The Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA Board) announced today that its credential programs, which recognize practitioners who serve individuals with autism, have been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The accreditation, which acknowledges the QABA Board's partnership with online proctoring pioneer Examity, represents the first-ever ANSI approval of a remote proctoring provider in the sector.
"ANSI accreditation represents the gold standard for rigor and accountability, a critical process for authenticating the skills and competencies of providers – and ensuring that children and families living with autism can have absolute confidence in the qualifications of certified professionals," said Dr. Michael Reid, creator of the QABA Board. "ANSI's recognition of Examity will enable students at QABA Board-certified providers to complete assessments wherever they are while maintaining the highest levels of security and exam integrity, expanding access to training and enabling more practitioners to provide applied behavior analysis."
In recent years, 46 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws mandating that health insurance providers cover the cost of care for children living with autism. Such requirements have fueled increased demand for therapy providers and, in some cases, strained established systems for training and certifying qualified professionals.
"ANSI commends Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA Board) for achieving accreditation and demonstrating its commitment to the continual improvement of its certification programs," said Dr. Vijay Krishna, senior director, credentialing programs at ANSI. "Accreditation by ANSI demonstrates compliance to a rigorous internationally recognized accreditation process and creates a valuable market distinction for these credentials."
The QABA Board's accreditation reflects the reliability and security of Examity's unique proctoring platform, which is used by colleges and universities worldwide including Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, and Yale to make online assessments more secure, efficient, and reliable. Access to Examity's flexible remote proctoring services not only increases access for students in remote areas, but also drives down the cost of test administration by enabling students to take assessments on their own schedules, without the need to visit test centers.
"With a growing number of learners accessing educational opportunities online, remote proctoring plays an increasingly critical role in ensuring the quality and integrity of assessments," said Michael London, Founder and CEO of Examity. "We are proud to support the QABA Board's efforts to increase access and provide high-quality care to children with autism across the country."