Regulations of the Commissioner

Subpart 79-17 Licensed Behavior Analysts

79-17.1 Professional study for licensed behavior analysts. | 79-17.2 Experience requirement for licensed behavior analysts. | 79-17.3 Licensing examinations for licensed behavior analysts. | 79-17.4 Limited permits for licensed behavior analysts. | 79-17.5 Special provisions

79-17.1 Professional study for licensed behavior analysts.

  1. Applicability. For purposes of this section, applicants for licensure as a licensed behavior analyst prior to September 1, 2019, shall meet the professional education requirements for admission to the licensing examination set forth in either subdivision (b) or (c) of this section. Applicants for licensure as a licensed behavior analyst on or after September 1, 2019 shall meet the professional education requirements for admission to the licensing examination set forth in subdivision (b) of this section.
  2. General professional education requirements for applicants applying for licensure as a licensed behavior analyst.
    1. As used in this subdivision, acceptable accrediting agency shall mean an organization accepted by the department as a reliable authority for the purpose of accrediting applied behavior analysis programs, having accreditation standards that are substantially equivalent to the requirements for programs registered as leading to licensure as a licensed behavior analyst pursuant to section 52.44 of this Title, and applying its criteria for granting accreditation of programs in a fair, consistent, and nondiscriminatory manner.
    2. To meet the professional education requirement for admission to the licensing examination, the applicant shall present satisfactory evidence of:
      1. holding a master's or higher degree awarded upon successful completion of a master's or higher degree program in applied behavior analysis registered as leading to licensure pursuant to section 52.44 of this Title; or
      2. holding a master's or higher degree awarded upon successful completion of a master's or higher degree program in applied behavior analysis that is substantially equivalent to a program registered as leading to licensure pursuant to section 52.44 of this Title as determined by the department, which program must be accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency or recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the program is offered as a program that prepares the applicant for professional practice as a licensed behavior analyst, and must be designed and conducted by the degree-granting institution to prepare graduates to practice applied behavior analysis independently; or
      3. both:
        1. holding a master's or higher degree awarded upon successful completion of a master's or higher degree program in a related field acceptable to the department and registered pursuant to Part 52 of this Title or its substantial equivalent as determined by the department; and
        2. completing a credit bearing graduate-level program in applied behavior analysis in addition to such master's or higher degree study that is registered as leading to licensure pursuant to section 52.44 of this Title or substantially equivalent to such a registered program as determined by the department. Such equivalent program must be accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency or recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the program is offered as a program that prepares the applicant for professional practice as a licensed behavior analyst, and must be designed and conducted by the degree-granting institution to prepare graduates to practice professional applied behavior analysis independently.
  3. Time-limited professional education requirements for applicants applying for licensure as a licensed behavior analyst prior to September 1, 2019.
    1. As used in this subdivision, acceptable accrediting agency shall mean an organization accepted by the department as a reliable authority for the purpose of accrediting applied behavior analysis programs, as having reasonable accreditation standards, and as an organization that applies its criteria for granting accreditation of programs in a fair, consistent, and nondiscriminatory manner.
    2. To meet the professional education requirement for admission to the licensing examination, applicants for licensure prior to September 1, 2019 may, as an alternative to satisfying the requirements of subdivision (b) of this section, present satisfactory evidence of meeting the requirements of one of the following subparagraphs:
      1. holding a master’s or higher degree awarded upon successful completion of a master’s or higher degree program in applied behavior analysis or a related title which:
        1. prepares graduates for employment as a licensed behavior analyst, as defined in section 8802(1) of the Education Law;
        2. contains didactic and clinical education in the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior, including the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relationship between environment and behavior, and which is designed and conducted to prepare graduates to practice professional applied behavior analysis; and
        3. is registered by the department for general educational purposes but need not be specifically registered for licensure purposes, or is accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency, or is recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the program is offered as a program that prepares the applicant for professional practice as an applied behavior analyst; or
      2. both:
        1. holding a master’s or higher degree awarded upon successful completion of a master’s or higher degree program in a related field acceptable to the department and registered pursuant to Part 52 of this Title or its substantial equivalent as determined by the department; and
        2. completing graduate level, credit-bearing coursework which:
          1. prepares graduates for employment as a licensed behavior analyst, as defined in section 8802(1) of the Education Law;
          2. contains didactic and clinical education in the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior, including the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relationship between environment and behavior, and which is designed and conducted to prepare graduates to practice professional applied behavior analysis independently; and
          3. is registered by the department for general educational purposes but need not be specifically registered for licensure purposes, or is accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency, or is recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the program is offered as a program that prepares the applicant for professional practice as a licensed behavior analyst.

79-17.2 Experience requirement for licensed behavior analysts.

