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This program is available in English and French. To view the French version, visit: Formation en intervention auprès des personnes autistes.

Our programs use only evidence-based practices, such as Applied Behaviour Analysis, an established treatment that meets the National Autism Centre standards.

Over the course of 18 weeks, you will learn how to enhance your ability to modify the behaviour of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other behavioural challenges and apply more effective interventions. You will be able to make informed decisions and nurture respectful collaborative relationships for the benefit of those with ASD.

Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) Certification: Participants will complete the BACB’s RBT Task List, which includes core tasks that are likely to be performed by behaviour technicians. Upon completion, participants will be eligible to apply to write the RBT examination.

Program format

Run over the course of one academic year, in a flexible format, this program blends online and face-to-face learning, so you can balance family and work commitments with your learning.

The program consists of a 18-week online program with practicum:

  • 120 hours of online core theory lectures
  • 10-day core practicum that includes hands-on training and working closely with ASD experts
  • 12 hours of training via Zoom

Who should attend?

The program is geared toward community living and human services counselors and social workers; daycare and group home workers; teachers and educational assistants; occupational therapists; caregivers and family members; and, healthcare providers.

Admission requirements

  • Have a post-secondary diploma related to Early Childhood Education (ECE) or two years of post-secondary studies in a related field
  • Have a minimum of one year of working with children or youth with developmental delays

Program topics

Core theory

  • Knowledge of Autism (ABA*)
    • The Causes and Diagnostic Features of Children with ASDs
    • Typical and Atypical Development: Understanding Autism
    • Introduction to ABA and Basics of Behaviour Theory
    • Reinforcement
  • Evidence-Based Practices (1)
    • Evaluation of Child Progress
    • Prompts, Fading and Attending
    • Incidental Teaching
    • Communication
  • Functional Skills (ADL†)
    • Self Help Skills
    • Social Skills
    • Medical Awareness
    • Sexuality
    • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Understanding Behaviours
    • Shaping and Differential Reinforcement
    • Discrete Trial Instruction
    • Functional Behaviour Assessment and Functional Analysis
    • Behaviour Management
  • Evidence-Based Practices (1)
    • Verbal Behaviour Intervention
    • Generalization Maintenance
    • Task Analysis and Chaining
    • Visual Supports

*Applied Behaviour Analysis
†Activities of Daily Living

Core practicum

  • Support Skills
    • Reinforcement
    • Prompt and prompt fading
    • Error correction
  • Data Collection and Analysis
    • Functional Behaviour Assessment (FBA)
    • Reducing problematic behaviours
    • Behaviour support plan

To register, visit CCNB Autism Intervention or contact: