Frequently Asked Questions: OBM Specialist Certificate

Answering your FAQs about the new OBM Specialist Certificate and our older OBM Certificate

1. What is the older OBM Certificate?

The older OBM Certificate was launched in 2016 and included 2 on-demand courses (Essentials of Organizational Behavior Management and Learning in the Workplace) and one project-based course (OBM Applied!). The two on-demand courses are required prerequisites for the project-based course. The project-based course requires individuals to work on a sponsored project in their workplace throughout the course. It is designed for individuals who are currently employed and have support from a sponsor in their organization to work on an OBM project. During that course, students meet bi-weekly with an instructor and a small group of students to provide project updates and receive guidance from an OBM instructor. 

2. When will a new OBM Certificate replace the old one?

The older OBM Certificate is expected to no longer be available after the January 2021 term of OBM Applied!, the third and final course in the series. The January 2021 term of OBM Applied begins on Monday, January 11, 2021. This means that if students want to complete this version of the OBM Certificate, they will need to take the two prerequisite courses (Essentials of Organizational Behavior Management and Learning in the Workplace) and sign up for the January 2021 term of OBM Applied. Registration for the January 2021 term of OBM Applied is expected to open in late October 2020. 

3. Why is the older OBM Certificate being phased out?

Over the years of offering the older OBM Certificate, some students have said they wished they learned more about selecting and navigating an OBM project before being required to do a project-based course. This was most often requested by students who did not have much prior experience leading an improvement project in their workplace. The two prerequisites in the older OBM Certificate, although great OBM courses, did not necessarily cover topics that prepared them to begin their own OBM project. The first time students saw all of the OBM project tools in action were when they applied them to their project in the final course. Additionally, some students could not sign up or complete the final course because they were not employed, did not have the support to do a project, did not know how to identify a business opportunity for an OBM project, or lost their project or job during the course.

4. Will the OBM Specialist Certificate replace the older OBM Certificate, and what will it look like?

Yes, we will soon only have one OBM Certificate - the OBM Specialist Certificate. At this time, it is designed as one course, called The OBM Specialist Certificate. It is an updated design that allows individuals to complete the certificate even if they are not currently employed or do not yet have a project. Students may wish to begin a project while completing this course if they are eager to start applying the tools to their workplace. They are not required to, and even if they lose/change their project or job, they can remain in the course, continue learning about the tools in action, and gain the certificate. 

5. I was planning on completing the older OBM Certificate. I began/completed the first two courses in that program before I learned about the new OBM Specialist Certificate. What should I do?

Most students prefer to take the new OBM Specialist Certificate, but if you are currently employed, already have a sponsored project that you think is appropriate to do as an OBM project, and feel ready to receive coaching from an OBM instructor, you may prefer to register for OBM Applied to complete the older version of the OBM Certificate. However, you would need to register for the January 2021 term of OBM Applied, as this course is expected to be unavailable after that term. Additionally, because OBM Applied includes project-based coaching from an instructor, we can only support a limited number of students, and a spot in that term is not guaranteed. We will be updating OBM Applied to be a new project-based course that better matches the content in the OBM Specialist Certificate for individuals who want project-based coaching after completing the OBM Specialist Certificate. See question 6 below. 

6. Will you still offer a project-based course like OBM Applied?

Yes. We are currently working on a new “course” that is designed for individuals who want to apply OBM in their workplace using the SPACE model and tools while getting coaching from an OBM instructor. The word “course” is in quotation marks, as it will be designed to focus on coaching the student through the application of the tools to their project, rather than having students learn brand new material. This will allow individuals to enroll in it as much as they want, any time they have a project and want continued coaching and mentorship from an OBM instructor. We are hopeful that the OBM Specialist Certificate will better prepare individuals to complete an OBM project in their workplace, and get the most out of project-based coaching from an OBM instructor (if they choose to do so). But doing a project with coaching from an instructor is no longer required to gain the OBM Specialist Certificate. This course is expected to be available by late spring 2021.

