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

Note that Summer Courses are not available this year. In-house ABA courses for the 2019/20 school year will be posted towards the end of August 2019 or early September, 2019, once the schedule has been determined.

You may want to check our scheduled REGIONAL COURSES to see if there is a course hosted by a school district that you can attend. Note that regional courses are primarily attended by school district employees. (POPARD provides hosted courses throughout the province, throughout the year, and the host district determines who may attend their training).

Employees of BC school districts and independent schools, once our 2019/2020 training schedule is posted, you'll click HERE to view upcoming in-house ABA course dates and to register online. After you have registered, you will have to provide a signed Confirmation of Employment (COE) form that shows you are a school district / independent school employee (download a COE form here).

If you are NOT an employee of a BC school district / independent school, but are interested in registering for our in-house ABA course, you must first submit an ONLINE APPLICATION for POPARD's review. If you are given permission to attend, an email will be sent to you explaining how to register. *Note that because our training schedule for 2019/2020 has not yet been determined, you will not be able to submit an application at this time. We expect to have our training schedule determined by the end of August 2019, so please check back here then to submit an application to attend one of our courses.*

Course Overview

This 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.

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.

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.

(To view dates and locations for courses taking place around the province outside of POPARD, please go to the Regional Courses page)

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

registration details & fees

**The following information applies to courses held at POPARD. Please check with your School District's Student Support Services Department to enquire about courses being held in your district. Information will also be posted on the Regional Courses page under the Training menu of our website.**

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

Tuition fee for this course is $300. This fee is waived for employees of BC School Districts or Independent Schools following the BC Ministry of Education curriculum with a signed Confirmation of Employment form (download a form here).

Tuition fees will only be refunded if request is made at least 2 weeks before the first day of class.

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

BC School District / independent school personnel, click HERE to view course dates and to register online (Visa, Mastercard, and cheques accepted for payment).

Non-school district / non-independent school personnel who are interested in registering for this course, you must first submit an ONLINE APPLICATION for POPARD's review.


School-year courses will be 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.

For courses held in school districts or other locations, please go to the Regional Courses page under the Training menu of this website.


For more information, please email