Qualification Requirements

To join the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Provider List, applicants must demonstrate that they meet the following qualification requirements, as set by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services:

  • One of the following professional designations:
    • Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®)
    • Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral™ (BCBA-D™)
    • Clinical Psychologist or Psychological Associate registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) with documented expertise in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)(1)
  • At least 3,000 hours post-certification/registration experience  (typically completed over two years) delivering ABA services to children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (including a minimum of 1,500 post-certification hours involving supervisory duties)(2)
  • A Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Professional liability insurance (purchased individually or through employer)
  • Adherence to a professional code of conduct (e.g., Behavior Analyst Certification Board® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code, College of Psychologists of Ontario Standards of Professional Conduct)

For an interim period, families can continue to use their OAP Childhood Budgets to purchase behavioural services from a Clinical Supervisor who is not yet on the Provider List but is working towards the OAP’s qualification requirements. These Clinical Supervisors working towards qualifying for the Provider List will not be permitted to join the list until they have achieved all of the qualifications.

If you are a psychologist or psychological associate with Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) expertise, you are eligible to join the OAP Provider List. You do not need to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) or Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral™ (BCBA-D™); you will, however, need to have your ABA expertise confirmed by a BCBA-D™. Upon receiving your application package, Autism Ontario will contact you with more information about the equivalency process for confirming ABA expertise.

Take Note

(1)Documentation demonstrating ABA expertise can include relevant certifications, transcripts, or syllabi showing that the individual has completed coursework and supervised training that is comparable to the requirements to sit for the BCBA®/BCBA-D™ examination. See the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® website for more information on examination requirements: https://www.bacb.com/bcba/bcba-requirements/ 

(2)Post-certification/registration means that the person obtained this experience after receiving his or her certification as a BCBA®/BCBA-D™ or after registering with the CPO. Experience obtained prior to certification or registration, such as practicum experience, or pre-certification field work hours, cannot be counted towards this total.

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