Renewals, Eligibility, CEUs and Training Requirements

All previously renewed candidates and new candidates scheduled to take the test should use the intervals below to determine their next renewal deadline. There are four deadlines for renewals.

There are 12 CEUs due for the ABAT, 20 CEUs for the QASP-S, and 32 CEUs for the QBA due at the 2-year renewal deadline. A minimum of 25% of the hours must be live* (3 out of 12 for ABAT, 5 for QASP-S and the QBA). In addition, a minimum of 1 hour for ethics for the ABAT, 2 hours for the QASP-S, and 3 hours of ethics for the QBA. Renewals may be done up to 60 days prior to the deadline. Please use the Background Attestation Template (located under ‘Forms’) on our website for your renewal. This will need to be completed by your employer/supervisor.

Beginning January 1, 2024, QBA renewals will require 2 hours of Trauma Informed Care and 2 hours of Comorbidities/Multiple Diagnosis at first renewal cycle. All QASP-S renewals will require 2 hours of Trauma Informed Care at first renewal cycle.

*QABA accepts live remote courses.

Renewals require the following:

  1. Renewal application fee
  2. A current background check or background attestation form completed by your employer (QASP-S and ABAT); A background self-attestation letter (QBA only)
  3. Certificates of participation for all CEUs as outlined under the restrictions below
  4. Supervised fieldwork verification form completed by your supervisor (QASP-S and ABAT only)

Click here for chart of the renewal schedule.

Approved CEUs

All CEUs must have a certificate of attendance with a signature and the printed name of the presenter. Presenters must be in a related field with a master’s degree or above.

National/State ABA or related field associations (i.e. ABAI)1 per clock hourNone
University coursework* (related field)1 per clock hourNone
Approved QABA Provider1 per clock hourNone





Non-Preapproved QABA Provider

1 per clock hour2 CE
Participation in QABA Committee or development1 per clock hour2 CE ABAT/4 QASP-S/4 QBA
Poster presentation1 per poster1 CE
Authorship article/Presentation3 per paper/presentation3 CE
Teaching (university level*)1 credit = 1 CEUUp to 30% of total CEUs required for certification (limit of 9 CEUs for college course taught per renewal cycle)
Teaching/Training courses1 hour = 1 CEUUp to 30% of total CEUs required for certification

All CEUs must have a certificate of attendance with the signature and printed name of the presenter. Presenter must be by a master’s level (or higher) professional within the field of applied behavior analysis or be in a related field.

*College/university coursework may be considered following approval. Transcripts and curriculum must be provided and approved. Only subject matter specifically addressing the field of ABA, special education, autism, developmental disability and similar subjects can be considered. The number of credits the course equals the number of CEU credits, for example, a 3-credit course equals 3 CEUs.

* Teaching at the university level will be accepted for any university accredited for higher education. It is the responsibility of the certificant to show proof of the school accreditation as needed.

Ongoing Supervision Requirements

Every 90 days, the ABAT and QASP-S are required to meet with his/her supervisor for 5% of the time they provide direct services to a client. The 5% supervision can be done remotely, using a HIPAA compliant video conferencing program; however, one of the contacts must be one-to-one in vivo/live for a minimum of 1 hour. QBA certificants do not require supervision once certified as they are independent practitioners.

The QASP-S requires a supervisor (master’s level certification or above) to complete the online supervisor attestation form. Candidates must complete the 8 hours of supervisory coursework. They are required to have 5% of direct care hours supervised; however, once the QASP-S has completed 1,000 hours, they may reduce the supervision to 2%, upon supervisor discretion, with at least one contact live one-to-one every 180 days.

QABA permits remote supervision for one-to-one contact hours. 

For any questions call the QABA office at 877-220-1839

Late Fees

  1. If a renewal application has lapsed over 30 days (up to 90 days), a reinstatement fee of $50 is due in addition to the renewal fee. If renewal has lapsed over 90 days, a penalty of $100 will be due in addition to the renewal fee.
  2. If a certificate remains expired for an entire renewal period (2 years) the individual must reapply and retake the exam to move their certificate status to active.

Inactive Status

  1. Each application requesting inactive status will pay a $50 processing fee* along with their application. Inactive status will only be permitted once per cycle.
  2. When an inactive certificant applies to be active again, their certificate cycle will restart where it was paused. For example, if they went inactive one year into their cycle, they will have one more year before renewal is due. If they went inactive one month before their expiration, they will have one more month before renewal. Active status will require a $50 fee for processing.
  3. *Military clause – Individuals who serve in any branch of the armed forces (reserve & guard included) and their dependents are eligible for inactive status without incurring fees.