Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA)

Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT)


Credential: Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT)  ANAB (ANSI) resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA), Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT) is an entry-level certification for behavior technicians. Individuals who hold the ABAT credential practice under the ongoing supervision of a licensed or certified professional within the scope of Applied Behavior Analysis. The ABAT has a working knowledge of autism and related disorders as well as the principles of working with individuals diagnosed with autism and related disorders. The ABAT implements the treatment plan including the mechanisms and strategies of effectively supporting individuals to learn new behaviors and skills. Candidates for the ABAT credential must meet educational, training, and experiential requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 15 hours
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA)

7545 Irvine Center Drive
Suite 200
Irvine, CA  92618

Phone: 1-877-220-1839

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Candidate must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent.

Candidate must have completed 40 hours of approved coursework (a minimum of three hours must be in ethics and a minimum of five hours in autism-specific treatment and support strategies).

Note: Training must be completed within five years of application. Training must be developed by a credentialed or licensed professional within the scope of the field.

The Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must be at least 18 years old.
  • Candidate must submit a 15-hour supervised fieldwork attestation form completed by a supervisor.
  • Candidate must submit a recommendation form completed by a supervisor.
  • Candidate must submit a criminal background check via attestation form from an employer or from a third party if the employer does not provide the attestation form.

Written Exam

  • Autism Core Knowledge
    • ASD and common characteristics and deficits
    • Autism as a spectrum disorder with a triad of primary impairments
    • ‘Red flags’ used in early diagnosis
    • Risk factors to autism spectrum disorder
    • Terminology associated with diagnosis, such as pragmatic language, receptive and expressive language, sensory-motor, social skills, joint attention, sterotypy
    • How and when diagnosis disorders commonly associated in differential diagnosis, such as learning disabilities, processing disorders, etc.
    • Identify co-morbid disorders associated with ASD
  • Legal, Ethical, and Professional Considerations
    • Scope and role of practice for the ABAT
    • QABA code of ethics, policies and procedures
    • Limitations of confidentiality
    • HIPAA
    • Advocacy and collaborative approach to intervention
    • Identify the following acronyms: IEP, IDEA
  • Core Principles of ABA
    • Basic assumptions in behaviorism and behavior modification
    • Classical and operant conditioning, conditioned and unconditioned reinforcement and punishment
    • Three-part contingency; antecedents, behaviors, consequences
    • Foundational behavioral terminology including, extinction, extinction burst, spontaneous recovery, deprivation, satiation, stimulus, discriminative stimulus, stimulus control, responses, motivation operations, establishing operations, setting events
    • Principles and types of schedules of reinforcement and punishment
    • Contingent and non-contingent; primary and secondary reinforcement and punishment
    • Terms and definitions of Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB)
  • Antecedent Interventions
    • Define and identify positive behavior support systems
    • Premack principle, behavioral momentum, priming, forced choice
    • Identify common environment and visual supports and benefits of each such as, functional communication training, PECS, TEACCH, social stories, video modeling, visual schedules
  • Skill Acquisition Programming
    • Elements of effective goals and objectives
    • Task analysis
    • Types of prompts
    • Prompt dependence and fading
    • Demands and demand fading
    • Pairing
    • Modeling
    • Imitation
    • Verbal operants
    • Memetic behavior
    • Motor behavior
    • Errorless learning
    • Error correction procedures
    • Stimulus control and transfer
    • Transfer trials
    • Discrete trial teaching (DTT)
    • Discrimination training
    • Shaping
    • Backward and forward chaining
    • Natural environment teaching (NET)
    • Generalization and maintenance
    • Pivotal behavior
    • Pivotal response training (PRT)
  • Behavior Reduction Interventions
    • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
    • Name 4 functions of behavior and define FBA
    • Contingency interventions, such as token economy, positive practice, over-correction, response cost, time out
    • Differential reinforcement procedures: DRO, SRA, DRI, DRL, DRH
  • Data Collection and Analysis
    • Reliability and validity
    • Operational definitions
    • Types of assessments: preference, self-monitoring, ABC, environmental evaluation
    • Types of measurement, such as frequency/event recording, duration, time sampling, interval, partial interval, and latency
    • Continuous and discontinuous; direct and indirect data recording
    • Basic graphs; line, scatterplot, bar
    • Define and identify the benefits of IOA

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT) certification is renewed every two years. ABAT certification holders must obtain 16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for each recertification cycle. A recertification fee is required.

    Additional information can be found on the QABA Renewal website.

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Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

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1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

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Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

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6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

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12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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