Current Licensing Issues

for Practicing Behavior Analysts in NC

*These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement by the North Carolina Association for Behavioral Analysis of any of the products, services or opinions they contain.

A House Bill (HB487) was drafted that included exemption for behavior analysts from the Psychology Practice Act and introduced to the Legislature in March 2011. Concern was raised that it did not provide protection for the public and proposed revisions to that bill were created.


NCABA presented the proposed changes to its members and requested questions and comments. We received nearly 100 responses to this request.  In September 2011 members of the NCABA Board met with the committee that wrote the revision to HB487 to attempt to address the questions submitted by our membership.  You can click here to view the special edition of the newsletter that addressed many of the concerns raised.


A new revised bill (HB1157) was drafted in July 2011 and was pre-filled in the House on May 29, 2012. You can read this bill by  clicking here.  You can also review a summary written by Ruth Hurst about the change from HB487 to HB1157 and the current status of HB1157 by clicking here.


In May 2013, the NC House of Representatives passed House

Bill 498 related to autism insurance coverage. The bill contains information pertaining to the practice of behavior analysis. Before the session was over HB498 was waiting for a hearing before the NC Senate Insurance Committee. The bill will likely come before that committee in the Spring 2014 session. You can access this bill by clicking here.  A summary was provided in the August 2013 Newsletter as well which you can access by clicking here.



You may also want to click on one of the following links for information on the NC legislative process:

This NCABA newsletter contains the article “Licensure Issues and the Practice of Behavior Analysis in North Carolina” written by Thomas J. Thompson, Ph.D. It describes the history of behavior analysis in the state and the current laws that apply to the practice of behavior analysis in North Carolina. (See Pages 6 & 7)

Click here to review current licensing laws related to the practice of behavior analysis in states other than North Carolina (as reported by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board)