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The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 523–538 | Cite as

A History of the Professional Credentialing of Applied Behavior Analysts

  • James M. Johnston
  • James E. Carr
  • Fae H. Mellichamp
Original Research

Abstract

The need for a credible professional credential became apparent early in the history of applied behavior analysis. The first efforts to develop a system that identified behavior-analytic practitioners having a specified level of expertise in the profession began in the early 1970s. Over the years, a number of credentialing initiatives were developed in an effort to meet the profession’s growing needs for a means of establishing a meaningful professional identity. This article reviews the evolution of these initiatives, culminating with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the more recent movement toward state licensure.

Keywords

BACB Behavior analyst certification board Certification Credentialing Licensure 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The second and third authors are employed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, one of the article’s main topics.

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Copyright information

© Association for Behavior Analysis International 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Johnston
    • 1
    • 2
  • James E. Carr
    • 3
  • Fae H. Mellichamp
    • 3
  1. 1.Auburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  2. 2.KnoxvilleUSA
  3. 3.Behavior Analyst Certification BoardCOUSA

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