The BACB’s Registered Behavior Technician Credential
The standard credential for behavior health technicians is the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®), a professional designation offered through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).
RBT®s must practice under the close supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA® and BCBA®-Doctoral) and/or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA®). With Board Certified Behavior Analysts and their assistants present, RBT®s implement behavior-analytic services and perform administrative tasks and duties.
Behavioral health technicians are not regulated or licensed in most states. However, a handful of states, such as Washington, Nevada, Oregon, and Louisiana, register/certify these professionals, with state practice privileges based on the RBT® certification requirements. Even in states that do not regulate behavioral technicians, the RBT® certification is recognized as a respected professional credential and is therefore a requirement among many employers.
It is important to always check with the appropriate state licensing board (usually the Board of Behavior Analysts or Board of Psychological Examiners) to learn more about the requirements (if any) necessary for practicing as an RBT®.
In addition to individuals interested in performing ABA services and those working toward a BCaBA® or BCBA® credential, a number of professionals pursue the RBT® credential:
Hospital administrators and staff
Nursing supervisors or specials needs staff
Home health aides
Emergency response teams
Hospice staff and supervisors
Day care supervisors and staff
It is ultimately up to RBT® supervisors to determine the tasks they allow RBT®s to perform, as they are responsible and liable for their actions. Every RBT® must work under at least one responsible certificant who is listed on the RBT® Registry.
The purpose of supervision is to ensure the delivery of high-quality services to clients. Therefore, each RBT® must receive supervision at least 5 percent of the time they are providing ABA services each month.
Supervision must include at least two, face-to-face contacts each month, during which the supervisor observes the RBT® performing ABA services. Supervision may also be provided via web cameras and videoconferencing if face-to-face supervision isn’t possible. At least one of the supervision sessions must be individual, but the other may be in a small-group setting.
RBT®s not performing ABA services do not need to meet supervision requirements to maintain the credential.
How to Become a Registered Behavior Technician
To become an RBT®, eligible candidates must:
Be at least 18 years old
Hold a high school diploma or the equivalent
Complete at least 40 hours of training
Pass a criminal background check
Pass the RBT® Competency Assessment
Pass the RBT® exam
Candidates must complete a 40-hour course of training that mirrors the curriculum requirements of the RBT® Task List. Training must include at least 3 hours in ethics and professional conduct, may be conducted in-person or online, and may be didactic (lecture-based) or experiential in nature. The training may be conducted by a BCBA® or BCaBA®.
Note: The BACB does not provide or approve specific RBT® programs.
RBT® Competency Assessment
After the completion of the 40-hour training, candidates must complete an RBT® Competency Assessment, which looks at direct-observation competencies based on the tasks described on the RBT® Task List.
After meeting all other requirements and applying with the BACB for the RBT® credential, candidates must take and pass the RBT® exam, which consists of 75 multiple choice questions administered by Pearson VUE and is based on the following topics:
Documentation and Reporting
Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice
Registered Behavioral Technician Training
This 40-hour live in-person training program follows the Registered Behavior Technician™ Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT™ credential. This training program is based on the BACB® Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline but is offered independent of the BACB®.
Additional information about the RBT™ Task List and Handbook can be found by visiting bacb.com/rbt-task-list/handbook.
Your purchase of this training program includes access to a free practice exam to help you better prepare for your certification. It includes 85 multiple-choice questions that align with the items on the RBT™ Task List and can be taken as many times as needed.
Training slots will be limited due to COVID-19.
In-person training will be held at: 1129 13th St. Columbus, GA 31901
Next Training: Mar 22nd - 30th, 2021, all classes are mandatory.
Training Cost: $125
(40hr certificate only, no supervision)
REFUNDS MUST BE REQUESTED 24HRS PRIOR TO START DATE!
Attendees Must Attend all 40 hours to earn certificate.
Please understand that these fees do not include BACB fees for registration and testing. The BACB charges their own fees for this portion of the RBT Registration Process.