Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) year one application form

Complete this form and other requested material by 21 November.

This form is for students intending to:

  1. enrol in year one courses for the applied behavioural analysis programme
  2. pursue a professional career in applied behavioural analysis.

You must also complete the University of Auckland admission process.

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1. Personal information

Note: If you change your address details during the selection and enrolment period (December to February) please let us know.
Citizenship or residency:

Attach a one-page cover letter, which includes your personal statement:

2. Academic qualifications

  • All applicants must attach a copy of their official academic records to be considered for the programme.
  • Applicants who have not previously studied at the University of Auckland must also complete the section 'Recognition of Previous Tertiary Study (ROPAS)' on the University's online application form.
Did you complete your previous tertiary study at the University of Auckland?
If you haven't previously studied at the University of Auckland you must complete the section 'Recognition of Previous Tertiary Study (ROPAS)' on the University's online application form.

Please list all courses that had a behaviour analytic component

For example: behavioural modification, behaviourism, operant behaviour, respondent behaviour, experimental analysis of behaviour, or applied behaviour analysis.

3. Work experience

List all the jobs you have had - full or part-time, paid or voluntary.

4. Intended enrolment details

I intend enrolling
If I am offered a place in the ABA year one courses, and I successfully complete the requirements of those courses and the degree in which I enrolled, I intend to pursue the following qualification in the future:

5. Your interests in applied behaviour analysis

Which groups are you interested in working once you have completed your intended programme of study? Select all that interest you:
With what types of difficulties? Select all that apply:
In what settings? Select all that apply:
No more than 100 words
No more than 100 words

6. Professional credentials

Particular problems that some people have, or have had, may impair their ability to work as a Behaviour Analyst and Psychologist. You may choose to provide this information on this form or in person/writing to the Director of the ABA Programme. If you are selected and such factors are later discovered, it may affect judgements about your professional suitability.

Have you acted violently towards another person?
Do you currently have, or have had, problems associated with alcohol or drug use?
Do you currently have, or have you had, problems with health or well-being (physical and/or psychological) that may impact your ability to train and/or work as a Behaviour Analyst/Psychologist?

7. Risk assessment

The Children’s Act 2014 requires that employers complete a risk assessment of workers engaged with children. Students who complete placements in such agencies must also comply with the Act. For this reason the School of Psychology will complete a risk assessment and police vetting procedure before your place in the programme is confirmed.

This risk assessment requires several actions:

  • Responses to the questions given below.
  • A reference check with at least one of your referees.
  • Police vetting: You will be asked to provide information and consent for the School of Psychology to apply to the Police for the vetting procedure to be completed. More information about this will be provided upon provisional selection. 


1. Have complaints ever been made about your practice in previous employment (paid or unpaid) and how have you responded to such complaints?
2. Specifically, have you ever been the subject of a complaints procedure during employment?
4. Have you ever been convicted of an offence?

8. Referees

Your referees should not be family members. Preferably, at least one referee should be from a current or previous employer or work supervisor.

Personal character referee

This referee should not be a family member, but may be a friend or work colleague.

The School of Psychology requests your permission to contact your referees if they consider it necessary. The purpose of contacting referees is to ask them about your academic aptitude, research skills, personal skills, and your suitability for admission and potential success in the programme. 

9. Declaration