The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential can be earned by paraprofessionals who practice under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA (“designated RBT supervisor”). The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of skill-acquisition and behavior-reduction plans developed by the supervisor. The RBT may also collect data and conduct certain types of assessments (e.g., stimulus preference assessments).

The RBT credential complements the BCBA-D, BCBA, and BCaBA credentials as an entry-level credential that reflects the education and training necessary for the duties of a behavior technician. Whereas individuals with the BCBA and BCBA-D credentials are generally responsible for service-delivery oversight, and individuals with the BCaBA credential generally operate in a position assisting these supervisors, individuals with the RBT credential are responsible for implementing, not designing, the behavior plans designed by their supervisors.

To apply for the RBT credential, the applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent 
  • Successfully complete a criminal background registry check at the time of application (no more than 180 days prior to submitting the application)
  • Complete a 40-hour training program (conducted by a BACB certificant) based on the RBT Task List
  • Pass the RBT Competency Assessment administered by a BACB certificant
  • Pass the RBT examination administered by Pearson Vue

For more details on the RBT credential, visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board site.