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Licensed Behavior Analysts

Description:

A Licensed Behavior Analysts designs, implements and evaluates environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior, including the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relationship between environment and behavior, pursuant to a diagnosis and prescription or order from a person who is licensed or otherwise authorized to provide such diagnosis and prescription or ordering services pursuant to a profession enumerated in Article 167, for the purpose of providing behavioral health treatment for persons with autism and autism spectrum disorders and related disorders.

Licensure Requirements:

Any use of the title "licensed behavior analyst" within New York State requires licensure.

The specific requirements for licensure/certification are contained in section 8804 of New York's Education Law and Subpart 79-17 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Pathway to Licensure

There were two pathways to licensure for licensed behavior analysts.

Pathway One (Grandparenting provisions - No Longer Available): This Pathway was available for applicants who submitted an application to the Department before January 9, 2016. Applicants who meet the requirements for licensure/certification as a licensed behavior analyst or as a certified behavior analyst assistant, except for examination, experience and education, and who were certified or registered by a national certifying body that has certification or registration standards acceptable to the Commissioner of Education, such as the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), could have been licensed using this pathway without meeting additional requirements as to examination, experience and education, if they met the following requirements established by section 8804 of New York's Education Law:

  • Submitted an Application for Licensure/Certification (Form1) before January 9, 2016
  • Submitted the required fee for licensure/certification and registration before January 9, 2016
  • Age: be at least 21 years of age by the date of licensure/certification
  • Moral Character: be of good moral character as determined by the Department and submitted an attestation of moral character

Although Pathway One has expired, the licenses and certifications issued under it will not.

Note: Although evidence of completion of the required training on the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment was not required for a license/certification to be issued under this pathway, evidence of such training will be required at the time of registration renewal when the initial three-year registration is due to expire.

Pathway Two (standard licensing provisions): The New York State Board of Regents have adopted regulations to implement the statutory requirements for licensure and certification for this Pathway. Unlike Pathway One, this pathway does not expire. Applicants may be licensed/certified as licensed behavioral analysts or certified behavioral analyst assistants if they meet the following requirements established by section 8804 of New York's Education Law and Subpart 79-17 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

  • Submit an Application for Licensure/Certification (Form1)
  • Submit the licensure/certification and registration required fee established for licensed behavior analysts or certified behavior analyst assistants
  • Education: Submit a Certification of Professional Education (Form 2) to document that you have received an education, including a bachelor's or higher degree for a certified behavior analyst assistant or a master's or higher degree for a licensed behavior analyst, from a program registered by the Department or determined by the Department to be substantially equivalent to such a program, in accordance with the Commissioner's Regulations
  • Experience: Submit a Report of Professional Experience (Form 4) to document that you have experience in the practice of applied behavior analysis satisfactory to the Board and Department in accordance with the Commissioner's Regulations
  • Examination: pass an examination acceptable to the Board and the Department in accordance with the Commissioner's Regulations
  • Submit evidence of completion of the required training on the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  • Age: Be at least 21 years of age by the date of licensure/certification
  • Moral Character: be of good moral character as determined by the Department and submit an attestation of moral character

Answers to questions regarding the process of licensure, certification and practice in these professions can be found on our web site.

Fees (as of November 2, 2016)

The fee for licensure and first registration as a licensed behavior analyst is $300.
The fee for a limited permit for a licensed behavior analyst is $70.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2014, there were 795 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 567 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there are 1,387 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Applied Behavior Analysis Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 592
Fax: (518) 402-2323
E-mail: opunit5@nysed.gov

Standard Occupational Classification:

25-2059 - Adapted Physical Education Specialists
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Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was posted on 11/28/16.

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