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Is Behavior Analysis Essentials: A 40-hour Behavior Technical Training provided by the BACB®?

This training program is offered independent of the BACB. The BACB does not offer an RBT training program.

Is this course 100% online?

Yes!  All coursework is online and may be completed at your own pace within 180 days of starting the course.

What is the RBT® credential?

RBT stands for Registered Behavior Technician®. RBTs are paraprofessionals who work directly with clients implementing behavior analytic services under the supervision of a qualified BCBA® or BCaBA®.  

The RBT credential is offered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) which allows RBTs to work nationwide and in specific countries. 

The Behavior Analysis Essentials training course is a noncredit course and is offered independant of the BACB.  

Why should I become an RBT?

The RBT credential indicates to employers and consumers of behavior analytic services that the paraprofessional has received specific training in evidence-based procedures. Many organizations and third-party billers require this credential. The field of Behavior Analysis is growing rapidly and is in demand across many industries; becoming an RBT is the perfect starting point!

What are the requirements for the RBT credential?

RBT Credential requirements are established by the BACB and include:

  1. Age and Education: The Applicant must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent prior to beginning the training.
  2. Training: Applicants must complete a 40-hour training covering the RBT task list, relevant ethical code elements and an overview of the BCBA, BCaBA, and RBT roles.
    • Applicants may not begin training until the age and education requirements are met.
    • The training must be completed within 180 days after beginning.
  3. Competency Assessment: After you complete the required 40-hour training, you must demonstrate that you can competently perform the tasks outlined in the RBT Initial Competency Assessment, performed at your place of employment.
  4. Background Check: Applicants must pass a criminal background check.  

    Please refer to the RBT Handbook for further information on these requirements,

How old do I need to be to take the RBT course?

You must be 18 years of age prior to starting the course.

Is the behavior-based Competency Assessment included in Behavior Analysis Essentials: A 40-hour Behavior Technical Training?

No. Behavior Analysis Essentials includes only the 40-hour training required to qualify for the RBT Credential. A qualified supervisor must administer the competency assessment. Please visit the BACB website for additional information and refer to the RBT Handbook for further information on this requirement -

Does completing Behavior Analysis Essentials mean I am certified or registered as an RBT?

No. Completing just the 40-hour training does not make one an RBT. Our 40-hour training is one requirement of several required by the BACB.  The RBT Credential requires additional steps, including a behavior-based competency exam to be completed with a qualified supervisor and the BACB's RBT exam.  Please refer to the RBT Handbook for further information on this requirement -

Why should I choose Florida Tech for my RBT training?

Behavior Analysis Essentials is brought to you by Florida Tech's ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc., leaders in online behavior analytic education. A team of behavior analysts with experience in instructional design created Behavior Analysis Essentials to meet the needs of our students. This comprehensive training covers all content from the RBT task list and the RBT elements of the ethics code. The course is designed to keep learners engaged to advance learning; all modules are taught by experienced BCBAs.

For whom is Behavior Analysis Essentials appropriate?

While Behavior Analysis Essentials was created to meet the instructional requirements for the RBT Credential, this course is appropriate for anyone wishing to learn about the field of behavior analysis. This is an entry-level course appropriate for teachers, parents, direct care staff, those working with individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities and anyone else interested in the basics of behavioral science.

I reside outside the United States.  As an international enrollee, can I take the course?

Yes, everyone is welcome to take the training course. However, if you are seeking certification from the BACB please note: the BACB is currently not accepting international applicants outside of the UK, US, Australia, and Canada. For more information about international applications, please refer to the BACB website:

Help!  I enrolled in the course and did not receive the email invite; how do I login?

The course invite email is sent from and occasionally is trapped by spam filters. Check your spam/junk folder for the email.  Please safelist this email address to ensure you receive important notices.

You can also navigate directly to canvas and login -  Please put on your allowed list in your email settings to ensure you receive future notifications.

If this is your first enrollment, you did not receive the invite email and you do not know your login credentials please navigate to Canvas -  Click forgot password and then enter the email address you enrolled with.  You'll receive an email from (please safelist and check your spam folder) within 30 minutes.  After you've reset your password you can then login to Canvas and your course will be listed on your Dashboard.

What are the time requirements for the RBT training?

The course is built to cover the RBT task list 40-hour training program that is required, the relevant ethical code elements, and an overview of BCBA, BCABA and RBT roles required by the BACB. Students may complete the course in a minimum of 5 days and a maximum of 180 days, beginning at the time of enrollment for the course.  These restrictions are set by the BACB; course access cannot be extended.

What are the computer system requirements?

The course is administered through the Canvas LMS.  Your computer must meet Canvas’ minimum requirements.

You will need a computer and internet connection fast enough to handle the types of media you will view in the course. The type of browser used will impact your experience. We strongly recommend you use Chrome or Firefox from a dedicated PC or laptop. Please review the following page to determine if your system is compatible with the Canvas Instructure LMS requirements. A computer that meets or exceeds the following specifications is required:

  • High-speed internet connection (cable, DSL or better)
  • Operating system:
    • Windows 10 or higher
    • Mac OS 11 Big Sur or higher  
  • Computer must have:
    • Administrative rights on the computer (most home computers) or
    • An IT department that can install necessary software (most work computers)
    • Speakers or headphones to hear audio broadcast
    • Google Chrome (most current version) required, Firefox or Edge will also work
    • PDF reader software such as Adobe Reader

When does my course access start/expire?

Your access begins on the day and at the time of payment.  Your course will expire at the same time as your payment 179 days later (enrollment day is day 1).

Want to know exactly when your course access expires? 

Login to Canvas on the web (desktop browser only), click on your course, and check the upper left corner of your screen.  Note: this will not work on the Canvas app or mobile browser.

Are there specific textbooks required?

There is no required textbook for the course. You may purchase an optional companion textbook and/or flashcards for review; details are in the course.

Is the RBT course available in Spanish?

Florida Tech does not offer a Spanish version of the RBT course. The BACB only offers their certification exam in English.

What if I fail to complete the course in 180 days?

All course components, including passing the final competency exam, are required to be completed within 180 days. This is a requirement set by the BACB. If any components are not completed successfully within this time frame, a certificate will not be earned. To complete the training, you must repurchase the course and restart from the beginning, as the BACB requires that the training be completed within 180 days. Students will not be allowed to complete only the work they failed to complete the first time they took the course.

How long does it take to receive the certificate of completion?

Your training program certificate of completion will be sent to the email address you provide within three to five business days (Monday through Friday, excluding university holidays) of your submission of the RBT completion survey, provided all course components have been completed in their entirety.

How can I add my BACB number to the certificate of completion?

Students can enter their BACB number by printing the certificate, writing in their number, and scanning it as a file to their computer. It is not a requirement to be added to the certificate for the application process with the BACB.

Additional Questions?

Feel free to reach out to us at and we’ll be happy to assist you.  Emails are answered in the order in which they are received.

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