Autism & Behavioural Science

Program Information

This program is designed for individuals who are looking for a career where every day is an opportunity to change someone’s life, who are passionate about helping people achieve their potential, and who see people's unique strengths rather than their limitations. Professionals looking to enhance their skills when working with people who face learning or behavioural challenges will benefit from this program.

This graduate certificate program trains students in the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). This scientific approach to human behaviour gives students the skills they need to carefully assess a situation and develop plans that teach new skills and reduce behaviours that get in the way of people being at their best.

Reasons to Choose Lambton College's Autism & Behavioural Science Program

  • Our faculty continue to practice as clinicians in the field allowing them to share up-to-date information and experiences with students about issues that are pressing today.
  • Classes are scheduled Wednesday through Friday so students who live outside Sarnia are able to attend face-to-face classes with minimal commuting time.
  • The Autism & Behavioural Science program at Lambton College has a course sequence that has been verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. In addition, the University of Windsor recognizes this program as equivalent to a full year of study at the University. This is an excellent pathway for students hoping to pursue a degree. 
  • We partner with a local child care centre to provide students with the opportunity to practice skills while they're learning, before heading out on field placements. This experiential learning opportunity helps students better prepare for field placement and employment post-graduation.
  • Students access most of their course learning materials through free interactive iBooks and web resources. Textbook costs are under $300 for the entire program. Technology is used to enhance student learning through practical activities in and out of the classroom. 

Device Requirements

This program requires an iPad.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a recognized diploma or degree in fields such as Developmental Service Worker, Child & Youth Care, Social Service Worker, Early Childhood Education, Educational Assistant or similar programs and/or a Degree in Psychology, Education, Child Studies, Rehabilitation or similar programs.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates qualify for employment as instructor therapists with regional providers of the Ontario Autism Program, private providers of ABA therapy to families, under the supervision of licensed psychologists or Board Certified Behaviour Analysts, within school boards to deliver programs for children with autism and other learning and behavioural challenges, within health care settings and other service agencies as staff with behavioural expertise and knowledge related to autism. 


The Behavior Analyst Certification Board Inc. has verified the following course sequence (AUT-5004, AUT-5042, AUT-6004, AUT-6023) when taken in-class at Lambton College, as meeting the course work requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify including supervised practice hours. To view pass-rate data for Verified Course Sequences please visit Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation. Please visit for more details.

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