Verified Course Sequence FAQ
Why did the VCS system transfer to ABAI?
It is customary practice for a professional association to oversee training-program standards in a discipline. ABAI has always been committed to fostering high-quality education in behavior analysis and, in addition to the accreditation of degree programs, now manages the VCS system.
Will the coursework requirements for VCS continue to meet BACB coursework standard?
Yes. The purpose of the VCS system is to identify academic training programs that include all coursework requirements of certification and credentialing bodies. As such, the VCS requirements will continue to mirror the BACB’s coursework requirements for BCBA and BCaBA examination eligibility.
When did ABAI begin managing the VCS system?
As of January 1, 2019, ABAI VCS accepts new applications and renewals.
What does a "Retired" course sequence mean?
Beginning January 1, 2022, the BACB’s 5th edition requirements will go into effect. Therefore, many programs have been updating their sequences to meet these new and increased requirements. A sequence with "retired" means that previous iterations of coursework, under the 4th edition, are no longer being offered. We are using the term "retired" to refer to sequences that are no longer being offered for a variety of reasons including the transition to 5th edition. This does not mean that this coursework cannot be used to sit for the examination. Coursework itself, does not expire and can be used to fulfill current and future coursework requirements for examination applications. However, the sequence itself is no longer (or will no longer be) offered in its entirety.
What do the course start and end dates mean?
Start dates indicate the first time the individual course/module was offered as verified, with those edition-specific content hours. End dates indicate the last time the individual course/module was offered as verified, with those edition-specific content hours. End dates are not listed if the course is still being offered. The start and end dates are used by the BACB to confirm content hours for each course when processing examination applications. The course start and end dates are not the same as the sequence's renewal/approval dates (those are for administrative purposes).
How do I start a VCS?
First, review the VCS eligibility criteria on our website. Then, you may begin or email us for additional guidance and consultation before beginning the application. We encourage all programs outside of the U.S. to contact us prior to submission of an application.
When should I apply for VCS status under the 5th edition Coursework Requirements?
This depends on your program’s timeline to begin offering 5th edition coursework. Please note that the BACB’s new 5th edition requirements go into effect January 1, 2022, therefore students planning to apply for examination after that date must meet the 5th edition requirements. Students who complete a 5th edition VCS are eligible to apply for certification under the BACB’s 4th edition requirements prior to January 1, 2022.
Which VCS logo do I use?
ABAI manages two VCSs, one for culturo-behavior science and another for BACB coursework. Each has its own VCS logo which is provided to the program coordinator upon verification and renewal.
Will ABAI require that VCSs obtain ABAI Accreditation?
No. These systems were established for and maintain distinctly different functions. Although complete degree programs with a VCS may apply for accreditation from ABAI, it will not be required.
If I coordinate a VCS, how can I become ABAI-accredited?
VCS Coordinators can pursue ABAI accreditation by submitting an eligibility request and completing a self-study after reviewing the ABAI Accreditation Board standards found on our website: accreditation.abainternational.org. Once eligibility for accreditation has been established, the self-study has been submitted, and accreditation fees have been paid, a team of Site Visitors will be assigned to visit the program to verify and collect additional information related to the Board's accreditation standards. Following the visit, the Site Visitors will compose a Site Visit Report and this report will be sent to the Program Administrator who will have an opportunity to respond. The Site Visit Report, Program Administrator Response, and any other relevant materials will then be sent to the ABAI Accreditation Board where a decision about the program's accreditation status will be made at the next scheduled Board meeting. Programs should plan for about a year between the submission of the self-study and a decision about accreditation.
What are the fees associated with a VCS?
Effective January 1, 2020, the fee schedule is as follows:
BCBA or BCaBA
ABAI Accredited Programs
|Annual Renewal Fee