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What type of accreditation does QABA® have?
Most accrediting bodies of certification programs accredit the credentialing program not the overseeing entity or credentialing board. In this case, the QABA® is seeking accreditation of its two certification programs, the Qualified Autism Services Practitioner ™ (QASP®) and the Applied Behavior Analysis ™ (ABAT®) from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) http://www.ansi.org/, and the credentialing branch of the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE), the National Council on Certifying Agencies (NCCA). http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/ncca.
When is accreditation expected for the ABAT® and the QASP® credentials?
The ANSI and NCCA Applications for the ABAT® are currently being finalized with our Credentialing Team and Psychometric Consultants. Submission is expected by the end of August 2015. Shortly thereafter, we will be finalizing our application for the QASP, and submission is expected by the end of x, 2016.
Who governs QABA®?
Both ANSI and NCCA allow the credentialing arm of a legal entity to operate within the requirements of a credentialing body. However, the governance structure, policies, and procedures must 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. For NCCA, 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:
· Parent organization has control over certification body geographical location;
· Parent organization has hiring responsibility for Executive Director of certification body; and
· Parent organization has control over certification body finances assuming sufficient funds are supplied to run the certification business in compliance with the standards.
The QABA® Board has both elected and appointed board members, and operates within its own QABA® Bylaws.
Where can I find the published QABA® Bylaws?
ANSI and NCCA Standards do not require the publication of the Bylaws, however once the application process is completed and the ABAT® and QASP® are accredited, the QABA® Board will make the Bylaws available upon request.
How are QABA® Board members elected or appointed: Board members may be appointed and elected to the QABA® Board according to the QABA® Bylaws which are based on parliamentary procedures which include a nominating committee. The term for a member is 3 years.
Are the members of the Governing Committee compensated for their work on the QABA® Board?
With the exception of the President/CEO, all board members are voluntary positions and are not compensated other than for out of pocket expenses related to such things as travel and accommodation etc. All QABA® Board members are required to disclose their relevant financial or nonfinancial relationship(s). These disclosures are posted on the website.
Who developed the following, what is their training and expertise in behavior analysis, professional testing, and professional credentialing, and what procedures were followed for development of each?
The ANSI and NCCA Accreditation process is comprehensive, costly, and resource intensive. QABA® has engaged subject matter experts as well as psychometric consultation in all aspects of the ANSI and NCCA Accreditation process. Once QABA® has completed, submitted and the ABAT® and QASP® are accredited all required information will be published on the website.
Is the Practice Analysis, Test Item Development and Cut Score Reports available?
The QABA® is undergoing the accreditation process and until such time that accreditation is achieved all processes and procedures will remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process and prevent the sharing of misinformation. ANSI and NCCA require publication of a summary of the practice analysis not the full report.
How are ABAT® and QASP® credentialing examinations conducted?
QABA® has outsourced the proctoring to a third party, Examity. You can find the information regarding the examination logistics on the website. Candidates may schedule their credentialing examination at their convenience however as with all credentialing examinations, there are specific requirements at the time of testing some of which include location, computer specifications, time restrictions, and examination protocols.
Does QABA® have a code of ethics, and how is it enforced?
QABA® enforces all of the elements of the Code of Ethics. Grievances and Appeals are part of the ABAT® and QASP® Handbook and will be published on the website once accreditation is received. In regards to oversight, all ABAT®s and QASP®s are required to be listed on the ABA Registry (past and present including status) after being formally credentialed by the Board during their quarterly meetings. The QABA® Board has also taken an additional step in contracting with a third party, Comprehensive Screening Solutions, to complete screening on all candidates.