OBM Specialist Certificate

The Level 1 Certificate for OBM Specialist 


Allison King, PhD, BCBA; Ryan Curran, MS, BCBA

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Brand New OBM Certificate Course

ABA Technologies introduces a new OBM certificate, which incorporates several years of feedback from past, current and prospective students interested in OBM. 

This program does not require students to do their own project in their workplace with a sponsor, although they may choose to complete their own project while taking the course. Students will work through the application of the material by following two case studies throughout the course and completing activities and discussion questions. 

The SPACE Model

After completion, students will be able to better identify a business opportunity in their workplace, define an OBM project that targets the opportunity, gather a project team and gain ongoing organizational support for the project and navigate the project to completion by following the SPACE model (scope, pinpoint, assess, change, embed). It may be compared to six sigma’s DMAIC, as it provides individuals and their project teams with a shared framework, set of tools, process, and language to help project teams navigate the application of an OBM project to completion in a way that is understood and supported by organizational stakeholders. Students will receive a fillable PDF toolkit based on the SPACE model in this course.

    The Course Content

    The course content is split into sections called “Modules.” There are 5 main modules in the Moodle course, each dedicated to a different phase of the SPACE model for applying OBM.

    Course Completion

    To complete the course and receive the OBM Certificate, students must:

    • Complete all reading, videos, assignments, and the discussion question in each Phase module (Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, and Phase 5) 
    • Students may spend an estimated 2.5 - 4.5 hours per Phase module. 

    Who is the OBM Certificate series for?

    This program is designed for anyone- including behavior analysts (with or without prior training in OBM) and individuals with no formal training in behavior analysis. We highly recommend the OBM Certificate series to anyone interested in gaining education and experience in OBM, whether they want to apply it in their current professional role, or transition into an OBM related role.  

    Many of the students who complete the program are working in clinical applications in the ABA field. The program gives students exposure to and experience applying OBM methods and tools. They will finish the first course with a better understanding of how to apply OBM in the form of a project, from identifying a business opportunity to making lasting improvements in an organization. They will finish the second course with experience actually applying it in their own organization, with coaching from an OBM instructor and a small group of classmates. Many students have applied this in their clinical ABA jobs to improve things like intervention integrity, onboarding, supervision, training processes, billing processes, staff/client scheduling, etc. 

    This program is also a great option for individuals who want to apply OBM as a consultant, assisting external clients with organizational improvements. We have had students who completed the program for this same reason, and are incorporating the tools and model covered in the course to enhance their work as a consultant.

    What type of jobs do OBM professionals have?

    People with OBM training and experience hold a variety of OBM oriented jobs. Here are just some examples of titles:

    • Leadership Development Manager 
    • Continuous improvement consultant
    • Organizational Development Practitioner
    • Manager of Learning and Development
    • Manager of Operational Excellence 
    • Consultant/Senior Consultant 
    • Director of Change Management and Communication
    • Director of Global Learning 
    • Director of Safety Solutions 
    • Director of Talent Development

    OBM Certificate Frequently Asked Questions

    The Level II Project-Based Coaching Course Beta Course Now Open

    Our new Project-Based Coaching course is now available. In this course, students will be placed in a small cohort of students and assigned to an OBM instructor and coach. Each student will be required to implement an OBM project in their workplace. They will receive coaching and feedback from the OBM instructor and cohort of students as they apply the methods and tools to their project. Students must pass the OBM Specialist Certificate to enroll in the Project-Based Coaching course.


    Important Note

    In our efforts to disseminate OBM, we have designed this course to be more friendly to individuals who do not have formal training in behavior analysis. The Foundations module is strongly recommended for students who do not have formal training in behavior analysis. Much of the content in this module will be a review of basic concepts for individuals already formally trained in behavior analysis, so the content in this module does not count toward the BACB CEU calculation and it is optional.

    Questions About the OBM Specialist Certificate?


    Special Pricing: $895  $650

    Continuing Education:

    21 BACB Learning CEUs, 3 of which may be used as Supervision CEUs

    Student Toolkit:

    This program comes with a fillable PDF toolkit that includes content and tools that follow our SPACE (Scope, Pinpoint, Assess, Change, Embed) Model for applying OBM.

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    Student Reviews 

    Stacey says: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I like the module/phase chunking of the course, the recordings, and the interactive question-answer practice. The instructors were enjoyable to listen to, professional, and knowledgeable. I loved Jose's comments at the end, and the tribute to Jose was beautifully done. 

    Ashley says: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I really enjoyed the interactive case study. I felt that it was incredibly helpful to get some (synthesized) real-life experience. The format and progression of the phases made a lot of sense and built on the previous one to make a very cohesive class.

    Kelley says: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I like the pace, the activities, format, and mixture of drag and drop and videos. LOVE the  Cuisine example. I like the different voices. 

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