Applied Behaviour Analysis Certificate Program

Build your ABA knowledge & skills

ABA is an evidence-based practice commonly associated with the treatment of autism spectrum disorders; however, it also has applications business settings, behavioral health, and 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 (C-ABA) Program, 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 Behavior 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 develop and implement behavior change programs with a range of populations
  • An opportunity to complete the program on the UNB Fredericton campus or via distance education
  • The necessary course requirements to be eligible to apply to write the Behavior 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 behavior analysts. Throughout the program students will not only learn the foundations of behavior 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 apply?
  • Undergraduate students studying psychology or a related field (e.g. education, kinesiology)
  • Adults with a Bachelor’s degree seeking to enrich their skill sets in behaviour assessment and intervention
  • Individuals seeking to understand complex behaviours in a variety of settings and populations
  • Individuals working in support services (e.g. judicial, social work, law, teaching) 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. Click here for more information about the credential.


Successful completion of the 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.

Courses Credit Hours Class-based Online
PSYC 2203 Foundations of Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2613 Foundations of Learning
PSYC 3213 Language Development
PSYC 3325 Topics in Behaviour Assessment
PSYC 3335 Topics in Behaviour Intervention
PSYC 3345 Skills in Applied Behaviour Analysis
PSYC 3365 Topics in Behaviour Analysis: Ethical Considerations
PSYC 3663 Applied Behaviour Analysis
PSYC 3673 Advanced Applied Behaviour Analysis


Practical Experience

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

Intensive Practicum

  • Primarily for campus-based students
  • Two intensive 250-hour placements at approved local agencies
    • Students can work 10-30 hours a week, but will typically average 20-25 hours a week
  • Approved BCBA supervisor for each student and placement to provide individualized supervision
  • Weekly group supervision with peers overseen by the Coordinator of the C-ABA Program

Supervised Independent Fieldwork

  • Designed for part-time students and those studying through online courses
  • 1000-hour fieldwork
  • Site of fieldwork and individual BCBA supervisors will be approved by the Coordinator of the C-ABA Program
  • Final Prior Learning Assessment review 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:

All applicants (new and current UNB students) are required to satisfy the following admission requirements for consideration:

  • All interested candidates for courses must meet UNB admission requirements
  • 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: professional individual (other than relative) who knows the applicant and his/her scholastic ability. This referee should be a person who has an awareness of the applicant's qualities as a post-secondary student.
    • Supervisor referee: an individual (other than relative) who has supervised the applicant in a clinical or applied setting.
  • Applicants must have already completed, or be in the process of completing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, or a related field.
  • Applicants must have completed 6 CH of Introductory Psychology with a grade of at least a B within the previous 7 years as a prerequisite to admission.
  • Applicants must have (maintained) a minimum of a B average in all coursework.

For information or to register for Introductory Psychology courses at UNB contact the College of Extended Learning at 506-453-4646 or toll-free at 1-866-599-4646 or click the following links:

Online courses

Face-to-face timetable

UNB Admissions

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 continued 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: Applications received after the current application deadline will not be reviewed for admission until after the next application deadline. For example, an application submitted November 29th will not be reviewed until after the March 31st deadline.

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.
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For more information

Contact Francyne Jutras at the College of Extended Learning at 506 458-7843, toll-free 1-866-599-4646, or by email