40 Hour Online RBT Training

This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. This 40 hour training addresses all RBT task list items and RBT guidelines for professional conduct. The program is offered independent of the BACB.

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NOTE to Behavioral Service Providers: Please see the, "Task List" tab above to download our list of training topics and their corresponding task list items and/or professional guidelines. This 40 hour training addresses all RBT task list items and RBT guidelines for professional conduct.

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This training is for anyone who would like more information on evidence-based ways to teach their child or clients using principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. The training is suitable for adults ages 18 and up with a high school equivalent degree. It is designed to complete training standards for a BACB Registered Behavior Technician™, but is offered independent of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board™ (BACB).
This training is designed to cover all of the content on the BACB RBT™task list. Primarily these topics consist of conceptual understanding of the principles and interventions of applied behavior analysis as well as evidence-based strategies for working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. This includes a variety of topics necessary to pursue a career as a behavior interventionist working with ASD or other developmental disabilities. This training is It is offered independent of the BACB™. 
A registered behavior technician is a nationally recognized registry of individuals who function as behavior interventionists and practice Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. 

If you have specific questions about RBT certification, contact the Behavior Analyst Certification Board at RBT@bacb.com or 720-438-4321, (Monday to Friday) from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Mountain time. 
The mission of Behavior University is to bring high quality educational experiences to the public at an affordable price to reduce some of the barriers families face when seeking treatment for their children with autism spectrum disorders. To fulfill our mission, we develop courses, recruit presenters, and build supports in the most cost effective manner we can so that we can offer you valuable products without breaking the bank.
The training includes just over 40 hours of lecture and lessons. It can be completed at your own pace via an internet accessible personal computer or tablet. The BACB requires that you complete your RBT training within 180 days. To earn a valid certificate that you can use to apply for the RBT registry, you must complete your course within 180 days. Extensions are not available. Individual time to complete the course will vary as the amount of time spent on quiz questions and reviewing content will be particular to each user. The minimum amount of time spent in the course will be 40 hours. 
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Once you complete this online training you ARE NOT a “Registered Behavior Technician”. After completing training, you will need to complete an application process, pass a live observation assessment (conducted by your supervising BCBA), and pass the national RBT examination (provided through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board) in order to become a "Registered Behavior Technician. 

For information on the written exam visit the BACB RBT Exam website

All RBTs must be supervised by a BCBA or a BCaBA. You cannot operate without a Board Certified Behavior analyst supervising you. It is potentially dangerous as well as unethical to provide therapy independently.

Completing this training DOES NOT authorize you to imply that you are qualified to provide any kind of therapy autonomously (i.e., by yourself, without supervision).

A registry of BCBAs is available through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board through their Find a Certificant page

You can see a list of BCBAs willing to provide supervision and email them through the registry to ask if they are looking to hire interventionist (many  are, most states are in great need of behavior interventionists). You may also conduct an online search in your state for companies which provide Applied Behavior Analysis therapy and directly contact them to inquire about employment as a behavior interventionist.

The next step is to work with your BCBA supervisor to schedule a direct observation assessment of your abilities to implement the procedures that you learned about in the 40 hour online training, and have been practicing during in-home therapy. Once you “pass” the assessment, you can send your application to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board™ (BACB) and schedule your written exam.

Click here for Information on the written exam 

**Please note** There is a fee involved with the application. More information can be found at bacb.com/rbt
If you have specific questions about RBT certification, contact the Behavior Analyst Certification Board at RBT@bacb.com or 720-438-4321, (Monday to Friday) from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Mountain time.

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Download this Task List
Module Topic RBT Task List and/or Professional & Ethical Code
1. Foundational Knowledge 1. Welcome to RBT
2. Autism characteristics BACB RBT guideline 1.01 reliance on scientific knowledge, 1.02 boundaries of competence, 1.03 maintaining competence through professional development, 2.01 accepting clients
3. Behavior Basics D-02
4. Applying the ABCs B-01, D-02
2. Discrete Trial Training and Data Collection 1. Creating Objective Session Notes B-01, E-01, E-02, E-03
2. Data Collection A-02, A-03, A-04, B-01, B-04
3. Discrete Trial Training A-01, C-04, C-07
4. Data Entry and Graphing A-05
5. Reading Skill Acquisition Plans C-01, C-02
3. Prompting and Error Correction 1. Review and Expansion of Behavioral Principles C-03, D-03, D-04, C-07
2. Prompting C-04, C-08, C-09, C-10
3. Error Correction C-04, C-05, C-08
4. Identifying Common Error Patterns E-02, E-03
5. Antecedent Strategies to Promote Session Engagement D-03
4. Expanded Reinforcement 1. Aspects of Reinforcement C-03
2. Schedules of Reinforcement C-03, D-03
3. Token Systems C-03, D-03
4. Identifying Preferred Items B-02
5. Beyond Discrete Trial 1. Naturalistic Intervention C-03, C-05, C-10
2. Generalization and Maintenance C-11
6. Reducing and Responding to Challenging Behavior 1. Behavior Reduction Procedures D-03, D-04, D-05
2. Emergency Protocols B-01, D-01, D-06, E-02
7. Promoting Independence 1. Visual Supports C-06, C-08, C-10, C-11
2. Teaching Daily Living Skills A-02, C-06, C-10, C-11, C-12
3. Verbal Behavior
4. Promoting Functional Communication
8. Ethics and Professional Conduct 1. Restraints and Aversive Interventions E-04, E-05
2. Ethical Conduct for Behavior Interventionists F-03, F-04, F-05, BACB RBT Guidelines 7.01, 7.02, 8.01, 10.01, 10.02, 10.03, 10.04, 10.05, 10.06
3. Professional Guidelines B-03, C-12, E-03, E-05, F-01, F-02, F-03, F-04, F-05. BACB RBT Guidelines 1.01-1.07, 2.02, 2.05, 2.06-2.08, 2.10, 2.11, 3.01, 4.10, 6.01, 6.02, 8.02, 8.03, 8.05, 8.06, 9.01, 9.09, 10.07
4. Evidence Based Practice BACB RBT guideline1.01 reliance on scientific knowledge, 1.02 boundaries of competence, 1.03 maintaining competence through professional development

*Note. Professional guidelines and Ethical Conduct topics together cover all RBT BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Codes*