ABAT® requirements

In order for a candidate to be eligable for the ABAT® credential, they must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent
  • Must have completed 40 Hours of approved Assessment based ABA Coursework (At least 3 hours must be devoted to Ethics and at least 5 hours to Autism specific treatment and support strategies.)
  • Training must be completed within 180 days unless otherwise specified
  • Training must be developed or delivered by a BCBA, or otherwise licensed professional within the scope of ABA and Autism
  • 15 Hours of Supervised Fieldwork 
  • Recommendation from their Supervisor
  • Criminal Background check conducted by the QABA® Board through 3rd party (CSS)
  • Successful passing of exam proctored by Examity
  • Agree to the Code of Ethics and Renewal and recertification requirements
  • Final review of all eligibility criteria at QABA® Board Committee Meeting before formal credentialing
  • Placement on Public Registry
  • Annual Renewal required – Verification of required CEs, Continued supervision, criminal background check and agreement to code of Ethics
  • Recertification every 3rd year - Verification of required CEs, Continued supervision, criminal background check and agreement to code of Ethics.

Work Experience Requirement

15 Hours of Supervised Fieldwork. The supervisor verifying your fieldwork will be required to do so using the online verification system acknowledging their credentials and checking off each of the requirements of supervised fieldwork. They will need to be in a position to verify 1 (one) hour of supervision for every 10 hours of independent supervised fieldwork.

Candidates must be enrolled in the related coursework before the supervised coursework hours

Data Collection

  • Demonstrate understanding of continuous data collection techniques such as frequency recording, episodic severity and duration recording.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of discontinuous data collection techniques such as  momentary time sampling and  partial interval recording
  • Demonstrate how graphs can be used in behavioral support.

Implementation of Behavior Support and Skill Acquisition Plans

  • Implement strategies to overcome skill and performance deficits
  • Implement naturalistic teaching methods
  • ABAT® candidate will demonstrate the steps in preparing for a session

Principles of working with Autism Effectively

  • Identify the different sources of sensory information
  • Explain the impact of different sensory challenges for people with Autism.
  • Identify events that can increase anxiety for people with Autism, and techniques they can use to manage this.
  • Define restrictive problem solving.
  • Evaluate the validity of different biomedical approaches to mitigate the effects of Autism.
  • Identify appropriate indicators to use to signify transitioning.
  • Identify ways to enable smoother transitions between activities.
  • Explain what visual supports are, and how they are used.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the goal of visual supports.
  • Identify the different types of cards that can be used, and the purpose of each.

Treating Individuals with Challenging Behaviors

  • Identify and evaluate the concepts of Proactive and Reactive Models of Behavior Support
  • Identify the Phases of Behavior
  • Describe the role of the ABAT® during any of the Phases Of Behavior
  • Explain the concept of Episodic Severity and apply these skills to a scenario
  • Identify primary and secondary reinforcement
  • Demonstrate a understanding on how to implement different types of Reinforcement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a 3-Part Contingency

Fieldwork hours that will not as supervised hours include:

  • Participating in meetings that are not specific to the person centered planning process
  • Implementation of plans that are not based in evidenced based practice
  • Documentation other than data collection, progress notes, graphs, and other necessary paperwork related to the person centered planning process

Purpose of Supervision: 

  • Demonstration of skills related to observation and measurement of behaviors and skills acquisition
  • Demonstration of an understanding of advocacy, professionalism and ethical behavior
  • Opportunities to learn and demonstrate a working knowledge of the mechanisms and strategies for effectively supporting individuals diagnosed with Autism to learn new skills and behaviors
  • Demonstrate an understanding of implementation strategies such as:
    • Task Analyzed chaining procedures
    • Discrimination training
    • Transfer of Stimulus Control
    • Stimulus fading
    • Prompt and prompt fading
  • Implement ABA treatment options that will best provide an individual with alternative ways of communicating his/her needs in an appropriate, non-challenging ways.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of how to apply the principles of non-aversive treatment models ahead of aversive options.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of how to use Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT) when teaching individuals new skills, behaviors and competencies.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of, how to use PRT as an integral part of a multi-elemented ABA treatment plan.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the functional analysis as an integral element of the behavior analysis process.

Ongoing Supervision Requirements

Each Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT) is required to meet with his/her supervisor for 5% of the time they provide direct services to a client, every 90 day period. The 5% supervision can be done remotely, using a HIPAA compliant video conferencing program, however , one of the contacts must be in-person for a minimum of 1 hour. If this requirement places a hardship on the service provider or supervisor, or jeopardizes the provision of services, an alternative arrangement can be made with approval of the QABA Credentialing Board. To request a variance to this requirement, a formal statement must include the specific circumstances that present a hardship or jeopardize services.


One professional recommendation is required – one from your evaluator/supervisor/administrator of choice focusing on your qualifications and experience working with and supporting individuals diagnosed with Autism.

Eligibility Agreement

You will be required to agree to the eligibility agreement which includes:

  • Agreement to work under the code of Ethics
  • Acknowledgement of recertification requirements
  • Agree to the terms of listing on the ABA Registry
  • Examination

    Prior to accessing the ABAT Examination, Coursework and training requirements, recommendation, fieldwork and supervision requirements will need to be completed, verified, and approved through the online process. The "cut score" or "pass point" for the ABAT examination is 72.92%.