Licensing and Certification

The Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis supports the certification of Behaviour Analysts through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) as well as the licensing of Applied Behaviour Analysis Psychologists through the Psychological Association of Manitoba (PAM).

Certification and licensure are compatible ways to define the credentials of professionals working in a field. They differ in a number of ways, however, and MABA has worked in partnership with both the BACB® and PAM to establish criteria for certification and licensure of individuals practicing in the field of Behaviour Analysis in the province.

 

Board Certification

Board certification for Behaviour Analysis is done through the BACB®. Board certification, as described by Miltenberger (2010), is the recognition of an individual’s professional achievement and is given to professionals who have completed a terminal degree in their respective field of study (i.e., Behaviour Analysis) and demonstrate competency in their field. Board certification is considered nonstatutory recognition. Certification by the BACB® is not overseen by a law enacted by legislative branch of a government in the province of Manitoba.

 

BACB® Testing Centre in Manitoba

The BACB examination may be written at the Pearson Professional Centre in Winnipeg:

1020 Lorimer Blvd
Suite 309
Sterling Lyon Building
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 1C7
Canada

Visit the BACB website to find out more about writing your BACB examination in Winnipeg.

 

CE Providers in Manitoba

MABA is an approved BACB CE provider in Manitoba. Please view our conference program as well as our events page for details about upcoming CE opportunities. You may also contact our CE Coordinator at cecoordinator@maba.ca.

 

Previous MABA – BACB® agreement to increase number of BCBAs in Manitoba

In February 2012, MABA reached an agreement with the BACB® to increase the number of BCBAs in the province of Manitoba. The agreement remained in place between February 2012 and February 28th 2015. Below is a summary of the agreement.

The BACB's Board of Directors has agreed to accept Experience Verification Forms that were signed by Supervisors for experience obtained after April 1, 2005. Supervisors who qualify to provide supervision include the following individuals:

1. Be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in good standing

2. Be a faculty member in a BACB approved course sequence (including adjunct faculty)

3. Hold a doctoral degree for at least 10 years with clearly demonstrated expertise in behavior analysis

4. Be a registered psychologist with clearly demonstrated expertise in behavior analysis.

After the expiry of the Alternative Pathway in February 2015, all supervision must be conducted according to the current BACB standards

 

Licensing 

Licensure for ABA psychologists allows members of the public, colleagues, and consumers to identify ABA psychologists with defined competencies and it protects them from harm and the misuse of behavioural technologies by untrained individuals. It allows for legal oversight of professionals who meet criteria established by provincial boards and who wish to identify themselves as “ABA Psychologists.” Provincial Licensing boards have the staff and authority to respond to complaints brought forth by the general public (or other psychologists) of unethical practices by those who are licensed, which protects not only consumers but also professionals who practice following ethical guidelines.

The regulatory body that oversees the practice of Psychologists in Manitoba is the Psychological Association of Manitoba (PAM). PAM and MABA have worked together over the past few years and PAM has established an ABA practice area and is currently registering individuals who meet the criteria for licensure as ABA psychologists. For details on licensing as an ABA Psychologist please visit PAM’s website (http://www.cpmb.ca).