Become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

A Registered Behavioral Technician® (RBT® ) is someone who receives training and supervision to provide ethical and quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. RBTs® assist in delivering ABA services and practice under close supervision from a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)®

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Become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

A Registered Behavioral Technician® (RBT® ) is someone who receives training and supervision to provide ethical and quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. RBTs® assist in delivering ABA services and practice under close supervision from a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)®

How to become an RBT?

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HERE'S HOW TO QUALIFY

APPLY AT BACB WEBSITE

TAKE & PASS RBT EXAM

BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD.

HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.

COMPLETE THE 40-HOUR TRAINING COURSE.

COMPLETE THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCY.

(This program is offered independent of the BACB)

Meet Eligibility Requirements
Start 40 Hour - Special Learning Registered Behavior Technician Modules
Set Up Competency Assessment With Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Create An Account With The BACB As An RBT
Study
Sign Up For RBT Exam
Take And Pass RBT Exam
Maintain - Receive And Track Ongoing Supervision, Follow Ethical Guidelines, Renew Annually
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Registered Behavior Technician Handbook

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RBT Task List (2nd ed.)

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40-Hour Training Packet: Requirements

Is Becoming an RBT Worth It?

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“I have loved being an RBT for the past 1.5 years. I have seen clients develop independent daily living skills for the first time in 13 years. I have learned from other RBTs, who show me new ways to incorporate goals into a child’s natural play and who support me in challenging situations. I have developed close relationships with my BCBAs who value research-based practices, socially meaningful goals, and a positive client experience. Being an RBT takes energy, dedication, and a whole lot of patience. However, being an RBT also gives you meaningful relationships with incredible kids, clinicians, and caregivers. You help kids functionally communicate their needs, wants, and emotions for the first time. Lastly, as a personal favorite, it gives you a paycheck to blow bubbles, draw colorful pictures, and sing silly songs. That’s why I love being an RBT.”

By: Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

Why I Became an RBT?

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When I graduated college, I was looking for a job and one thing I always knew that I wanted to do was to help kids because I loved being around kids and being silly. I started to look into being a paraprofessional at first in a private school for special needs kids; specifically, those affected with autism. This job was not easy by all means and at that time,

I was not yet an RBT, just a paraprofessional trying to do something different while making some money. Fast forward to a year later and I started working in an elementary school working as a teacher’s assistant. This was the job that I become RBT certified because they had an early intervention program for preschoolers with autism. Being there for 3 years has taught me so much about who I was as a person but also the ability to help the most vulnerable population kids and specifically kids with autism.

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Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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