The Qualified Applied Behavior Analyst (QABA©) Certification 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 detailed in Innovative Learning LLC, Board of Directors Bylaws. The QABA© certification 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© Certification 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 Certification 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 is a division of Innovative Learning LLC and 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 Certification Board was established as well as the QASP and ABA Technician credentialing process.
The QABA© Certification Board now acts as a separate body with separate autonomy from Innovative Learning LLC’s College of Applied Human Services. This autonomy has been granted by the Board of Directors. The final process of credentialing and the administration of the QASP and ABA Technician Examination is independent of all established coursework and training requirements.
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 CoAHS online ABA Training Programs are offered separate from the QABA Certification Board. Completion of the CoAHS online ABA Training Program does not guarantee certification.
The QASP and ABA credentialing examination is offered by the QABA Certification Board. The examination is offered online and is accessible once all eligibility requirements are met.
The governance structure, policies, and procedures provide for autonomy in decision making regarding important aspects of all certification programs such as eligibility standards; the development, administration, and scoring of the assessment instruments; selection of personnel; and operational processes. The intent of Standard 2 and Essential Element B is to ensure that proper mechanisms are in place to prevent undue influence over essential certification decisions. Although the parent organization has control over office location, hiring of personnel and finances, it is assured that compliance with the Standard is maintained at all times insuring that policies and procedures in place provide for autonomy in essential certification decision making.
The NCCA Standard 2, Essential Element B allows for: