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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 Application



The Verified Course Sequence (VCS) application system will be available January 1, 2019.



VCS Eligibility Criteria


If the answer is 'yes' to all the questions your program is eligible to apply for VCS.


  1. Does the proposed course sequence exist in an accredited educational institution?
    • Proposed course sequences inside of the U.S. must be accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). You may search CHEA’s database to find colleges, universities and other higher education institutions accredited by recognized U.S. accrediting organizations:
    • Proposed course sequences outside of the U.S. must maintain an equivalent standard of training as determined by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. You may contact us for further information to verify equivalencies.
  2. Does the proposed course sequence have a proposed VCS Coordinator who meets the following criteria?
    • Meet one of the instruction qualifications (see below);
    • Hold full-time faculty status at the institution in which the VCS is housed;
    • Hold a doctoral degree from an accredited higher education institution (VCS Coordinators for standalone BCaBA sequences may hold a master's degree or higher);
    • Be authorized by the academic or administrative head of the institutional unit (e.g., department, college) to make decisions, including financial, on behalf of the proposed course sequence and all its students, instructors, and supervisors. A letter of verification will be required (a template is available).
  3. Do the courses contain behavior-analytic content that meets the specific task-list edition and coursework-level requirements?
  4. Do all course syllabi have the following (at minimum)?
    • Title of course
    • Instructor name
    • Course schedule that clearly indicates content covered during each period
    • A list of the behavior-analytic readings
    • Course objectives
  5. Have you reviewed the VCS Handbook?



VCS Application: General Requirements


Please review the general requirements for the VCS application. The VCS Coordinator may save and return to the VCS application as needed.


VCS Coordinator:

  • ABAI Portal Account (free to sign up/membership not required)
  • University/institution email address
  • Coordinator Agreement/Attestation (completed in the application)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Full-time faculty verification letter



  • ABAI Portal Account (free to sign up/membership not required)
  • University/institution email address
  • Review of VCS Instructor qualifications
  • Qualification documentation
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Review Instructor Agreement/Attestation



  • Identifiable content areas in each course syllabus
  • Submission of student learning outcomes (task list items) in each course
  • Submission of behavior analytic readings/text in each course
  • Submission of course objectives in each course





VCS Instructor Qualifications


VCS instructors must meet one of the following criteria to teach in the VCS:


  1. Hold BCBA or BCBA-D certification.
  2. Hold a doctoral degree and have completed coursework requirements for BCBA Option 1 applications.
  3. Have completed at least three years (cumulative) of full-time work as a faculty member at an accredited higher education institution within a five-year period and meet the current requirements for BCBA Option 2 applications.
  4. Be enrolled in a behavior-analytic doctoral program (e.g., an ABAI accredited doctoral program) at the applying university or at another university with a BCBA-level VCS, with all coursework requirements complete.
  5. Hold a doctoral degree from a program accredited by ABAI.
  6. Hold a doctoral degree, in a relevant discipline, from an accredited higher education institution and hold a faculty position in a program accredited by ABAI.
  7. Hold a doctoral degree from an accredited higher education institution and have established, over a period of at least five years after receipt of the degree, a track record of meritorious contributions in behavior analysis. 

Please see the VCS handbook for additional instructor qualification information. 


By serving both U.S. and non-U.S. programs, ABAI's role is to establish the minimum qualifications for instructors. Instructors must also meet requirements of their institution's regional/national accrediting agency. 



Modifed by Eddie Soh