FTF Behavioral Consulting offers an alternative path to credentialing for non-traditional applicants.  The pathway is especially designed for professionals who have obtained implementation experience and training outside of FTF.  With distinct goals and procedures, both pathways to credentialing verify individual experiences with respect to the Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) and Skill-Based Treatment (SBT) process and provide recognition for education, application, and implementation experience.

As a credentialed professional, you will:

  • Receive independent verification of training and experience (consistent with requirements of Code 1.05; Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, 2020)
  • Obtain a certificate and a wallet card verifying completion of requirements for your credentialed level
  • Be featured on the FTF Credential Directory which will allow potential clients to connect with you

If you are interested in becoming credentialed through an alternative path, continue reading to find an overview of the application instructions, requirements and necessary documentation, and limitations.  For professionals who have received education, application, and implementation experience via FTF Behavior Consulting, information regarding our traditional path can be found here.

Alternative Pathway Application

FTF’s Credentialing Directory

Application Instructions

Instructions

The alternative pathway leads to implementation credentials (i.e., level 3 or 4). For subsequent credentials (i.e., level 5 or 6), we strongly encourage you to follow the traditional path (i.e., advanced coursework, advanced design session, Train-the-Trainer consultation).  Carefully review application instructions below for how to prepare for your application.

Instructions:
Materials

The following materials must be uploaded with your application and must meet evaluation standards to be considered for credentialing.  We strongly encourage review of FTF’s Rubric and Scoring Guide prior to application.

  1. PowerPoint (filled in template)
  2. Consent to share video footage/data/etc.
  3. PFA-SBT CEU Certificate of Completion (FTF’s live or on-demand course, or 2-day workshop) dated January 2019, or later.
  4. Completed PFA Workbook
  5. Completed SBT Workbook
Applying for Credentials

When submitting your application, the following fields are requested:

  • Name
  • Company name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Credential level for which you are applying
    • The alternative pathway leads to implementation credentials (i.e., level 3 or 4). For subsequent credentials (i.e., level 5 or 6), we strongly encourage you to follow the traditional path (i.e., advanced coursework, advanced design session, Train-the-Trainer consultation).
  • Education/Occupation (select all that apply):
    • BCBA, BCBA-D, BCaBA, RBT, Teacher, Paraprofessional/Educational Assistant/Behavior Tech, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, SLP, OT, Social Worker
  • Context in which you work (select all that apply):
    • Public school, Specialized school for autism or related disabilities, Hospital, Inpatient clinic, Outpatient clinic, Residential facility, Habilitative/Day Program, Home-Based
  • Consent to display your name on ftfbc.com
  • Application fee
  • Requested materials:
    • PowerPoint (filled in template)
    • Consent to share video footage/data/etc.
    • PFA-SBT CEU Certificate of Completion (FTF’s live or on-demand course, or 2-day workshop) dated January 2019, or later.
    • Completed PFA Workbook
    • Completed SBT Workbook

Please note: The above materials must be uploaded with your application and must meet evaluation standards to be considered for credentialing.  We strongly encourage review of FTF’s Rubric and Scoring Guide prior to application.

Initial Application Fee $300 US dollars
Reevaluation Fee $10 US dollars

Application for Credentialing in Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) and Skill-Based Treatment (SBT) of severe problem behavior is managed by FTF Behavioral Consulting.  You may find the alternative pathway application form here.  Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.  Keep in mind that it may take 2–4 weeks to process your application.  Please ensure all requested fields and documentation are thoroughly completed in a single submission to ensure the quickest processing time.

 

After your application is Approved

Following successful evaluation of documentation and application approval, FTF provides PDF certificates of each credential level.  An example certificate is below.

  • First and Last Name: Displayed as it appears on your application.
  • Credentialing Number: An 8-digit number unique to your certification.

  • Issue Date: Day in which your certification officializes.
  • Expiration Date: Day in which your certification expires. To maintain a credential level or level up, you must apply for reevaluation at least once per calendar year.
  • Credentialing Level: Level for which you have completed the requirements for.

After your credentialing application is approved, you will receive an email with a copy of your certificate, a wallet card, and FTF’s Addressing Severe Problem Behavior with Today’s ABA Pledge. Newly certified applicants will appear in FTF’s Credentialing Directory within 3-7 business days of receiving their certificate.  Please note, only applicants who provide consent during the application process will be displayed.

Maintenance and Reevaluation

The purpose of FTF’s reevaluation requirement is to acknowledge the importance of continued education with respect to the Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment as we continue to refine the elements of the process.

You must apply for reevaluation at least once per calendar year, with a maximum of 30 days before the expiration date.  Refer to the chart below for reevaluation options.

  Purpose Documentation Fee
Maintain Current Level To encourage certificants to stay up to date on developments in PFA and SBT within their current credential level. Learn Dash CEU Certificates of Completion $10
Level Up To encourage certificants to expand their PFA and SBT skills beyond requirements of their current credential level. Requested documentation for next level (see Eligibility Chart) $10

Reevaluation for Credentialing in Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) and Skill-Based Treatment (SBT) of severe problem behavior is managed by FTF Behavioral Consulting.  You may find the application form here.  Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.  Keep in mind that it may take up to 2-4 weeks to process your application.  Please ensure all requested fields and documentation are thoroughly completed in a single submission to ensure the quickest processing time.

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