What is the RBT credential?
RBT stands for Registered Behavior Technician and is a credential offered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. 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:
- Age and Education: The applicant be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent prior to beginning the training.
- 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 the training until the age and education requirements are met
- The training must be completed within 180 days from when the pariticipant chooses to begin.
- Competency Assessment: Applicants must pass a behavior-based competency assessment administered by a qualified supervisor.
- Background Check: Applicants must pass a criminal background check.
These are the requirements for the application 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 RBT Essentials?
RBT 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 RBT 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?
RBT 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 RBT Essentials to meet the needs of students. This comprehensive training covers all content from the RBT Task List and 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 RBT Essentials appropriate?
While RBT 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 percent 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 RBT Training program certificate of completion will be sent to your Florida Tech email address 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.
Vital Information for Those Practicing or Planning to Practice in Florida
Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has proposed updates to the reimbursement rates for behavior analytic services in the state. Among the proposed changes is a decrease in the rates for Registered Behavior Technicians, per quarter hour, from $12.19 to $5.98. We are concerned that this change, if adopted, would have a severe impact on our students and the quality of behavior analytic services in the state.
The Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) has an online Action Center parents and providers can use to express their opinion about this proposed change directly to their state legislators and the governor. You can visit the FABA Action Center here: https://www.fabaworld.org/action-center