RBT® Training FAQ

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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®).

Module Topic RBT® Task List and/or Professional & Ethical Code
1. Foundational Knowledge
1. Welcome to RBT®
2. Autism characteristics BACB® RBT® Ethics Code 1.01, 2.03,1.03
3. Behavior Basics D-02
4. Applying the ABCs A-06, D-02
2. Discrete Trial Training and Data Collection
1. Creating Objective Session Notes A-06, E-03, E-04, E-03
2. Data Collection A-02, A-03, A-04, A-06, B-03
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, C-11
2. Prompting C-04, C-08, C-09
3. Error Correction C-04, C-05, C-08
4. Error Analysis E-04, 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, C-12, D-03
4. Identifying Preferred Items B-01
5. Beyond Discrete Trial
1. Naturalistic Intervention C-03, C-05, C-09
2. Generalization and Maintenance C-10
6. Reducing and Responding to Challenging Behavior
1. Behavior Reduction Procedures D-03, D-04, D-05
2. Emergency Protocols A-06, D-01, D-06, E-04
7. Promoting Independence
1. Visual Supports C-08, C-06, C-09, C-10
2. Teaching Daily Living Skills A-02, C-06, C-09, C-10, C-12
3. Promoting Communication C-03, C-05, C-09, D-02
4. Verbal Behavior C-03, C-05, D-03
8. Professional Practices
1. Professional Conduct F-03, RBT® Ethics Code 1.01
2. Evidence Based Practices RBT® Ethics Code 1.01, 1.10>
9. RBT® Ethics Code
1. Ethics Section 1: Responsible Conduct E-02, F-04, RBT® Ethics Code 1.01,
1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.07,
1.08, 1.09, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13
2. Ethics Section 2: Responsibility to Clients E-02, E-04, E-05, F-05 RBT® Ethics
code 2.01, 2.02, 2.03, 2.04, 2.05,
2.06, 2.07, 2.08, 2.09, 2.10
3. Ethics Section 3: Competence and Service Delivery B-02, B-03, E-04, E-05, F-01, F-03
F-04, RBT® Ethics Code 3.01,
3.02, 3.03, 3.04, 3.05, 3.06, 3.07,
10. Ethics Applications
Ethics Application 1: Restraints and Aversive Interventions E-04, E-05, RBT® Ethics Code 2.01,
2.03, 2.10, 3.01, 3.02, 3.03
Ethics Application 2: Active Responding with RBT® Ethics Code RBT® Ethics Code 1.01, 1.01, 1.05,
1.06, 1.07, 1.08, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12,
2.01, 2.03, 2.04, 2.05, 2.08, 2.10,
3.01, 3.02, 3.04, 3.06, 3.08,
11. Responsibilities of Supervision
Supervision Part One All items Described in RBT® Supervision and Supervisor Requirements,
E-01, E-02, F-02
Supervision Part Two All items Described in RBT® Supervision and Supervisor Requirements,
E-01, E-02, F-02

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

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. 

This training is designed to cover all of the content on the  2nd edition 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®

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 Behavior Analyst Certification Board sets a limit of 180 days to complete the 40 hour RBT®™ training. Behavior University cannot offer extensions or exceptions to this rule. 

If you are not able to complete your course within the 180 days, please contact us at info@behavioruniversity.com to inquire about options available to you.

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. 

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 RBT®s 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 BCBA®s is available through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board through their Find a Certificant page

You can see a list of BCBA®s 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 RBT® Course comes with a Practice Test to help you prepare for the national RBT® exam by the BACB®. Our Practice Test has 85 questions covering the RBT® Task list. The Practice Test is untimed but displays a timer so you can track your progress and work towards the 90 minutes allotted for the BACB® exam.  

The Practice Test becomes available to users upon completion of the 40 hour course. 

Users may take the Practice Test twice. Results are displayed and compared upon completion. 

Your access to the Practice Test does not expire. Once you complete the course, your RBT® Training Certificate will be available for download. You may use the Practice Test immediately or you can wait until you are closer to the time when you will take the national BACB® exam. 

The next step is to work with your BCBA® supervisor to schedule a direct observation Competency Assessment of your abilities to implement the procedures that you learned about in the 40 hour online training, and have been practicing during your work the home, clinic, school, or community setting where you have been gaining experience.  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.