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Behaviour Intervention

Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 18.0
Length: One year
Campuses: Online
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Part-time
Offered: Fall
program overview
The Behaviour Intervention Certificate Program prepares students to work in a family setting or centre with young children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The student will be equipped as a behaviour interventionist who can implement behavioural support plans developed by a qualified Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) practitioner. This fully online certificate provides the student with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to be an effective front-line practitioner and team member.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 18 credits
  • Students seeking PLAR and/or transfer credit must complete 33% of all coursework at Douglas College, which includes DACS 1241 (Behaviour Intervention Practicum).
  • A current Standard First Aid with CPR certificate (minimum of eight hours) is required to be eligible for graduation

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Semester I

DACS 1140

Introduction to Practice


DACS 1150

Teaching and Learning Foundations


Semester II

DACS 1170

Characteristics of Exceptionalities


DACS 1280

Foundations of Family Support


Semester III

DACS 1256

Teaching & Learning: Introduction to Communication and Behaviour


Select one course from the following two options:

DACS 1241**

Behaviour Intervention Practicum


DACS 1341**

Behavioural Intervention Lab


Total Credits


** DACS 1241 (or DACS 1341) may be taken up to a maximum of two times.

career transfer pathways
There is considerable demand for qualified behaviour interventionists in British Columbia, especially given the provincial funding available to families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Graduates of this program are prepared to work one-to-one with children with ASD in family homes or specialized centres under the direction of a behavior consultant. 

Graduates receive 13.5 credits of academic transfer credit into the Classroom and Community Support (CCS) Diploma Program.
other information
The "Flexible Options" - Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit

The Behaviour Intervention Program prides itself on its ability to recognize the skills and qualifications of experienced practitioners. If you:

  • have at least two years of full-time equivalent experience working with children or adults with an intellectual disability (primarily in a behaviour interventionist capacity) 
  • are an experienced practitioner in a related field 
  • have applicable public post-secondary credits 
then Flexible Options (our transfer credit and prior learning assessment process) may be for you.

Experienced practitioners may earn up to 75 percent of a credential based on assessment of their previous work/life learning. Transfer credit from approved university transfer and non-university transfer courses can also be used towards this credential.

MCFD employment information 

The MCFD requires Behaviour Interventionists be 19 years old in order to receive MCFD-funded wage payments. 

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements.
  • Evidence of completion of at least 60 hours of supervised work (paid or volunteer) in a department-related setting. Applicants will be mailed a Verification of Volunteer/Work Experience form after they have applied to the program. Forms are to be completed by the applicant's direct supervisor.
  • Two additional professional reference letters attesting to the applicant's suitability to the program.
  • A current resume.
  • A letter of intent from the applicant, stating the reasons for choosing the program, long-term and short-term goals, and the applicant's related strengths and limitations.
  • A personal interview may be required. If an interview is required, the applicant will be notified by the department
  • NOTE:  Applicants who have completed 9 or more post-secondary credits must be in good academic standing (with a minimum GPA of 1.5) for admission to any CFCS program.
Preferential Admissions
Admission to programs within the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies is contingent upon availability of seats and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation. 

To be considered for a seat in the program, applicants must meet all admission criteria. The selective admission process uses a structured format to evaluate all applicants in relation to the admission criteria established for the program. 

Following this review, applicants are ranked according to the degree to which they have met the admission criteria and their demonstration of communication skills, motivation to enter the program and knowledge of the demands of the profession. 

NOTE: Applicants are advised to meet all admission criteria as early as possible to demonstrate preparedness and motivation for obtaining a seat in the program.

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.