The Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board is a committee established in 2012 by Innovative Learning LLC’s Governing Board of Directors 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 the national standards for boards that grant professional credentials and operates with all governing authority as detailed in the Credentialing Board's Bylaws. The QABA© 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 QABA© Credentialing Board oversees the certification of the Qualified Autism Services Practitioner (QASP) and Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT) credential programs.
The QASP and ABAT Credential program has evolved from the need to recognize those individuals who have had specific education and training in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and are providing behavior health services under the supervision of a licensed or certified professional, such as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or licensed Psychologist within the scope of practice of ABA. The QASP and ABAT Credential provide a mechanism for all stakeholders including families, providers, funding sources to ensure those providing direct services to individuals diagnosed with Autism have demonstrated competency in those areas meeting educational, ethical, and supervision requirements for paraprofessional certification.
The QABA Credentialing Board was established as a result of the transition of the QASP and ABA Technician Credential Programs’ from a “certificate” to a “certification” program. The College of Applied Human Services was established in 2007 to deliver evidenced-based, competency-tested online ABA and related evidenced-based training programs. An evidenced based, peer reviewed training program was developed to address this growing need in the Human Services Sector. This certificate program was initially identified as the Qualified Autism Services Practitioner Credential (QASP). It is from here that the QABA Credentialing Board was established as well as the QASP and ABA Technician credentialing process.
The QABA Credentialing Board is now a completely separate, independent and self governing body. Although the CoAHS online ABA training programs still meet all of the coursework requirements for the QASP and the ABA Technician credentialing process, other coursework or training programs can be approved as meeting this requirement. The CoAHS is only one entity that offers coursework and training programs that will meet the QASP and ABA Technician credentialing requirements.
The QASP and ABAT credentialing examination is offered by the QABA Credentialing Board. The examination is offered online and is accessible once all eligibility requirements are met.