REGISTERED BEHAVIOR TECHNICIAN


The Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBT®) is a paraprofessional certification in behavior analysis. RBTs assist in delivering behavior analysis services and practice under the direction and close supervision of an RBT Supervisor and/or an RBT Requirements Coordinator, who are responsible for all work RBTs perform.

The RBT Handbook describes the requirements for obtaining and maintaining RBT certification.

Overview of the RBT Requirements




Transition to November 1, 2019 Requirements

No. If you are already certified, you do not need to reapply to meet the new requirements as long as you maintain your certification. At your next renewal date, you must use the new Renewal Competency Assessment.

No. If a supervisor has completed and submitted the 8-Hour Supervision Training, they do not need to complete a new training.

You will submit the new Renewal Competency Assessment at your next annual renewal. Your renewal date may be found in your BACB account.

If you submit a complete application that meets the eligibility requirements (including fees) prior to November 1, you do not need to retake the 40-hour training and meet the new requirements. If you submit your certification application after November 1 or your certification application is incomplete after November 1, you will need to meet the new requirements including meeting the new 40-hour training requirements.

No. Each competency assessment has different requirements, so you can only submit the Initial Competency Assessment with your initial application and the Renewal Competency Assessment with your renewal application.

No. If an RBT is already certified, they do not need to reapply to meet the new requirements as long as they maintain their certification. At their next renewal date, they must use the new Renewal Competency Assessment.

You will need to meet the requirements in effect at the time you reapply. In other words, if you reapply in November 2019, you will need to complete a 40-hour training based on the RBT Task List (2nd).

You will need to meet the requirements in effect at the time you reapply. In other words, if you reapply in November 2019, you will need to complete a 40-hour training based on the RBT Task List (2nd).


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In this episode of Inside the BACB, Drs. Melissa Nosik and Molli Luke discuss the recent publication of the BACB’s first RBT Handbook and answer frequently asked questions about the RBT certification.