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.

Verified Course Sequence Program

A Verified Course Sequence (VCS) is a set of courses that has been verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International as meeting specific coursework requirements, content hours, and faculty standards.


Behavior Analyst Certification Board

Completion of 5th Edition VCS coursework meets the BACB's coursework eligibility criteria (Pathway 2) for either BCBA or BCaBA examination applications. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. 


Please see the BACB's website to review the BCBA and BCaBA eligibility requirements and review the BACB's resource "Guidance for Those Applying for BCaBA/BCBA Certification During the 2022 Transition" for additional information.


VCS content hour requirements for BACB examination applications

BCBA Level Content Areas

BCaBA Level Content Areas


VCS and Accreditation

Verification indicates that coursework meets the minimum content-hour requirements for eligibility criteria. Accreditation is a peer-review process guided by standards in which a program completes a comprehensive review of the overall coursework, faculty, research, curriculum, experiential learning, and outcome measures of the overall program. Although complete programs that contain a VCS may apply for accreditation from ABAI, it is not required.


VCS Outcomes

  • Completion of a VCS may not grant completion of a degree; a university or institution awards the degree after all institutional requirements are met. 
  • Completion of a VCS does not authorize an individual to become certified, licensed, or credential. Specific country, state, or third-party requirements must be met. 
  • Completion of a BACB VCS does not grant approval of an examination application. Each application is reviewed by the BACB and includes additional requirements
  • Completion of a BACB VCS does not award BACB certification. Certificates of completion provided by a program or university are not to be confused with BACB certification. 
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