7. Why are you calling the new OBM Specialist Certificate a “beta test?”

At this time, we are calling the OBM Specialist Certificate course a “beta test”, as the course is brand new. The first beta test went live to students on July 13, 2020. We ask the first few groups of students to go through it for their honest feedback, which may lead to some additions and modifications to the certificate. If a lot of additional content to the certificate is added after receiving feedback from the groups of beta test students, we will be happy to give all beta test students access to the updated course and material when available.

8. When I complete this course, will my certificate say “beta test” on it?

No, your certificate will say “OBM Specialist Certificate.”

9. When I complete this course, will I be certified in OBM?

The OBM Specialist Certificate is a professional development certificate that is worth continuing education units for Behavior Analysts and Human Resource professionals (just like our older OBM Certificate). Students can use the continuing education units earned in this certificate to maintain their certification that they already have from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) if applicable to them. 

Please note that the OBM Specialist Certificate is not a certification. Being certified (i.e., having a certification) implies that a governing body (such as the BACB) oversees the standard requirements for training and certification. At this time, there is no single governing body that defines the standards for training or “certifying” OBM professionals. 

10. What is the “Foundations” Module?

In our efforts to disseminate behavior analysis and OBM, we have designed this course to be more friendly to individuals who do not have much formal training in behavior analysis. The Foundations module that opens on Week one is strongly recommended for students who do not have formal training in behavior analysis. 

Much of the content in this module will be a review of basic concepts for individuals already formally trained in behavior analysis, so the content in this module does not count toward the BACB CEU calculation. Because this is a beta test and we are looking for everyone’s feedback, we ask that you please take the time to complete it even if you are already trained in behavior analysis. You may find that it does not add value to your learning in this course, but we would love your thoughts on its usefulness to a general audience. 

11. Do I need a textbook for the OBM Specialist Certificate?

At this time there is no required textbook. Students will get access to the interactive SPACE Model Toolkit pdf in the Handouts Module of the course. They will learn more about how to apply the tools by following the case studies throughout the course. Some students wanting additional material may wish to purchase the OBM Applied books as supplemental reading while completing the OBM Specialist Certificate. 


Please contact the Professional Development Team at ABA Technologies, Inc.: E-mail: PDTeam@abatechnologies.com

  • Students answer discussion question by end of day Monday
  • Students submit a content-related question to the instructor and group (optional)
  • First optional meeting with instructor and group, Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 PM EST
  • Students answer discussion question by end of day Monday
  • Students submit a content-related question to the instructor and group (optional)
  • Recording of meeting 1 available to all students
  • Second optional meeting with instructor and group, Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 PM EST
  • Students answer discussion question by end of day Monday
  • Students submit a content-related question to the instructor and group (optional)
  • Recording of meeting 2 available to all students
  • Third optional meeting with instructor and group, Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 PM EST
  • Students answer discussion question by end of day Monday
  • Students submit a content-related question to the instructor and group (optional)
  • Recording of meeting 3 available to all students
  • Fourth optional meeting with instructor and group, Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 PM EST
  • Recording of meeting 4 available to all students

Next Class June 7, 2021

Course Close Date: The last required module will unlock by Saturday, March 13. Students must complete all course requirements, including the feedback survey and completion survey by 11:59 PM Friday, April 30 (EST).

Individual Price: $545

Continuing Education: 17.5 BACB Learning CEUs, 3 of which may be used as Supervision CEUs

Student Toolkit: This comes with a fillable PDF toolkit that includes content and tools that follow our SPACE (Scope, Pinpoint, Assess, Change, Embed) Model for applying OBM.

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Important Note: Space in the beta test is limited. If the course fills up before you get a chance to register, please e-mail PDTeam@abatechnologies.com and we will notify you when another beta test term opens up. ABA Technologies and FL Tech will also post updates on their social media and websites. We plan to do at least one more beta test term this year (hopefully more!). 


Allison King, PhD, BCBA

Ryan Curran, MS, BCBA

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