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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 FAQ

Why is the VCS system being transferred 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 is now ready to assume the operation of the VCS system.


Will the coursework requirements for VCS continue to meet BACB coursework standard?

Yes. The purpose of the VCS system is to streamline processing of examination applications and identify training programs that meet BACB coursework requirements. As such, the VCS requirements will continue to mirror the BACB’s coursework requirements for BCBA and BCaBA examination eligibility.


What will the procedures be for 2018 renewals?

The BACB will process all 2018 renewals. Sequences due to renew after December 1, 2018 (i.e., those due on 12/31/18) will be redistributed to an earlier renewal date. Affected sequences will be contacted individually by the BACB.


If the BACB verifies my sequence in 2018, will I need to reapply to ABAI?

No. ABAI will assume the VCS system in its entirety, including the remainder of a sequence’s renewal period. Sequences that obtain VCS status prior to December 1, 2018 will retain their status as ABAI assumes the operations of the system. All sequences will be required to maintain their status by completing the renewal process with ABAI beginning in 2019.


To whom should I apply for VCS status under the 5th edition Coursework Requirements?

The BACB will be accepting applications for the 5th edition VCS status in 2018, with a specific date announced to the listserv soon. at the time of a sequence’s 2018 renewal. Sequences that do not submit a 5th edition application to the BACB in 2018 may submit them to ABAI beginning in 2019.


When will the BACB stop accepting VCS applications and renewals?

New VCS applications or those due for renewal in 2018 must submit their information to the BACB before December 1, 2018. ABAI will manage 2019 renewals beginning January 1, 2019.


When will ABAI begin accepting new VCS applications and renewals?

ABAI will begin accepting new and renewal VCS applications on January 1, 2019.


When will the BACB-VCS-Information-Exchange listserv stop being active?

The BACB listserv will end on December 1, 2018 and ABAI will establish its own listserv on the same day, for a seamless transfer of communication.


When will the VCS logo change?

Existing VCSs may use the BACB’s VCS logo until December 31, 2018. After that date, the BACB logo should be replaced with ABAI’s new VCS logo.


Will ABAI require that VCSs obtain ABAI Accreditation?

No. These systems were established for and maintain distinctly different functions. Although VCSs 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 a self-study after reviewing the ABAI Accreditation Board standards found on our website: Once eligibility for accreditation has been stablished, 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 new and renewing applications beginning January 1, 2020, as follows:






ABAI Accredited Programs

Application Fee $500 $250 $125 $0
Annual Renewal Fee $250 $125 $65 $0
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