The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 87–101 | Cite as

The Professional Credential in Behavior Analysis

  • Gerald L. Shook


The quality of behavior analysis is of interest to many individuals within the community. Other professionals are including behavior analysis in their credentials and excluding from practice those qualified behavior analysts who do not have their credentials. Existing credentialing programs do not seem to regulate behavior analysis adequately. This article examines reasons for a professional credential in behavior analysis, various components of credentialing programs, the forms of programs available, and alternative professional credentials for behavior analysts.

Key words

credentialing certification accreditation ethics licensing registration 


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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald L. Shook
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  1. 1.Shook & Associates and Community EnvironmentsTallahasseeUSA

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