1. Create an account through the BACB Gateway. This will require entering some basic information.
  2. Select the “RBT” tab and create an application.
  3. Upload required documents
    1. Certificate of completion of the 40-hour RBT training;
    2. Completed RBT Competency Assessment, and;
    3. Copy of a transcript or diploma verifying at least completion of high school.
  4. Identify the Responsible Certificant. This individual must hold the BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA credential or be a member of a professional group officially granted supervisory privileges by the BACB.

Responsible Certificant

Responsible Certificants are publicly identified through the RBT Registry. 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 for Behavior Analysts: 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.07, and 5.0.

Responsible Certificants will receive an email with instructions for their portion of the RBT’s application which includes:

  1. An attestation that the applicant is over the age of 18
  2. An attestation that the applicant’s background check was completed within 180 days of the application date, and;
  3. Willingness to provide ongoing supervision.

After the supervisor’s portion of the application is completed, the applicant will be emailed with instructions on completing the application and remitting the application fee.

Responsible Certificant refers to an individual who serves in the capacity of either organizational compliance officer or direct supervisor of one or more Registered Behavior Technicians.

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) refers to the BACB-credentialed individual who implements programming designed by others. If an RBT has multiple employment settings, the RBT is responsible for identifying and selecting a Responsible Certificant in each setting, and coordinating with the Responsible  Certificants to track total supervision hours across settings.

Responsible Certificants Who Serve in the Capacity of a Compliance Officer

A certificant (i.e., BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA) who acts as an organization’s compliance officer is (a) accountable for ensuring that the RBT is receiving supervision according to the BACB’s requirements, and (b) responsible for managing communications with the BACB regarding the RBT. The BACB does not limit the number of RBTs one Responsible Certificant may have in this capacity. All Responsible Certificants are required to be actively certified and to have completed the 8-hr Supervision Training prior to serving in the Responsible Certificant role.

Obligation to the BACB. If requested by the BACB, the Responsible Certificant will provide detailed information including, but not limited to, how many hours per week the RBT is delivering behavior-analytic services, a detailed supervision log, and the names of the RBT’s supervisor(s).

Responsible Certificants Who Serve in the Capacity of a Supervisor

Supervisor refers to the certificant (i.e., BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA) who is responsible for the RBT’s supervision.

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.

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 Responsible Certificant. 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.

Application Fees

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

Trainees 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.

Renewal Fees

Annual Renewal $35
Late Fee $50
Insufficient Funds/Returned Check $45

Examination Retakes

Applicants may retake the examination within one year 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.


RBT Competency Assessment
RBT Task List
Examination Accommodations Information
Application Appeal Procedures

Note: BACB Fees are nonrefundable
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