Step Responsible Person
1. Create a BACB Account. This will require entering some basic information. Applicant
2. Select the “RBT” tab and create an application. Applicant
3. Upload required documents:
a. Certificate of completion of the 40-hour RBT training;
b. Completed RBT Competency Assessment, and;
c. Copy of a transcript or diploma verifying at least completion of high school.
4. Identify an RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor. This individual must hold the BCaBA, BCBA, or BCBA-D credential. Applicant
5. RBT Requirements Coordinators or RBT Supervisors will receive an email with instructions for their portion of the RBT’s application which includes:
a. An attestation that the applicant is over the age of 18
b. An attestation that the applicant’s background check was
completed within 180 days of the application date, and;
c. Willingness to provide ongoing supervision.
RBT Supervisor or RBT Requirements Coordinator
6. After the portion of the application is completed by an RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor, the applicant will be emailed with instructions on completing the application and paying the application fee. Applicant

Application Fees

Application $50
Exam Appointment (paid to Pearson VUE) $45

Applicants may be required to pay applicable sales tax, value-added tax, GST, or similar tax required by law in the country or locality in which they are testing. If taxes are applicable, they will be collected at the time of scheduling by Pearson VUE.

Note: BACB Fees are nonrefundable
When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.


Once the application is approved, the applicant will be sent an email with instructions on how to schedule his or her RBT examination. The examination is based on the RBT Task List and will consist of 75 scored items and 10 unscored pilot items. Candidates will have 1.5 hours to complete the exam, which will be administered through the network of over 400 Pearson Professional Center sites worldwide. The BACB has negotiated the lowest rate possible for the exam ($45). The exam is continuously available and results are provided immediately on-site upon completion.

Examination Retakes

Applicants may retake the examination within one week of their initial approval and only after a score has been processed. No retake application is required. Email approval confirming the ability to retake will be sent approximately one week after a failed result is received from Pearson VUE.

After Passing the Examination

Newly certified RBTs will appear in the RBT Registry within one week of passing the examination. The RBT’s name will appear along with the name of their  RBT Requirements Coordinator and/or RBT Supervisor. Please note that RBTs will not receive a certificate; they will receive a pass/fail report at the test center and a follow-up confirmation email from the BACB.


RBT Initial Competency Assessment
RBT Task List (2nd ed.)
RBT Ethics Code
Examination Accommodations Information
Application Appeal Procedures
RBT Supervision and Supervisor Requirements