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What is the RBT® Credential?

RBT stands for Registered Behavior Technician® and is a credential offered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). RBTs are paraprofessionals who work directly with clients implementing behavior analytic services under the supervision of a qualified BCBA® or BCaBA®.

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.

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: Applicants must pass a behavior-based competency assessment administered by a qualified supervisor
  4. Background Check: Applicants must pass a criminal background check

These are the requirements for the applicant to take the Board's exam for the RBT Credential.

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 RBT Training?

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.

Does Completing Behavior Analysis Essentials Mean I Am Certified or Registered as an RBT?

It does not. Completing just the 40-hour training does not make one an RBT. 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.

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 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.

How Many Hours is the RBT Training?

This is a 40-hour training program that covers the RBT task list, the relevant ethical code elements and an overview of BCBA, BCABA and RBT roles.

Is This RBT Training Offered By The BACB?

This training program is offered independent of the BACB. The Board 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.

Are There Specific Textbooks Required?

There is no required textbook for the course; there are only recommended textbooks.

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 Behavior Analyst Certification Board. 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 your email address you provide within three to five business days (Monday through Friday, excluding university holidays) of your submission of your RBT completion survey, provided all course components have been completed in their entirety.

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