Qualification Requirements

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

1. 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), such as relevant certifications, transcripts or syllabi showing completed coursework and supervised training comparable to the requirements to take the BCBA or BCBA-Doctoral exam.  As a psychologist or psychological associate with ABA expertise, you are eligible to apply to the OAP Provider List. You do not need to obtain a BCBA or BCBA-D, however, you will need to a BCBA-D provide an "Applied Behaviour Analysis Expertise Package", which will confirm your ABA expertise. 

2. At least 3,000 hours post-certification/registration experience delivering ABA services to children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (including a minimum of 1,500 post-certification hours involving supervisory duties)*.  Examples of supervisory duties include:

  • Developing new ABA programs and/or adjusting existing programs;
  • Designing and implementing individualized behaviour intervention plans;
  • Assessing a child’s skill level and training team members to teach the child skills;
  • Conducting functional behavior assessments;
  • Analyzing and interpreting data;
  • Providing field supervision to front-line staff;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the performance of front-line staff;
  • Being available to give direction to caregivers and front-line staff by phone when there is an emergency or urgent need;
  • Preparing and discussing progress reports with caregivers and staff;
  • Leading staff meetings and training.

3. Applicant must reside in Ontario

4. Vulnerable sector check that is

  • less than one year old AND
  • has been conducted by an Ontario-based police service or a third-party organization that has been authorized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to access the Canadian Police Information Centre databases.

5. Professional liability insurance (purchased individually or through employer)

6. 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)


By April 1, 2024, Ontario Autism Program clinical supervisors must meet all other qualification requirements, including:

  • at least 3,000 hours of post-certification or registration experience (typically completed over two years) providing ABA services to children and youth on the autism spectrum. This experience must:
    • have been acquired after the person obtained their BCBA or BCBA-Doctoral credentials or registered with the CPO (prior practicum experience or field work hours do not count)
    • include at least 1,500 hours of supervisory tasks

These deadlines replace the original April 1, 2021 qualification deadline.

Practitioners can continue to clinically supervise behavioural services in the Ontario Autism Program if they are working towards the qualification requirements.

If practitioners are unable to meet or upgrade their qualifications by April 1, 2024, they will be able to provide behavioural services in the program only if they are supervised by a behavioural clinician who has all the required clinical supervisor qualifications.  For more details, please visit the Ontario Autism Program: Information for Practitioners

How to Calculate Hours of Experience

For each provider, The OAP Provider List will accept up to:

  • 6 hours per day to a maximum of 5 days a week
  • 48 weeks per year which allows for up of 2 weeks (or 10 days) for statutory holidays and 2 weeks (or 10 days) vacation days (this is 92.3% )

If a provider is working full time, without any leaves of absence, they will accumulate approximately 1440 hours per year.

  1. For each role determine how many weeks you have been working since certification/registration
  2. Take the number of weeks x 92.3% x 6 hours a day of ABA hours x 5 days per week
  3. This will give you the total number of ABA hours obtained in this role

A general rule of thumb is that it will take approximately 2 years and 3 months to earn 3000 total ABA hours required to join the OAP Provider List as outlined above, since certification/registration.

*Please note:

  • The OAP Provider List uses a formula based on the BCBA Handbook - Experience Standard outlined by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board.
  • This calculation will be impacted by maternity leave, leaves of absence or if you’re not working full-time.
  • 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.
Clinical Supervisors Who Are Not on the OAP Provider List

It is recommended that families who use OAP funding to purchase ABA services, work with clinical supervisors who are listed on the OAP Provider List as they have met all of the OAP Provider List qualification requirements, as set by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.


Please see here for more details: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program-childhood-budgets#section-6

or

https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program-information-practitioners#section-3


Families can continue to work with a clinical supervisor who is not on the provider list as long the clinical supervisor has, or is working towards, Ontario Autism Program’s qualifications requirements. To use your childhood budget or interim one-time funding to buy services from a clinical supervisor who is not on the provider list, the clinical supervisor must give you a signed copy of the attestation form  before you receive services. You will need to attach a copy of the signed attestation form when you submit your expense report.


If you are still not sure whether an item is eligible, email oap@ontario.ca or call 1-888-444-4530.