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 will ABAI begin accepting new VCS applications and renewals?
As of January 1, 2019, ABAI VCS accepts new applications and renewals.
What are the procedures for 2019 renewals?
VCS Coordinators will be contacted with the renewal due dates. All renewals will occur on our online application system. All institutional and course information is requested to be updated at the time of the renewal application.
If the BACB verified my sequence in 2018, will I need to reapply to ABAI?
ABAI will assume the VCS system in its entirety, including the remainder of a sequence’s renewal period. All sequences will be required to maintain their status by completing the renewal process with ABAI in 2019.
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.
When will the VCS logo change?
Existing VCSs may use the BACB’s VCS logo until they renew with ABAI in 2019. Once verified by ABAI, a new logo will be issued.
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 will ABAI’s fee structure be and when will it be implemented?
ABAI will begin implementing modest fees for all VCSs, new and renewing applications, beginning January 1, 2020, as follows:
BCBA or BCaBA
ABAI Accredited Programs
|Annual Renewal Fee