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Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis
Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis

Licensure for Behavior Analysts
n alignment with its purpose, ILABA has been pursuing licensure for behavior analysts in the State of Illinois since 2014.  

Updates and Announcements
Summer 2020
The Legislative Committee has continued to work diligently on the bill and feels confident moving forward with the latest revisions to the bill. ILABA will host a Town Hall to discuss the proposal with ILABA members and non-members.

The ILABA Legislative Committee continues to work diligently with legislators from both parties, opponents, and various other professional groups to craft a bill that the Illinois legislature can adopt to maintain the integrity of our profession and most importantly empowers the consumer of our services.

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Summer 2018

Winter2017/Spring 2018 

Fall 2017

Spring 2017


Frequently Asked Questions

What is licensure? How is it different from certification? 

Licensed professionals are regulated by state law. The governing certifying entity manages certification (such as through the BACB). While the qualifications to become a licensed behavior analyst often mirror those of the certifying body, licensure provides additional provisions for state regulation of the practice of behavior analysis and the title "behavior analyst." 

Why is licensure necessary? 

Currently, no laws prohibit the practice of ABA or the title "behavior analyst in the state of Illinois. In a sense, anyone can say they practice ABA or say they are a behavior analyst (or any derivative of the term). This poses significant dangers for consumers, particularly those in areas of the state that are undeserved by appropriately trained and certified behavior analysts. 


Individuals who are not certified by the BACB are not subject to following BACB ethical guidelines. The BACB cannot impose any consequences on those individuals unless they are purporting themselves to be certified. As such, derivative terms, such as "behavior specialist," "behavior interventionist," etc. are becoming increasingly used by non-certified practitioners, resulting in increased confusion from consumers about who to go to for ABA services. 


Licensure is also necessary to protect our science and practice integrity and, as a result, our professional reputation. As increasing numbers of individuals practice without the appropriate training and certification, the "definition of ABA" becomes increasingly blurred from a consumer perspective. 

Have more questions?  We'll continue to update this page with answers to any frequently asked questions.

Get Involved!

Connect with your Legislator! 
One of the best ways to help the licensure effort is by connecting with your local legislators. Need help finding your legislator or want some additional guidance on how to navigate these discussions? Fill out this form and either a committee member or our lobbyist will be in touch with strategies and suggestions for how to engage your legislators