Becoming an Applied Behavior Analyst in Washington, DC

Though more states than ever are requiring a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification in order to practice as an Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA), Washington, DC is not one of them. In fact, Washington, DC does not regulate this profession through state licensure in any capacity at this time. Still, aspiring behavior analysts in Washington, DC may be interested in earning a BCBA as a means of demonstrating knowledge and skills, and to qualify for desired jobs. This guide will address how to become a behavior analyst in Washington, DC.

Information on this page was retrieved from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board as of September 2022. Requirements for behavior analyst licensure may change. Be sure to check with the licensing board for up to date information.

Is Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certification Required to Become an ABA in Washington, DC?

Washington, DC behavior analysts do not need a license to practice, so a BCBA certification is not required. Still, a BCBA will help demonstrate to others that you have the knowledge and experience needed to practice in the field, and may be an important means of gaining employment or clients. Learn more about how to become a BCBA.

Washington, DC Behavior Analyst Fieldwork Requirements

For those who decide to become a BCBA, either 1,500 hours of concentrated supervised fieldwork or 2,000 hours of supervised fieldwork will need to be completed. As mentioned previously, this certification is not required in order to practice behavior analysis in Washington DC, but is a good certification to have. If you pursue your BCBA – you can get started on fieldwork after the first class of your master’s program. While some programs do not have a fieldwork component, others bake some or all of the hours you need into the curriculum. Below, you will find information on fieldwork requirements for the ABA programs in Washington, DC that are Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) verified course sequences.

ABA Master’s Programs in Washington, DC

The following table offers information on ABA master’s programs offered in the state of Washington, DC. Further down, you will find information on each program’s practicum offerings:

Program Degree City Mode
Chicago School of Professional Psychology MS in Applied Behavior Analysis Washington Hybrid
Chicago School of Professional Psychology MA in Applied Behavior Analysis Washington Hybrid

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers both an MS and MA in Applied Behavior Analysis. There are practicum components to both of these programs – contact the school directly to learn more about how each program differs and if and when you would need to supplement with additional fieldwork.

Online ABA Programs

There are also several online Applied Behavior Analysis programs that you can look into – programs like these are a great way to complete your degree with some added flexibility. There are asynchronous options that allow you to view courses on your own time as well as synchronous programs delivered live via webcam, meaning you have choices to sort through so that you can find a program that best fits your learning style and scheduling needs. This resource on online ABA programs can help you explore online ABA program options. Our guide to admission requirements by program can help you determine which programs, including online programs, you may wish to apply to.

Apply for Behavior Analyst Licensure in Washington, DC

Washington, DC does not have a behavior analyst license. If you are looking to earn the BCBA certification, check out our guide on how to become a BCBA.

How Do You Maintain Your Applied Behavior Analyst License in Washington, DC?

State licensure is not required for behavior analysts in Washington, DC

Last updated September 2022