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In the meantime, please be aware that we will continue to caution families to carefully check qualifications of individual behavior consultants they may be interested in hiring. And, although we cannot and do not endorse the expertise of any professional on the RASP, we will continue to assist parents to make informed choices by providing information such as Assessing Qualifications – Tips for Parents; or our Program Evaluation Checklist and by asking professionals to keep their information current.
Points of Clarification
The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) requires that all professionals listed on the RASP provide a Criminal Record Check (CRC) These must be resubmitted every two years, when ACT requests an update.
ACT sends out letters to every individual on the RASP whose CRC is either due or will soon be due for renewal, asking them to submit a new CRC. If you have received such a letter, please be aware that if you do not meet the stated deadline we will have no choice but to remove you from the list. You may reapply but this could take some time. CRC Process for Residents of B.C. To help facilitate the CRC process for both new applicants and current members of the RASP registry, ACT has made arrangements with the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to utilize its CRC service. The fee is $20. To download a copy of the ministry's form, visit: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/criminal-records-review/apply/index.htm. Do not submit CRCs provided directly to you by your local policing authority.
When using the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General's CRC service, please note the following:
CRCs From US Residents RASP applicants who are US residents are advised to go to the following link to the US Department of State Consular Affairs information circular about criminal record checks. This link provides information about several ways to obtain a criminal record check. http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1201.html The type of criminal record check required is comparable to one that is required to work in the public school system in the US. It is important to note that all applicants, including those who reside outside Canada, must submit a criminal record check directly from the screening agency to ACT - Autism Community Training Society, addressed to the attention of Louise Broadley - Manager of Autism Information Services. CRCs are not accepted when submitted directly to ACT by applicants themselves. In exceptional circumstances in which this is not possible, non-residents of Canada must have their document legally authenticated. To find information about how to obtain a criminal background check for individuals living in the specific states within the US we suggest that the applicant enter in a search engine (e.g. Google, Yahoo, etc.) the name of the state where they reside followed by the words ‘obtain criminal background check’ (e.g. Wyoming obtain criminal background check). This will yield the information about the state’s procedure for the applicant to have a background check forwarded to ACT – Autism Community Training Society, addressed to the attention of Louise Broadley - Manager of Autism Information Services.
Prior to applying for inclusion on the RASP, we ask behavior consultants to keep in mind the following important considerations:
As many behavior consultants are providing service without the oversight of a professional body, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct For Behavior Analysts© provides guidelines for ethical practice relevant to practitioners in British Columbia. See http://www.bacb.com/index.php?page=57.
The Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB) offers two certifications, one for individuals with a Bachelors degree (Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst™, BCABA™) and one for individuals with a Masters or higher degree (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst™, BCBA™). The University of British Columbia is offering courses for those who wish to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. BCBA™ certification is increasingly being recognized internationally as an important means for improving one’s credentials as a behavior consultant. This certification means that an individual has met a number of degree, coursework, and experience requirements and has passed an examination administered by the BACB.
Capilano University and Douglas College both offer courses to become a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst™.
ACT will continue to provide information about continuing educational opportunities from accredited institutions, as well as the presentations we and other BC organizations offer. Please note that, while they do demonstrate a commitment to upgrading one’s professional knowledge base, presentations that offer certificates of attendance but not a formal certification process, are not considered sufficient to demonstrate mastery of a subject area.
ACT is contracted by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to adjudicate RASP applications and manage the RASP list. If your application is declined and you feel your application was not fairly reviewed you may appeal to ACT - Autism Community Training. The process is as follows:
The name of the Qualified Service Provider (QSP List) list has been formally changed to the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP); the revised Ministry for Children and Family Development application form for the RASP is available from the MCFD website:
Please submit the original application by mail to ACTAutism Community Training, Suite 150 - 2250 Boundary Road, Burnaby, BC V5M 3Z3. Faxed applications are not acceptable and will delay your application.
NOTE: If you plan to submit an application to be included in the Registry of Autism Service Providers, be sure to pay attention to the Criminal Record Check requirements.