committee might provide assistance include developing and/or reviewing legislation, lobbying strategies and tactics, developing alliances with other groups, developing and/or reviewing regulations to implement licensure, legislative monitoring, maintenance and defense of licensure, and addressing sunset review of licensure statues and agencies.


Committee members have a wealth of real-world experience dealing with issues related to addressing behavior analyst credentialling, especially behavior analyst licensure, in multiple states and nations. Their experiences include drafting legislation, working with legislators and various agencies and advocacy groups regarding credentialing and licensure, testifying in legislative hearings, developing regulations for implementing licensure, and serving on boards overseeing behavior analyst licensure.


Assistance of the ABAI Licensing Committee is provided without charge to chapters. Access to assistance from the committee may be explored by contacting the Chair, Dr. Gordon Bourland at . The ABAI Licensing Committee operates under the ABAI Affiliate Chapters Board.


ABAI Licensing Committee Resources

The ABAI Licensing Committee compiles information related to credentialing of behavior analysts, primarily regarding licensure, for the benefit of ABAI affiliate chapters interested in the topic. The information is compiled primarily by members of the committee. Some items were specifically prepared by the committee and others were collected from various sources; in the latter case, the source of the material is indicated. Suggestions regarding other information to be added to these resources is welcomed. These resources are provided at no cost to ABAI affiliate chapters unless otherwise indicated.


NOTE: The opinions expressed in resources are not necessarily those of the ABAI Licensing Committee or ABAI unless indicated as specifically developed by the committee or other ABAI sources.



Gina Green and James M. Johnston, "A Primer on Professional Credentialing: Introduction to Invited Commentaries on Licensing Behavior Analysts"


Mark A. Mattaini, "Editorial: Licensing Behavior Analysts"


Derrick L. Hassert, Amanda N. Kelly, Joshua K. Pritchard, and Joseph D. Cautilli, "The Licensing of Behavior Analysts: Protecting the Profession and the Public"


Joseph Cautilli and Halina Dziewolska, "Editorial on Behavior Analytic Licensure: General Historical Issues of Why People Oppose Licensing and the Common Replies"


Joseph Cautilli and Michael Weinberg, "Editorial: To License or Not to License? That Is the Question: Or, If We Make a Profession, Will They Come?"


John M. Guercio and William J. Murray, "Licensure for Behavior Analysts: The Path to Responsible and Cooperative Action"


Modifed by Eddie Soh