  1. For licensure, an applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis and the department of one year of full-time supervised experience, or the part-time equivalent thereof, such experience to consist of 1,500 clock hours, in accordance with the requirements of this section. Of such one-year of experience, at least 150 clock hours shall be gained during a master’s or higher degree program’s required supervised practicum or internship, and shall be required for admission to the licensure examination. The remaining supervised experience shall be gained as part of the master’s degree program or following the completion of all master’s or higher degree studies, including all mandated course content.
  2. Content.
    1. The experience shall consist of a planned programmed sequence of supervised experience in appropriate applied behavior analysis activities performed in accordance with the definition of the practice of applied behavior analysis as defined in section 8802 of the Education Law and satisfactory in quality, breadth, scope and nature.
    2. In addition to other forms of satisfactory experience, the department, in its discretion, may accept up to one year of the following experience as satisfying the experience requirement for licensure:
      1. a college or university-approved master’s or higher degree level supervised practicum, internship, or field experience, any of which shall integrate applied behavior analysis knowledge and application; or
      2. teaching the subject of applied behavior analysis as a faculty member for a minimum of six semester hours, provided that the teaching meets the requirements for acceptable experience imposed by this section.
  3. Setting. For a setting to be acceptable to the department, it shall meet the following requirements:
    1. The setting shall be a location which is legally authorized to provide services that constitute the practice of applied behavior analysis, as defined in section 8802 of the Education Law.
    2. The setting shall provide supervision by an authorized health care practitioner, who currently diagnoses, prescribes, or orders treatment involving applied behavior analysis in his or her professional practice for persons with autism, autism spectrum disorders and related disorders, or an individual qualified to provide applied behavior analysis services, as determined by the department. The supervisor shall be responsible for the design, coordination, integrity, and quality of the applicant's experience.
    3. The setting shall provide titles to the unlicensed individuals gaining experience for licensure which clearly indicate their training status as required by section 8807(4) of the Education Law.
    4. The setting in which the experience is gained shall be responsible for the services provided by individuals gaining experience for licensure.
  4. Duration.
    1. For purposes of meeting the experience requirement in subdivision (a) of this section, acceptable experience shall consist of a continuous experience within periods of at least four months, except that experience gained within an academic program shall consist of a continuous experience within a period of not less than one semester and, in the case of teaching experience, shall consist of not less than six credit hours per semester. The four-month periods of experience or the semesters of experience shall not be required to be immediately successive.
    2. Full-time experience shall consist of at least 20 hours per week.
    3. Part-time experience shall consist of at least 10 hours per week but not more than 19 hours per week, which shall be distributed over at least two days per week.
  5. Supervision. The experience shall be supervised in accordance with the requirements of this subdivision.
    1. Qualifications for supervisors of the required experience. The supervisor of the experience shall meet the following requirements:
      1. experience obtained in New York State.
        1. the supervisor shall be a licensed behavior analyst; or
        2. an authorized health care practitioner who currently diagnoses, prescribes, or orders treatment involving applied behavior analysis in his or her professional practice;
      2. experience obtained in other jurisdictions. The supervisor shall be licensed in a profession authorized to provide applied behavior analysis services in the jurisdiction where the supervised experience occurs;
      3. the supervisor shall be the owner of, be employed by, or be retained by the entity providing the experience opportunities to the applicant who is gaining experience for licensure; and
      4. in order to prevent a potential conflict of interest, the supervisor shall not be a member of the applicant’s family or an individual who has a close personal relationship with the applicant and/or his or her family.
    2. Supervision of the experience. Supervision shall occur weekly and shall include at least two hours per week of face-to-face individual supervision pertaining to services rendered; face-to-face supervision may utilize technology acceptable to the State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis and the department, including video-conferencing.
    3. Up to three hours of supervision shall be considered part of the hours of acceptable experience weekly.

79-17.3 Licensing examinations for licensed behavior analysts.

  1. Content. The licensing examination shall consist of an examination designed to test knowledge related to all areas of applied behavior analysis.
  2. The department may accept scores satisfactory to the State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis on an examination(s) acceptable to the State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis and the department, or an examination determined by the department to be comparable in content, as meeting the requirement for passing the licensing examination.
  3. Converted passing score. The applicant shall pass the examination with a converted score of at least 75, as determined by the State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis.

79-17.4 Limited permits for licensed behavior analysts.

As authorized by section 8806 of the Education Law, the department may issue a limited permit to practice applied behavior analysis in accordance with the requirements of this section.

  1. An applicant for a limited permit to practice as a licensed behavior analyst shall:
    1. file an application with the department on a form provided by the department together with the statutory fee for the limited permit;
    2. meet all the requirements for licensure as a licensed behavior analyst, except the examination and/or experience requirements;
    3. be of good moral character as determined by the department; and
    4. be under the supervision of a supervisor acceptable to the department in accordance with the requirements of section 79-17.2 of this Subpart for applicants for licensure as a licensed behavior analyst.
  2. The limited permit in applied behavior analysis shall be issued for specific employment setting(s), acceptable to the department in accordance with the requirements of section 79-17.2 of this Subpart for applicants for licensure as a licensed behavior analyst.
  3. The limited permit in applied behavior analysis shall be valid for a period of not more than 12 months, provided that a limited permit may be extended for an additional 12 months at the discretion of the department for good cause as determined by the department. The time authorized by such limited permit and subsequent extension shall not exceed 24 months in total.

