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Progressive Behavior Analyst Autism Council®

The Progressive Behavior Analyst Autism Council® (PBAAC®) was established in order to provide an elite credential in the field of ABA as it applies to intervention provided to individuals diagnosed with ASD that serves both stakeholders and certified persons.

The PBAAC® is committed to providing a fair, impartial, and objective certification process; therefore, all candidates must meet the established eligibility requirements and pass the required assessments before being awarded our credentials. Affiliation with the PBAAC® or membership in any other organization is not required.

Autism Partnership Foundation (APF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is identifying effective methodology to improve behavioral treatment of individuals diagnosed with ASD through research and training. APF established the PBAAC® to help meet this mission.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

The PBAAC® does not discriminate in the participation in its certification programs and prohibits discrimination against its applicants, candidates, certified persons, employees, and volunteers based on race, religion (creed), national origin (ancestry), gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and all other classes protected by federal, state, county, or city law, regulation, ordinance, or code, in any of its activities or operations.

Statement of Impartiality

The PBAAC® is committed to acting impartially to its applicants, candidates, and certified persons. Certification decisions are made in accordance with the PBAAC® policies and procedures which fairly and accurately convey information about the certification program. Information pertinent to potential and active certificants is available publicly including how to obtain and maintain the certification, request an accommodation for testing, and appeal an adverse decision.

Certification staff agree in writing to adhere to the policies and procedures of the certification program, including those pertaining to impartiality, conflict of interest, and nondiscrimination.

APF provides education and training to individuals and professionals who work in the field of autism. Completion of any APF education or training is not a prerequisite or a component of the certification program. Candidates are free to select any training(s) they wish, and completion of any APF courses, trainings, workshops, conferences, etc. will not provide an advantage over completion of any other quality training program.

What is Progressive ABA?

Progressive ABA is a philosophical approach in which interventionists, supervisors, and applied researchers employ a structured yet flexible approach to behavior change. All efforts are contingent upon and responsive to the individual’s progress.  To do this, the Certified Progressive Behavior Analyst – Autism Professional® uses the best available evidence in combination with advanced knowledge of basic principles and constant in-the-moment assessments to inform effective and caring intervention. This results in an approach that is grounded in science, socially-valid, and always progressing.


The PBAAC® would like to thank the 30+ subject matter experts for their invaluable contributions to the development of the CPBA-AP®. These subject matter experts include, but are not limited to:

  • Shahla Ala’i, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
  • Hoe Chi Angel Au, Psy. D., Registered Clinical Psychologist (HK)
  • Michelle Carpentieri, BCBA, LBA
  • Joseph H. Cihon, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Traci M. Cihon, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA-TX
  • Julie Crittendon, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Pegeen Cronin, Ph.D.
  • Julia L. Ferguson, M.S., BCBA
  • David Fischer, Psy.D., BCBA-D
  • B. J. Freeman, Ph.D.
  • Alan Harchik, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Amy Harchik, M.Ed.
  • Justin B. Leaf, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Ronald B. Leaf, Ph.D.
  • John McEachin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Ian Melton, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
  • Toby Mountjoy, M.S., BCBA
  • Doris Soluaga Murtha, M.S.
  • Lorraine F. Otte, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA
  • Tracee Parker, Ph.D., BCBA
  • Robert K. Ross, Ed.D., BCBA-D, LABA
  • Melissa S. Saunders, Ed.D., BCBA-D, LBA, LABA
  • Sanford J. Slater, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Tristram Smith, Ph.D.
  • Todd Streff, M.S., BCBA, LBA
  • Jennifer Styzens, M.S., BCBA
  • Lisa Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Thomas Zane, Ph.D., BCBA-D
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