About the Credential
The Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBT®) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA. The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services. The RBT does not design intervention or assessment plans. It is the responsibility of the RBT supervisor to determine which tasks an RBT may perform as a function of his or her training, experience, and competence. The BACB certificant supervising the RBT is responsible for the work performed by the RBT on the cases they are overseeing.
Ethics and Discipline
RBTs must have instruction and assessment in ethics and professional conduct as part of the eligibility requirements for the credential. In addition, each RBT must abide by a subset of the Compliance Code designated as relevant to the practice of behavior technicians.
The RBT will have at least one Responsible Certificant who is publicly listed in the RBT Registry. This certificant is responsible for ensuring the RBT is working under the supervision of a BACB certificant.
The RBT may not be related to, superior to, or the employer of the certificant providing training, assessing competency, providing supervision, or serving as the Responsible Certificant. Employment does not include compensation paid by the RBT for supervision services. Please see the following relevant sections of the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code: 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.07, and 5.0.
The BACB reserves the right to audit the RBT, RBT applicant, or Responsible Certificant at any time. A sample RBT Audit Form is available for information purposes. In the event an RBT or supervisor of an RBT are audited by the BACB, this form and the attached spreadsheet may be used to document compliance with the BACB’s RBT requirements. The BACB does not guarantee or assure that this sample will comply with any third-party payer documentation requirements.
Note: Individuals who hold the BCBA credential should be considered as having met and exceeded standards for the BCaBA and RBT credentials. Individuals who hold the BCaBA credential should be considered as having met and exceeded standards for the RBT credential. However, individuals holding a BACB credential should represent themselves using only the credential(s) awarded to them by the BACB.
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Obtaining the RBT Credential
Applicants must be 18 years of age, possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent, complete 40 hours of training, complete a criminal background check, pass the RBT Competency Assessment, and pass the RBT exam.