79-17.5 Special provisions.

  1. Nothing contained in this Subpart shall be construed to limit the scopes of practice of any other profession licensed under title VIII of the Education Law.
  2. Nothing in this Subpart shall be construed as prohibiting a person from performing the duties of a licensed behavior analyst or a certified behavior analyst assistant, in the course of such employment, if such person is employed:
    1. by a Federal, State, county or municipal agency, or other political subdivision;
    2. by a chartered elementary or secondary school or degree-granting institution;
    3. as a certified teacher or teaching assistant, other than a pupil personnel services professional, in an approved program as defined in paragraph (b) of subdivision (1) of section 4410 of the Education Law; or
    4. in a setting to the extent that the exemption in paragraph (d) of subdivision (6) of section 4410 of the Education Law applies.
  3. Nothing in this Subpart shall be construed as prohibiting a certified teacher or teaching assistant, other than a pupil personnel services professional, from performing the duties of a licensed behavior analyst or certified behavior analyst assistant, in the course of such employment or contractual agreement, if such person is employed or contracted with an agency approved by the Department of Health to provide early intervention services or has an agreement with the Department of Health to provide early intervention services pursuant to title 2-A of article 25 of the Public Health Law.
  4. Nothing in this Subpart shall be construed as prohibiting the activities and services required of a student, intern, or resident in an educational program acceptable to the department pursuant to the commissioner's regulations, pursuing a course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in an educational program acceptable to the department pursuant to the commissioner's regulations in an institution approved by the department, provided that such activities and services constitute a part of his or her supervised course of study in an educational program acceptable to the department pursuant to the commissioner's regulations. Such person shall be designated by title which clearly indicates his or her training status.
  5. Nothing in this Subpart shall be construed to affect or prevent a person without a license or other authorization pursuant to title VIII of the Education Law from performing assessments, including collecting basic information, gathering demographic data, and making informal observations, for the purpose of determining need for services unrelated to an ABA plan. Further, licensure or authorization pursuant to article 167 of the Education Law shall not be required to create, develop or implement a service plan unrelated to an ABA plan. This Subpart shall not apply to behavioral health treatments other than ABA that may be provided to persons with autism spectrum disorder. A license under this Subpart shall not be required for persons to participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to implement an ABA plan; provided, however, that such team shall include one or more professionals licensed under article 131, 153, 154, 163 or 167 of the Education Law; and provided further that the activities performed by members of the team shall be consistent with the scope of practice for each team member licensed or authorized under title VIII of the Education Law, and those who are not so authorized may not engage in the following restricted practices: creation, modification or termination of an ABA plan; diagnosis of mental, emotional, behavioral, addictive and developmental disorders and disabilities; patient assessment and evaluating; provision of psychotherapeutic treatment; provision of treatment other than psychotherapeutic treatment; and development and implementation of assessment-based treatment plans, as defined in section 7701 of the Education Law. Provided further, however, that nothing in this subdivision shall be construed as requiring a license or authorization for any particular activity or function based solely on the fact that the activity or function is not listed in this subdivision. Provided further, however, that nothing in this subdivision shall authorize the delegation of restricted activities to an individual who is not appropriately licensed or authorized under title VIII of the Education Law.
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    1. Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subdivision, nothing in this Subpart shall be construed as prohibiting an early intervention ABA aide, pursuant to regulations promulgated by the commissioner of health, and acting under the supervision and direction of a qualified supervisor who is licensed or otherwise authorized pursuant to title VIII of the Education Law from:
      1. assisting the supervisor and qualified personnel with the implementation of individual ABA plans;
      2. assisting in the recording and collection of data needed to monitor progress;
      3. participating in required team meetings; and
      4. completing any other activities as directed by his or her supervisor and as necessary to assist in the implementation of individual ABA plans.
    2. Nothing in this subdivision shall authorize the delegation of restricted activities to an individual who is not appropriately licensed or otherwise authorized under title VIII of the Education Law; provided further however, that in regard to the early intervention program established pursuant to title 2-A of article 25 of the Public Health Law, an early intervention ABA aide under the supervision and direction of a qualified supervisor may complete activities necessary to assist in the implementation of an individual ABA plan, provided that such activities do not require professional skill or judgment.
  7. This Subpart shall not be construed to prohibit care delivered by any family member, household member or friend, or person employed primarily in a domestic capacity who does not hold himself or herself out, or accept employment, as a person licensed to practice applied behavior analysis under the provisions of article 167 of the Education Law; provided that, if such person is remunerated, the person does not hold himself or herself out as one who accepts employment for performing such care.
  8. Nothing in this Subpart shall be construed as prohibiting programs certified by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services from providing substance use disorder services for persons with autism and autism spectrum disorders and related disorders.
Last Updated: June 16, 2015