Preparing students to work in the field of behavioural science for more than 15 years.

All full-time program faculty are board-certified behaviour analysts (some of whom are alumni).

Behavioural Science Technician is a two-year diploma program that provides you with an opportunity to study Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). This field of study helps prepare you for work that is often related to developmental disabilities, brain injuries, gerontology and behavioural disorders.


Program name
Behavioural Science Technician
Experiential learning
Field education in semesters 2, 3 and 4.
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

Behavioural Science Technician is a two-year diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to study applied behaviour analysis (ABA). This field of study helps prepare you for work that is often related to developmental disabilities, brain injury, gerontology, and behavioural disorders. A common misconception about this program is that it involves teaching students counselling and "talk therapy." It does not.

The themes in the program include:

  • behavioural theory and application
  • program development
  • scientific method
  • ethics and professionalism
  • diversity
  • general education with an emphasis on practical application in the field

Course work, practicum and employment is often related to autism and developmental disabilities; however, the program also covers behaviour analysis in the areas of dementia, brain injury and childhood disorders.

Students who elect to transfer to our degree program and/or continue their education in Behaviour Analsysis may find employment opportunities in a variety of settings.

For applicants who have a bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology or a related discipline, we offer an intensive delivery of this program [Behavioural Science Technician Accelerated (C156)] leading to a diploma in less than one year.

To learn more about the work of a behavioural science technician, search the web using these keywords:

  • behaviour analysis
  • applied behaviour analysis
  • intensive behavioural intervention
  • operant conditioning

Alternately, you can visit these industry-specific websites for more information on this field of study:

Part Time Study Options

This program does not offer a part-time study option.

Experiential Learning

Field education in semesters 2, 3 and 4.

Your Field Study options

Field placement gives students the opportunity to apply classroom theory in a real world environment.

Offered in Semesters 2, 3 and 4, each field experience builds upon the previous one and provides access to different clinical populations across the lifespan. The depth and breadth of these opportunities not only enriches the overall learning experience but allows students to start building their own professional network within the sector.

George Brown faculty work with students and our extensive network of community partners to secure placement.

NOTE: Field education may require travel due to the number of opportunities for appropriate placements within the Greater Toronto Area. Students may be required to travel to locations as far east as Oshawa, as far west as Burlington, and as far north as Vaughan.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Implement effective behaviour analytic intervention strategies based on the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in order to increase desired behaviours, teach new skills, and decrease contextually problematic behaviours.
  2. Integrate background information and knowledge of special populations into therapeutic practice, in order to develop behavioural interventions using a behaviour analytic approach.
  3. Communicate with various stakeholders the behaviour analytic principles, processes, and concepts central to the interventions being provided in order to enhance quality of service.
  4. Compile measurements of behaviour in accordance with the ONTABA standards of practice and the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board's Guidelines for Responsible conduct in order to conduct behavioural assessments and develop behavioural interventions.
  5. Apply systems thinking to behavioural processes related to socially significant behaviour change in order to ensure the sustainability of behaviour change programs that increase an individual’s quality of life.
  6. Adhere to federal, provincial, and professional policies and regulations associated with the ethical practice of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) among various populations or service sectors.
  7. Apply input gained from collaboration with stakeholders (including individuals, family members, and community members) and professionals in the field of service into effective client service intervention.
  8. Develop a reflective practice, using professional development and self-care strategies to enhance professional competence.
  9. Develop client-centered behavioural intervention plans that account for individuals’ rights, needs, goals, and their social and community context.
  10. Integrate the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of behaviour analysis into a comprehensive case formulation of human behaviour to assist in the assessment, design, and implementation of behaviour change programs.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BST1003Behavioural Theory
BST1007Behaviour Theory and Practice: Introduction to ABA
BST1028Strategies for Student Success
COMM1007College English
GSSC1081Lifespan Development
GSSC1105Introduction to Psychology
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BST1029Developmental Disabilities in Ontario: Policy and Process
BST1030Behaviour Theory and Practice: Behavioural Assessment
BST1031Interpersonal and Group Skills
BST1032Ethics and Professionalism
BST2003Crisis Prevention and Intervention
BST2009Field Seminar I
BST2014Field Placement I
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BST2035Research Design and Statistics
BST2036Behaviour Theory and Practice: Acquisition Strategies
BST2037Behaviour Theory and Practice: Reduction Strategies
BST2027Field Seminar II
BST2038Field Placement II
PSY2017Abnormal Psychology


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BST2039Special Populations: Childhood Issues
BST2040Special Populations: Acquired Brain Injury and Gerontology
BST2041Behaviour Theory and Practice: Group-Based Interventions
BST2042Field Seminar III
BST2043Field Placement III

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

Graduates are employed in a variety of settings with diverse clinical populations of all ages who frequently present challenging behaviours. They may work to develop and implement behavioural interventions designed to teach skills and manage challenging behaviours.

Employment is often related to autism and developmental disabilities; however, it can also include work with clients and families experiencing the impact of dementia, brain injury and mental health issues.

Graduates may find employment in:

  • schools
  • treatment centres
  • residential facilities
  • community and vocational agencies

Future Study Options

Graduates of any approved 2-year Ontario College behavioural science technology program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be eligible to enter the bridging pathway into the 3rd year of the Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis degree program (S303). For more information about this degree pathway please email Andrew McNamara at

International students who have successfully completed the Behavioural Science Technology (C116) advanced diploma or the Behavioural Science Technician (C146) may apply to the S303 Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis (Year 3 Bridge) program stream by contacting Program Coordinator, Andrew McNamara.

Graduates of a health sciences program who have an interest in working in long-term care facilities should consider applying to our new Interprofessional Complex and Long-Term Care postgraduate certificate. This two-semester program starting January 2020 is delivered online and includes a clinical field placement component. For details, visit


$3,712.00 *

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and of the selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Note: Although not required for Admission purposes, one of the following courses is recommended for your success in the program.

  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)


  • Science - One course from this list: Biology, Grade 12 (U) or Grade 11 (C or U); Chemistry, Grade 12 (C or U) or Grade 11 (U); Physics, Grade 12 (C or U) or Grade 11 (U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Students will be expected to engage with technology on a regular basis. George Brown requires the use of the Learning Management System (Blackboard); word processing, presentation, and data/graphing software; and other programs/apps.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Special Requirements

Additional Mandatory Requirements

Pre-placement Health Form (for first year C146 students)

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually) (for first year C146 students)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)."
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a "clear" police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a "not clear" status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at

Success Stories

C136 Louis Busch

Louis Busch is passionate about behaviour analysis and its potential for improving people's lives. The behaviour therapist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) uses behaviour analysis – interventions to bring about positive behaviour change – to help individuals with autism, acquired brain injury, intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health issues. Busch created and implemented a successful pilot program to increase the capacity of staff in community group homes to care for individuals with complex needs and challenging behaviour. The program has since been expanded province-wide. Bear Clan Cree from the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Busch also consults with CAMH's aboriginal outreach program.

Louis Busch (Graduate 2008, Behavioural Science Technology)

Behaviour Therapist, Forensic Rehabilitation Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

"It has been a pleasure to provide placement opportunities for students of this program. The students are professional and well prepared for the placement. They bring with them a refreshing enthusiasm for the field and the individuals they support at Community Living Toronto."

Linda Dupuis, Behaviour Therapist, Community Living Toronto

Contact Us

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