About the Certification
The Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBT®) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCaBA, BCBA, or BCBA-D. 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.
Obtaining RBT Certification
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 background check, pass the RBT Competency Assessment, and pass the RBT examination.
Maintaining RBT Certification
RBTs have ongoing certification requirements which include receiving ongoing supervision and complying with the BACB’s RBT Ethics Code. RBTs must annually renew their certification, including passing the RBT Competency Assessment, and completing a renewal application.
Ethics and Discipline
RBTs must have instruction and assessment in ethics and professional conduct as part of the eligibility requirements for the certification. In addition, each RBT must abide by the RBT Ethics Code.