Behavioural Interventions

Certificate of Achievement

The Behavioural Interventions Certificate of Achievement (BICA) program provides a blend of academic training and skill development in applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA principles and procedures are applicable across a wide range of human services, especially in the assistance and treatment of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. This certificate is of benefit to individuals working in psychology, education, social work and health.

Learning and Career Growth

The BICA program will show you how to:
• Acquire academic training and skills in applied behavior analysis (ABA)
• Become equipped to implement behavioural support plans developed by a qualified applied behaviour analysis practitioner
• Gain the skills to work one-to-one with individuals who have developmental disabilities
• Explore basic strategies and tactics of behaviour self-management as well as the application of self-management procedures to specific areas of concern
• Complete courses that will assist you in meeting the requirements to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA®)

Professional Accredidation

This program will enable students to meet the course requirements to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA®), as specified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®). Information about the BCaBA® and the additional requirements for it (practical experience component and final examination) can be found on the BACB® website.

Duration and Delivery

The BICA program can be completed in as little as one year, depending on the courses completed prior to applying.


Current MacEwan students enrolled in a program while concurrently completing the BICA courses will be assessed according to their program fees as listed on the MacEwan website for that particular program.
External applicants or MacEwan University graduates will be assessed the course fees for Open Studies courses.

Program Eligibility

Applicants must:
• Submit a resume or CV
• Submit a letter of intent
• Submit post-secondary transcripts
• Have completed 60 university credits

Letter of intent guidelines:
Please share information about why this program is right for you. Please respond to the following points, including specific details and examples of:
• Qualifications: relevant work and/or volunteer experience, special skills, qualifications and knowledge of the industry
• Career Goals: expectations of how the Behavioural Interventions Certificate of Achievement will further your career goals
• Additional skills: any additional skills or knowlege you think might contribute to your success

Intake and Program Length

Intakes for the BICA program are in Fall and Winter. Applicants can expect to hear about their applications approximately one month before the term begins.
• Fall application deadline: July 15
• Winter application deadline: November 15

Completion Requirements

BACB® Verified Course Sequence for BCaBA® Certification

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following MacEwan University course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst examination.

Students are strongly encouraged to continue checking the BACB® website for updates and changes to any and all qualifications that are required to apply for certification.

• PSYC 281 Principles of Behaviour
• PSYC 385 Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
• PABA 485 Single-Case Research Designs
• PABA 486 Behavioural Interventions in Developmental Disabilities
• PABA 487 Clinical Behaviour Analysis and Professional Ethics


If you have any questions about your enrolment, or if you would prefer not to enrol online, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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