Apply for a Behavior Analyst License
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Who Must Be Licensed
Starting September 1, 2018, the following professionals will need to be licensed in Texas:
- Persons who use the title “licensed behavior analyst” or “licensed assistant behavior analyst”
- Persons who use the title “behavior analyst” unless exempt by law
- Persons who engage in the practice of applied behavior analysis unless exempt by law
Beginning September 1, 2018, you may not practice applied behavior analysis or use the title “Licensed Behavior Analyst” or “Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst” in Texas unless you qualify for, and hold, the appropriate license.
You must meet the educational requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst or the Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral to apply for the Texas issued Behavior Analyst license.
You do not need to submit proof of meeting the educational requirements to TDLR. When we verify your current certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, we will accept that as proof that you have met the education requirements. In some circumstances, TDLR may request an official copy of your college transcripts or other information related to your education and training.
To qualify for licensure as a behavior analyst, a person must:
- Hold current certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board
- Be in compliance with all professional, ethical, and disciplinary standards established by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board
Application and Fee
Once the Behavior Analyst Certification Board requirements have been met, you may apply for the state issued license.
Licenses are valid for two years from the date of issuance.
Once your license application has been approved by TDLR, you may print an online license verification and start working while you wait for your license certificate to arrive by mail.
The examination for licensure is the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination in Applied Behavior Analysis, administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
There is no Texas exam to get a license. When we verify your current certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, we will accept that as proof that you have passed the required board examination. TDLR may request a copy of your examination score report, if necessary.
Exemptions from Licensing
The following individuals are not required under the law to obtain a behavior analyst license:
- College or university students, interns, and fellows, under the following conditions:
- the activity or service is part of a defined behavior analysis program of study, course, practicum, internship, or postdoctoral fellowship;
- the activity or service is directly supervised by a licensed behavior analyst or an instructor in a course sequence approved by the certifying entity; and
- the person is designated as a "student," "intern," "fellow," or "trainee
- Paraprofessionals, if the applied behavior analysis services are provided under the extended authority and direction of a licensed behavior analyst or licensed assistant behavior analyst, including:
- Applied behavior analysis technicians
- Behavior technicians
- Front-line therapists
- Unlicensed persons pursuing supervised experience in applied behavior analysis if the supervised experience is consistent with the requirements of the certifying entity and commission rules
- Family members and guardians implementing a behavior analysis treatment plan for a recipient under the extended authority and direction of a licensed behavior analyst or licensed assistant behavior analyst
Texas law exempts the following professions from needing a license if they meet all requirements:
- Licensed psychologists, if the applied behavior analysis services provided are within the scope of the licensed psychologist’s education, training, and competence
- Other licensed professionals, if the applied behavior analysis services provided are within the scope of the licensed person’s education, training, and competence
- Teacher or school employee of a private or public school who provide applied behavior analysis services if the teacher or employee is performing duties within the scope of the teacher’s or employee’s employment
- Out of state behavior analysts providing temporary services for no more than 20 days per calendar year
Your certification must be current and in good standing with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board before your Texas license can be issued. If you are subject to or have received a disciplinary action by the certification board, you may be ineligible to hold a Texas license.
License holders must notify the department within 30 days of any initiation of disciplinary action by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
Criminal History Background Check
All applicants must pass a criminal history background check as a condition of licensure.
Having a criminal conviction does not necessarily disqualify you from licensure. Texas allows you to have your criminal history evaluated before submitting your application and non-refundable fees. Please see Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions for further information.