Behavior Analysts in Michigan to Require Licensure Beginning January 7, 2020

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November 14, 2019 – As a result of the administrative rules that were approved earlier this year, a license will be required to practice as a behavior analyst and as an assistant behavior analyst in the State of Michigan beginning on January 7, 2020. The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is currently accepting applications for these license types.

Under Public Act 403 of 2016, the practice of applied behavior analysis is required to be licensed. The department, in partnership with the Michigan Board of Behavior Analysts, and those interested in the profession, worked together to develop the rules that were adopted in January 2019.

Effective January 7, 2020, an individual may not engage in the practice of applied behavior analysis – or practice as an assistant behavior analyst – unless licensed under Public Act 403 of 2016. Those who are not licensed by January 7, 2020 may be in violation of the public health code. The complete definition, as well as exemptions for licensure, can be found in MCL 333.18251.

LARA’s Behavior Analyst website contains information on obtaining a Behavior Analyst license and an Assistant Behavior Analyst license, a link to apply online, as well as instructional videos on how to register for an account through the Michigan Professional Licensing User System (MiPLUS).

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