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College of Extended Learning

Applied Behaviour Analysis Certificate Program

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Practical application. Real-time education.

The Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Certificate Program will prepare individuals for careers as competent assistant behaviour analysts.

Throughout the program, students will learn the foundations of behaviour analysis such as how people learn and unlearn behaviours and skills. Students will also gain skills in the applications of behaviour analysis, such as determining why someone engages in inappropriate behaviour, how to set up a behaviour intervention plan, and how to continuously manage behaviour change programs in ethical ways.

Students can apply these evidence-based skills in a variety of ways and settings, such as:

  • Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Classroom management and education
  • In-home care for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and the elderly
  • Common parenting concerns such as bedtime struggles, “potty” training, and feeding problems
  • Training and supervision of human services staff

Across many of these areas ABA is an established discipline with decades of research, promoting the use of empirically-supported strategies woven into evidence-based practice.

You have a place here.

This program is designed for:

  • Undergraduates studying psychology or a related human-services field (e.g. education, kinesiology).
  • Individuals who have a Bachelor’s degree and want to enrich their skillsets in behaviour assessment and intervention.
  • Those seeking to understand complex behaviours in a variety of settings and populations.
  • Support service workers (e.g. judicial, social work, law, teaching) looking to add to their current expertise by understanding and using applied behaviour analysis.

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  • Flexible. Courses are offered on-campus and online to accommodate working professionals. Online courses are self-paced to meet the needs of a variety of learners.
  • High-quality. Courses developed and taught by Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBA®s) with a diverse range of clinical and research expertise.
  • Verified. The BACB® has verified* the curriculum covers all required content areas.
  • Breadth and depth. Coursework to prepare students for the foundations and applications of behaviour analysis in a variety of settings.
  • Hands-on. Practical experience which provides hands-on learning to conduct behavioural assessments and to develop and implement behaviour change programs for both on-campus and online students.
  • In demand. Necessary course requirements to be eligible to apply to write the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) Assistant Level examination*. People who hold BCaBA® Certification are after highly sought after by employers.

*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 Behaviour Analyst® (BCaBA®) examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.


VCS Pass Rates

VCS pass-rate information is published annually. 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.

2017 BCaBA Pass Rates

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:

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.

Online Education: March 31, Aug. 1, and Nov. 15 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.

Privacy Statement

UNB is committed to protecting the personal information of all individuals and any information being collected is 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.

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.


Successful completion of all courses below is 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 2515 (3 CH) Foundations of Learning
  • PSYC 3213 (3 CH) Language Development
  • PSYC 3515 (3 CH) Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • PSYC 4515 (3 CH) Advanced Applied Behaviour Analysis

Coursework offered online:

  • PSYC 3525 (1 CH) Topics in Behaviour Analysis: Ethical Considerations
  • PSYC 3535 (1 CH) Topics in Behaviour Assessment
  • PSYC 3545 (1 CH) Topics in Behaviour Intervention
  • PSYC 3555 (1 CH) Skills in Applied Behaviour Analysis

All potential and current students can access the content hours allocation for the sequence here.

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

On-campus (500 hrs intensive practicum)

  • PSYC 4525 Applied Behaviour Analysis Practicum I (6CH)
  • PSYC 4535 Applied Behaviour Analysis Practicum II (6 CH)

Online (1000 hrs fieldwork)

  • Prior Learning Assessment (12CH)

The Behaviour 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.

Contact: Shannon Waite
Phone: 506 447-3449
Toll free: 1-866 599-4646