BABAT is firmly committed to the certification of behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts. Sound certification practices have been established by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board ® (BACB) . The BACB is an independent, not-for-profit agency that is accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies, the accrediting arm of the National Organization for Competency Assurance. The BACB has established conduct guidelines for responsible conduct that BABAT endorses. The BACB functions similarly to a licensing board and supports the prudent establishment of licensure for behavior analysts. Licensure is a complicated process where rules and regulations are developed within an individual state, often by persons unfamiliar with the licensed profession. Therefore, there are many significant risks to establishing licensure despite the potential benefits. In an effort to guide parties interested in seeking licensure, the BACB has developed a model act for licensing behavior analysts . BABAT endorses the BACB’s model act.
Given the rapid growth in our field due primarily to the increased demand for behavioral intervention for persons with autism spectrum disorders, it is critically important that professional practice of behavior analysis is promoted. Towards this end, BABAT has become an affiliate organization of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA). APBA is an organization developed to serve the needs of professional behavior analysts (those certified by the BACB and other qualified professionals). APBA aims to represent the interests of behavior analysts by providing resources and support for professional behavior analysts. Among the goals of APBA is to work with federal, state, governmental, and third-party agencies to promote the interests of professional behavior analysts. As our field expands these services will be critically important and BABAT supports both the BACB and APBA because we feel they are in the best position to further our practice and behavior analysis.