American National Standards Institute accredits critical personnel certification provided by the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board
Buellton, CA, December 7, 2017 – The Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA Board) announced today that its Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT) certification program has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the ISO/IEC 17024 standard. The ABAT certification program, which recognizes practitioners who serve individuals with autism, utilizes online proctoring services provided by Examity, a pioneer in remote proctoring. This represents the first-ever ANSI accreditation of a personnel certification program in the behavioral health sector that makes use of such proctoring.
“ANSI accreditation represents the gold standard for rigor and accountability, a critical process for authenticating the skills and competencies of providers – and ensuring that children and families living with autism can have absolute confidence in the qualifications of certified professionals,” said Dr. Michael Reid, creator of the QABA Board. “Our partnership with Examity will enable students at QABA Board-certified providers to complete assessments wherever they are while maintaining the highest levels of security and exam integrity, expanding access to training and enabling more practitioners to provide applied behavior analysis.”
In recent years, 46 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws mandating that health insurance providers cover the cost of care for children living with autism. Such requirements have fueled increased demand for therapy providers and, in some cases, strained established systems for training and certifying qualified professionals.
“ANSI commends Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA Board) for achieving accreditation and demonstrating its commitment to the continual improvement of its certification programs,” said Dr. Vijay Krishna, the Senior Director, Personnel Credentialing Accreditation Programs at ANSI. “Accreditation by ANSI demonstrates compliance to a rigorous internationally recognized accreditation process and creates a valuable market distinction for these credentials.”
The QABA Board makes use of the reliability and security of Examity’s unique proctoring platform, which is used by colleges and universities worldwide including Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, and Yale to make online assessments more secure, efficient, and reliable. Access to Examity’s flexible remote proctoring services not only increases access for students in remote areas, but also drives down the cost of test administration by enabling students to take assessments on their own schedules, without the need to visit test centers.
“With a growing number of learners accessing educational opportunities online, remote proctoring plays an increasingly critical role in ensuring the quality and integrity of assessments,” said Michael London, Founder and CEO of Examity. “We are proud to support the QABA Board’s efforts to increase access and provide high-quality care to children with autism across the country.”
About the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board
The Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board is a committee established in 2012 to meet para-professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, ABA providers, insurance providers, government departments, and consumers of behavior analysis and behavior health services. The QABA© board adheres to international standards for boards that grant professional credentials and credentialing procedures and content have undergone psychometric review and validation, job practice analysis survey of the profession and standards established by content experts in the field.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.
The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
Examity was founded to meet the needs of the growing number of online education and certification programs looking to ensure integrity. Examity provides a cost effective and flexible test integrity solution including live, recorded and automated options. Examity’s proprietary solution, examiGO®, streamlines the authentication process using leading-edge mobile technology to confirm identification. Since its founding five years ago, Examity has partnered with 300+ institutions and certification programs worldwide. For more information, visit Examity.com or follow the company on Twitter @examity.