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What is ABA?

Behaviour Analysis is the science of learning and behaviour.  In behaviour analysis the aim is to describe, understand, and predict behaviour patterns.

Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) is a subfield of behaviour analysis that uses evidence-based methods to teach new behaviours to increase a skill or replace maladaptive behaviours. While ABA is most widely known in the field of Autism and Disability studies, it can be used in any field, with any population- because we all engage in behaviour.

A BCBA is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

This is someone who has completed the required schooling, the supervised practice hours and passed the written exam to achieve the credentials. A BCBA is trained to understand the impact behaviour change strategies have and how to deliver service to those in need in an ethical, responsible manner. In Ontario, Behaviour Analyst’s will soon be regulated under the Ontario College of Psychology. This is an exciting development for service providers and caregivers in Ontario as it ensures only those meeting the proper qualifications can assume the title of Behaviour Analyst. 

For more information on credentialing or ethics involved in behaviour analysis, please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) at, or the College of Psychologists of Ontario at

What is BCBA?

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