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Behavioural Science Technician (Intensive) Dip GBC

Behavioural Science Technician (Intensive) Dip GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

The one-year Behavioural Science Technician (Intensive) diploma program of George Brown College is for applicants who have a bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology or a related discipline. You must have completed at least an Introduction to Psychology subject and one other psychology-related course.

Since this program will provide you with an opportunity to study applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and behavioural intervention, you will be encountering the following themes:

  • Behavioural theory and application;
  • Program development;
  • Scientific method;
  • Ethics and professionalism;
  • Diversity;
  • General education with an emphasis on practical application in the field;
  • Practicum and course work is often related to autism and developmental disabilities.

As as a Behaviour Analyst, you will learn the theory, technology and direct application of the principles of operant conditioning.

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Course Delivery

This Behavioural Science Technician Diploma George Brown College is offered at the Waterfront Campus of George Brown College.  Field education is a requirement for semesters two and three.


Careers of graduates are often related to autism and developmental disabilities. You may be employed in a variety of settings with diverse clinical populations of all ages who frequently present challenging behaviours, working to develop and implement behavioural interventions designed to manage challenging behaviours and/or teach skills.

You may find employment in:

  • Intensive behavioural intervention programs (IBI);
  • Schools;
  • Hospitals;
  • Residential and treatment facilities;
  • Vocational agencies.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Implement effective behaviour analytic intervention strategies based on the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in order to increase desired behaviours, teach new skills, and decrease contextually problematic behaviours;
  2. Integrate background information and knowledge of special populations into therapeutic practice, in order to develop behavioural interventions using a behaviour analytic approach;
  3. Communicate with various stakeholders the behaviour analytic principles, processes, and concepts central to the interventions being provided in order to enhance quality of service;
  4. Compile measurements of behaviour in accordance with the ONTABA standards of practice and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Guidelines for Responsible Conduct in order to conduct behavioural assessments and develop behavioural interventions;
  5. Apply systems thinking to behavioural processes related to socially significant behaviour change in order to ensure the sustainability of behaviour change programs that increase an individual's quality of life;
  6. Adhere to federal, provincial, and professional policies and regulations associated with the ethical practice of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) among various populations or service sectors;
  7. Apply input gained from collaboration with stakeholders (including individuals, family members, and community members) and professionals in the field of service into effective client service intervention;
  8. Develop a reflective practice, using professional development and self-care strategies to enhance professional competence;
  9. Develop client-centered behavioural intervention plans that account for individuals' rights, needs, goals, and their social and community context;
  10. Integrate the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of behaviour analysis into a comprehensive case formulation of human behaviour to assist in the assessment, design, and implementation of behaviour change programs.

Course Outline


  • BST1003:  Behavioural Theory
  • BST1007:  Behaviour Theory and Practice: Introduction to ABA
  • BST1030:  Behaviour Theory and Practice: Behavioural Assessment
  • BST1032:  Ethics and Professionalism
  • BST2002:  Research Design


  • BST2003:  Crisis Prevention and Intervention
  • BST2036:  Behaviour Theory and Practice: Acquisition Strategies
  • BST2037:  Behaviour Theory and Practice: Reduction Strategies
  • BST2041:  Behaviour Theory and Practice: Group-Based Interventions
  • BST2044:  ABA Application to Special Populations
  • BST2027:  Field Seminar II
  • BST2038:  Field Placement II


  • BST2041:  Behaviour Theory and Practice: Group-Based Interventions
  • BST2042:  Field Seminar III
  • BST2043:  Field Placement III

Course Info

Course Code : C156

College : School of Health and Wellness

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Diploma

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  20,280 for 3 semesters.  Spring and summer semester fees are paid separately
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There is only ONE intake date per year and this is in SEPTEMBER.

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Health and Wellness of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • Completion of a 3-year or 4-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology (or related discipline) or Bachelor of Science degree
    • Related degrees must include at least one or more psychology course(s)
    • Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions. 
  • Additional Mandatory Requirements
    • Pre-placement Health Form.  You must meet all mandatory requirements.
    • Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually).  You will be required to submit this before entering into field or clinical placement.  If you fail to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent you from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5
    • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL iBT: 80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band
    • PTE Academic: 54 overall, minimum 50 in each skill band

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