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College of Extended Learning

Applied Behaviour Analysis Certificate Program

Practical application. Real-time education.

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based practice commonly associated with the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. It also has applications in business settings, behavioural health, and environmental sustainability, among other areas. Across many of these areas, ABA is an established discipline with decades of research, promoting the use of empirically-supported strategies and methodologies woven into evidence-based practice.

UNB’s Certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis Program (C-ABA), offered through the Department of Psychology, is the first program of its kind in Atlantic Canada that meets the coursework requirements needed to apply for the Behaviour Analysts Certification Board ® Inc. (BACB®) Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) examination.

The program provides:

  • Courses developed and taught by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s) with a diverse range of clinical and research expertise
  • Coursework to prepare students in the foundations and applications of behaviour analysis
  • Practical experience which provides hands-on learning to conduct behavioural assessments and to develop and implement behaviour change programs
  • Opportunity to complete the program on-campus or online
  • Necessary course requirements to be eligible to apply to write the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) Assistant Level examination*

The primary objective of the C-ABA Program is to provide training to individuals as part of an undergraduate degree or as additional training after obtaining an undergraduate degree.

This training will prepare students for careers as competent assistant behaviour analysts. Throughout the program students will not only learn the foundations of behaviour analysis (concepts and principles of behaviour, and research), they will also gain skills in the applications (assessment, intervention, and ongoing management of behaviour change programs) of behaviour analysis.

Why UNB’s C-ABA program?

Online Courses
BACB® Approved Curriculum* To meet the needs of a variety of learners Guided and structured practical experience, for both on-campus and distance students

Who should attend?

  • Undergraduate students studying psychology or a related field (e.g. education, kinesiology)
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree and seeking to enrich skillsets in behaviour assessment and intervention
  • Seeking to understand complex behaviours in a variety of settings and populations
  • Working in support services (e.g. judicial, social work, law, teaching) and seeking to add to their current expertise by understanding and using applied behaviour analysis.

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*The UNB ABA Certificate is the first program of its kind in Atlantic Canada that meets the coursework requirements needed to apply for the BACB®'s Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) examination. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

People who hold BCaBA® Certification are much sought after by employers.


Successful completion of all courses below are required for conferral of the certificate, in addition to the practical experience outlined below. Coursework can be completed in as little as one year for students enrolled in the program full-time, and up to 5 years for part-time learners.

Coursework offered face-to-face or online:
PSYC 2203 (3 CH) Foundations of Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2613 (3 CH) Foundations of Learning
PSYC 3213 (3 CH) Language Development
PSYC 3663 (3 CH) Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
PSYC 3673 (3 CH) Advanced Applied Behaviour Analysis

Coursework offered online:
PSYC 3325 (1 CH) Topics in Behaviour Assessment
PSYC 3335 (1 CH) Topics in Behaviour Intervention
PSYC 3345 (1 CH) Skills in Applied Behaviour Analysis
PSYC 3365 (1 CH) Topics in Behaviour Analysis: Ethical Considerations

Practical experience

To meet the diverse needs of students, the program provides two separate routes for accruing practical experience:

Intensive Practicum

  • Designed for campus-based students
  • Two intensive 250-hour placements at approved local agencies
  • Individualized supervision with an approved BCBA supervisor
  • Weekly group supervision with peers overseen by the C-ABA Program Coordinator

Supervised Independent Fieldwork

  • Designed for students studying online
  • 1000-hour fieldwork
  • Fieldwork site and BCBA supervisors to be approved by the C-ABA Program Coordinator
  • Prior Learning Assessment reviewed by faculty to earn practical experience credits
Practical Experience
Credit Hours Intensive Fieldwork

PSYC 4313† Applied Behaviour Analysis Practicum I
PSYC 4323† Applied Behaviour Analysis Practicum II


500 hrs

Prior Learning Assessment


1000 hrs

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has verified the following courses toward the experience requirements for eligibility to write the BCaBA Examination. Applicants may need to meet additional requirements to qualify.

Applying to the program

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are required to satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • All interested candidates for courses must meet UNB admission requirements
  • A resume that outlines academic experience and any relevant work/volunteer experience.
  • Statement of interest outlining experiences and interests related to the Certificate program.
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • Academic referee: a professional individual who is aware of the applicant's scholastic ability within a post-secondary setting.
    • Supervisor referee: an individual who has supervised the applicant in a clinical or applied setting.
  • Must have completed, or be in the process of completing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, or a related field.
  • Applicants must have completed 6 credit hours of Introductory Psychology with a grade of at least a B within the previous 7 years as a prerequisite to admission.
  • Must have (maintained) a minimum of a B average in all coursework.

For additional information, contact the College of Extended Learning at 506-453-4646 or toll-free at 1-866-599-4646 or use the following links:

or call 506-453-4646, 1-866-599-4646 to register!

Application Deadlines:

On-Campus: March 31 for admission in the fall semester
Note: applications will continue to be accepted for this program following the application deadline provided space is available in the program.

Distance Education: March 31st, August 1st, and November 15th for admission the following semester
Note: Any applications received after the stated deadlines will not be reviewed until the next upcoming deadline.

Criminal Check

A criminal background check will be required from students accepted into the Applied Behaviour Analysis Program within 30 days of acceptance.” Then the privacy statement should be given.

Privacy Statement
UNB is committed to protecting the personal information of all individuals. Your criminal record and/or vulnerable sector check will be used solely for the purposes of validating that the check occurred by the proper authorities, is current (within the last three years) and is found to have had no results of concern. The check will be accessible only to Shannon Brewer and will be disposed of within 1 week of the verification taking place; CEL will retain only a record that the verification took place. This information is being collected under the authority provided for in the New Brunswick Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For more information on the protection of personal information at UNB please consult UNB Policy for the Protection of Personal Information & Privacy and the University Secretariat, University of New Brunswick, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3 | | (506) 453-4613.

Directions to use the UNB Secure File drop:

  1. Go to
  2. Students must enter their name and email address in the first page
  3. Students must enter Shannon’s email address (<>)
  4. Drag & Drop the file containing the background check
  5. Submit the file

How to apply

Note: Successful applicants will be required to submit a current criminal background check.

  1. Current UNB Students
    Current students who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program will be required to complete the Undergraduate Transfer Request Form. Please declare your interest in taking the ABA Certificate program concurrently with your current degree program. Submit the completed form, along with the supplementary documents listed above, to the Registrar’s Office (Admissions) for processing.
  2. New Applicant to UNB
    Start our online application for admission today: online undergraduate application form.

For more information

Contact Shannon Brewer at the College of Extended Learning at 506 447-3449, toll-free 1-866-599-4646, or by email

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