Skip to main content
Welcome to the Office of the Professions’ newly redesigned website. Portions of this site may still be under development, so if you experience any issues or have any questions please submit a Website Feedback Form.
  • NYSED Homepage
  • Disclaimer
  • Contact Us
  • NYSED Employment
  • Board Members Only

Any use of the title "licensed behavior analyst" within New York State requires licensure.

You must submit an Application for Licensure (Form 1) and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Section 8804 of New York's Education Law and Subpart 79-17 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.

  • The fee for licensure and first registration as a licensed behavior analyst is $300.
  • The fee for a limited permit for a licensed behavior analyst is $70 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).

The fees listed are the fees in place when this page was posted. Fees are subject to change. The fee due is the one in law when your application is received (unless fees are increased retroactively). You will be billed for the difference if fees have been increased.

  • Do not send cash.
  • If you apply for licensure electronically using the online Application for Licensure, you will be required to pay by credit card.
  • Other payments must be made by personal check or money order payable to the New York State Education Department. Your cancelled check is your receipt.
  • Mail any required forms and fees to the indicated address on the form.

NOTE: Payment submitted from outside the United States should be made by check or draft on a United States bank and in United States currency; payments submitted in any other form will not be accepted and will be returned.

Individuals who withdraw their licensure/certification application may be entitled to a partial refund.

  • For the procedure to withdraw your application, contact the Applied Behavior Analysis Unit at or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 592 or by fax at 518-402-2323.
  • The State Education Department is not responsible for any fees paid to an outside testing or credentials verification agency.

If you withdraw your application, obtain a refund, and then decide to seek New York State licensure/certification at a later date, you will be considered a new applicant, and you will be required to pay the licensure/certification application and registration fees and meet the licensure/certification requirements in place at the time you reapply.

There were two pathways to licensure for licensed behavior analysts.

Pathway One (Grandparenting provisions - No Longer Available): This Pathway was available for applicants for licensure as a licensed behavior analyst, who submitted an application to the Department before January 9, 2016 and met other specified requirements.

Although Pathway One has expired, the licenses issued under it will not.

Note: Although evidence of completion of the required training on the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment was not required for a license to be issued under this pathway, evidence of such training will be required at the time of registration renewal when the initial three-year registration is due to expire.

Pathway Two (standard licensing provisions): Unlike Pathway One, this pathway does not expire. Applicants may be licensed/certified as licensed behavior analysts if they meet the following requirements established by section 8804 of New York's Education Law and Subpart 79-17 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

  • Submit an Application for Licensure (Form 1)
  • Submit the licensure and registration required fee established for licensed behavior analysts
  • Education: Submit a Certification of Professional Education (Form 2) to document that you have received an education, a master's or higher degree for a licensed behavior analyst, from a program registered by the Department or determined by the Department to be substantially equivalent to such a program, in accordance with the Commissioner's Regulations
  • Experience: Submit a Report of Professional Experience (Form 4) to document that you have experience in the practice of applied behavior analysis satisfactory to the Board and Department in accordance with the Commissioner's Regulations
  • Examination: Pass an examination acceptable to the Board and the Department in accordance with the Commissioner's Regulations
  • Child Abuse Training: Submit evidence of completing coursework or training in the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment in accordance with Section 6507(3)(a) of the Education Law. See additional information and a list of approved providers for this training.
  • Age: Be at least 21 years of age by the date of licensure
  • Moral Character: be of good moral character as determined by the Department and submit an attestation of moral character

Answers to questions regarding the process of licensure and practice can be found on our web site.

A limited permit authorizes practice of applied behavior analysis under the supervision of an appropriately licensed professional, who is authorized to practice applied behavior analysis. For licensed behavior analyst applicants, their supervisor must be a licensed behavior analyst or a person who is licensed or otherwise authorized to diagnose, prescribe or order applied behavior analysis services for the purpose of providing behavioral health treatment for persons with autism and autism spectrum disorders and related disorders. You must meet all requirements for licensure as a licensed behavior analyst except for the licensing examination and/or professional experience requirements.

You may apply for a limited permit by submitting the Application for Limited Permit (Form 5) and limited permit fee of $70 at the same time or any time after you submit your Application for Licensure/Certification (Form 1) with the required fee. If you change supervisors or have additional supervisors after a permit is issued, you must obtain a re-issued permit. Complete a new Form 5 for each prospective supervisor, and return it to the Office of the Professions. A new fee is not required for a permit issued as a result of a change in supervisor. Limited permits expire one year from the date of issue and may be renewed for one additional year for good cause as determined by the Department.

NOTE: Your application for licensure, the initial licensure fee, and all other required documentation, including evidence of completing department-approved coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse, must be received and approved before a limited permit can be issued.