Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis: Part 1, Instruction course (ABA-01)

Introduction to ABA in-house training dates (2019-2020 School Year):

  • Jan 20 - 24, 2020 *Registration Closed*
  • March 9 - 13, 2020
  • May 11 - 15, 2020
  • Jun 22 - 26, 2020

This course is 5 days long and is held at our training facility in Delta BC (see additional location information below). The entire course must be attended in order to receive the course certificate - we do not offer makeup hours or days.

Before registering/applying for POPARD training, please review our Training/Course Policies and Registration information, specifically our policies regarding: Participant Code of Conduct & Attendance; Course Work & Evaluation; Expected English Language Proficiency; Accommodations For Participants With Disabilities.

Registration Information

Employees of BC school districts and independent schools

Employees of BC school districts and independent schools can click HERE to register online. You may pay online with a Visa or Mastercard. After you have registered, you must send POPARD a signed Confirmation of Employment (COE) form that shows you are a school district / independent school employee (download a COE form here).

Can't find dates that work for you? School district employees can check our scheduled Regional Courses to see if there is a course hosted by a school district that you may be able to attend. Note that regional courses are primarily attended by school district employees. (POPARD provides hosted courses to school districts throughout the province, throughout the year).

NOT an employee of a BC school, but interested in taking our course?

If you are NOT an employee of a BC school district or independent school, you must first submit an Online Application for POPARD's review. If your application is approved, POPARD will email you with details on registration and fee payment.

Course Fees

Administration fee of $75 (payable by ALL registrants) includes participant workbook and additional reference materials. This fee is non-refundable.

Tuition fee is $300. The tuition fee is waived for employees of BC School Districts or Independent Schools following the BC Ministry of Education curriculum as long as a signed-off Confirmation of Employment form is submitted (school employees can download a COE form here).

Tuition fee will only be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by POPARD at least 2 weeks before the first day of class.

NOTE: Fees paid to POPARD for courses held at POPARD are not transferable to regional courses held in school districts or other locations.


In-house POPARD courses are held at POPARD's Training Facility in Delta, BC at 4746 57th Street (map & directions). For those taking public transit, the Ladner Exchange is nearby.

Course Overview

This 5-day course reflects current research and evidence-based practice in teaching students with ASD. In addition, research-based methods of effective adult instruction are used in this course. These include pre-reading, practical hands-on activities, demonstration, coaching and application exercises as well as a variety of ways of evaluating participant learning:

5%:    Pre-reading quiz
15%:  3 daily quizzes
10%:  Discrete trial teaching demo
15%:  Activities
15%:  3 self-reflection assignments
40%:  Final quiz (closed-book)

Daily readings are also required.

This 30-hour course is held at our training facility in Delta over a 5-day period, from 8:30 am–4:00 pm daily, with two 15-minute breaks and a 1-hour lunch break.

Completion of this course provides the participant with an overview of ABA history and theory, with an emphasis on practical applications in school settings. Participants will have the opportunity to practice teaching using discrete trial and task analysis formats. They will also see how ABA principles are applied to other teaching situations and to program development for students with autism spectrum disorders.

Goals of this Course

  • to learn basic ABA theory and definitions
  • to learn how to implement basic ABA instructional strategies and techniques
  • to learn how to collect reliable and consistent data when working with students

When candidates complete the ABA course, they will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the ABC’s of behaviour
  • demonstrate reinforcement strategies for students
  • demonstrate using a Discrete Trial teaching format with a variety of curricula
  • use Errorless Learning techniques within DTF instruction
  • record the level of prompting for instruction when collecting data
  • define Sd, R, C, and Prompts
  • shape a behaviour or skill
  • identify chaining strategies and prompting levels
  • complete a task analysis and collect data for a task analysis
  • identify naturalistic opportunities for instruction for students
  • select appropriate ABA strategies and techniques to teach a variety of skills

NOTE:  This course will not qualify participants as a behavioural analyst, nor to act as a consultant.  It will provide participants with the knowledge necessary to carry out behavioural programs with children under the direction of a school staff with experience in autism and relevant educational qualifications.

If you are looking for qualification in assessment and program design, then a rigorous program of training, supervision, and evaluation over time is required. For information on training and qualifications for Board Certified Behavior Analysts or for Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts, see the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board at


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