Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)


Credential: Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is an entry-level behavior-analytic certification. The RBT is recommended for paraprofessionals who practice under the close, ongoing supervision of an individual who has earned an advanced Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) credential (such as the BCBA or BCaBA). The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

7950 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO  80127

Phone: 720-438-4321

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RBT applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent/higher.

RBT applicants must obtain 40 hours of acceptable training.

The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • RBT applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • RBT applicants must have instruction and assessment in ethics and professional conduct. RBT must abide by a subset of the Compliance Code designated as relevant to the practice of behavior technicians.
  • RBT applicants must undergo a criminal background check.

Written Exam

  • Measurement
    • Prepare for data collection.
    • Implement continuous measurement procedures (e.g., frequency, duration).
    • Implement discontinuous measurement procedures (e.g., partial & whole interval, momentary time sampling).
    • Implement permanent product recording procedures.
    • Enter data and update graphs.
  • Assessment
    • Describe the behavior and environment in observable and measurable terms.
    • Conduct preference assessments.
    • Assist with individualized assessment procedures (e.g., curriculum-based, developmental, social skills).
    • Assist with functional assessment procedures.
  • Skill Acquisition
    • Identify the essential components of a written skill acquisition plan.
    • Prepare for the session as required by the skill acquisition plan.
    • Use contingencies of reinforcement (e.g., conditioned/unconditioned reinforcement, continuous/intermittent schedules).
    • Implement discrete-trial teaching procedures.
    • Implement naturalistic teaching procedures (e.g., incidental teaching).
    • Implement task analyzed chaining procedures.
    • Implement discrimination training.
    • Implement stimulus control transfer procedures.
    • Implement stimulus fading procedures.
    • Implement prompt and prompt fading procedures.
    • Implement generalization and maintenance procedures.
    • Assist with the training of stakeholders (e.g., family, caregivers, other professionals).
  • Behavior Reduction
    • Identify the essential components of a written behavior reduction plan.
    • Describe common functions of behavior.
    • Implement interventions based on modification of antecedents such as motivating/establishing operations and discriminative stimuli.
    • Implement differential reinforcement procedures (e.g., DRA, DRO).
    • Implement extinction procedures.
    • Implement crisis/emergency procedures according to protocol.
  • Documentation and Reporting
    • Report other variables that might affect the client (e.g., illness, relocation, medication).
    • Generate objective session notes by describing what occurred during sessions.
    • Effectively communicate with supervisor.
    • Comply with applicable legal, regulatory and workplace reporting requirements (e.g., mandatory abuse and neglect reporting).
    • Comply with applicable legal, regulatory and workplace requirements for data collection, storage and transportation.
  • Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice
    • Describe the role of the RBT in the service delivery system.
    • Respond appropriately to feedback and maintain or improve performance accordingly.
    • Communicate with stakeholders (e.g., family, caregivers, other professionals) as authorized.
    • Maintain professional boundaries (e.g., avoid dual relationships, conflicts of interest, social media contacts).
    • Maintain client dignity.

Practical Exam

  • Measurement
    • Implement continuous measurement procedures (e.g., frequency, duration).
    • Implement discontinuous measurement procedures (e.g., partial and whole interval, momentary time sampling).
      Implement permanent product recording procedures.
    • Enter data and update graphs.
  • Assessment
    • Conduct preference assessments.
    • Assist with functional assessment procedures.
  • Skill Acquisition
    • Use contingencies of reinforcement (e.g., conditioned/unconditioned reinforcement, continuous/intermittent schedules).
    • Implement discrete-trial teaching procedures.
      Implement naturalistic teaching procedures (e.g., incidental teaching).
      Implement task analyzed chaining procedures.
    • Implement discrimination training.
      Implement stimulus control transfer procedures.
      Implement stimulus fading procedures.
      Implement prompt and prompt fading procedures.
  • Behavior Reduction
    • Implement interventions based on modification of antecedents such as motivating/establishing operations and discriminative stimuli.
      Implement differential reinforcement procedures (e.g., DRA, DRO).
      Implement extinction procedures.
    • Implement crisis/emergency procedures according to protocol.
  • Documentation and Reporting
    • Generate objective session notes by describing what occurred during sessions.
  • Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice
    • Respond appropriately to feedback and maintain or improve performance accordingly. (May be assessed via observation by focusing on the “respond appropriately to feedback” element.)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • RBTs are required to pass the RBT Competency Assessment annually, complete a renewal, receive ongoing supervision, and comply with the BACB’s ethics requirements relevant to RBTs.

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