Becoming a Credentialed ABAT: Your Guide to QABA Board Certification

Jan 18, 2024

Helping individuals with autism and other developmental delays reach their full potential is a rewarding pursuit. If you're passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and are interested in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), then becoming a credentialed Applied Behaviour Analysis Technician (ABAT) through the QABA Board might be the perfect path for you.

What is the QABA Board?

The Qualified Applied Behaviour Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) is an internationally recognised organisation. Earning your ABAT credential through the QABA will demonstrate your commitment to ethical and evidence-based practices, opening doors to career opportunities in various settings, including schools, clinics, and home-based programs.

Steps to Becoming a QABA Board-Certified ABAT

1. Meet the Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete 40 hours of approved ABA training, including:
    • 3 hours in ethics.
    • 5 hours in autism core knowledge.

2. Choose an Approved Training Program:

Several QABA Board-approved training providers offer online and in-person courses. Look for programs delivered by master's level professionals with expertise in ABA and autism. ASBA offers QABA Board approved ABAT coursework delivered by our experienced lead trainer Cindy Hsiang, who has been working with children on the autism spectrum and their families since 2000.

3. Complete Supervised Fieldwork:

Gain practical experience by completing 15 hours of supervised fieldwork under the guidance of a qualified supervisor (QBA, QASP-S, BCBA/BCBA-D, BCaBA). This allows you to apply your theoretical knowledge in real-world settings. Candidates can find a suitable QABA certified supervisor here via the QABA Board's public registry

4. Submit Your Application:

Once you've met all the requirements, gather the necessary documents and submit your application to the QABA Board. This includes:

  • Proof of age and education.
  • Certificate of completion for your ABA training.
  • Background check or attestation form.
  • Supervisor information.
  • Recommendation form.

5. Pass the QABA Board ABAT Exam:

Demonstrate your knowledge and skills by successfully completing the computer-based QABA ABAT exam. The exam covers various ABA principles, autism spectrum disorder, ethics, and professional conduct.

The ABAT exam includes 125 multiple-choice questions, all of which must be answered. While only 100 are scored, the remaining 25 (pretest questions) are crucial to answer for future test development. You won't know which are scored, so giving your best effort to all 125 is vital. Immediately after the exam, you'll receive a pass/fail result. Once QABA verifies your passing score through video review, you'll get a congratulatory email.

6. Maintain Your Credential:

To remain a QABA-certified ABAT, you must complete ongoing professional development activities and renew your credential every two years.

Benefits of Becoming a QABA-Certified ABAT

  • Enhanced Job Opportunities: The QABA credential is widely recognised and respected in the ABA field, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.
  • Higher Earning Potential: Certified ABATs typically earn higher salaries compared to uncertified individuals.
  • Professional Development: The QABA credentialing process encourages continuous learning and growth in the field of ABA.
  • Making a Difference: By providing quality ABA services, you can significantly impact the lives of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Remember, becoming a QABA-certified ABAT requires dedication and hard work. However, the rewards of this career path are truly meaningful, allowing you to make a lasting impact on the lives of those who need it most. So, if you're ready to embark on this journey, take the first step and start exploring the exciting world of ABA! 

Full information regarding the ABAT process can be found here in the ABAT candidate handbook.