Becoming a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) involves meeting specific requirements set by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Here are the key requirements:
- Education: You need a high school diploma or equivalent to qualify for the RBT certification. A college degree is not required.
- Training: You must complete a 40-hour training program that is based on the RBT Task List provided by the BACB. This training covers fundamental concepts of behavior analysis and teaches practical skills necessary for working as an RBT.
- Competency Assessment: After completing the training, you’ll undergo a competency assessment. This assessment evaluates your ability to perform the tasks outlined in the RBT Task List. An assessor, often a BCBA, will observe your skills and ensure you meet the required standards.
- Criminal Background Check: You need to pass a criminal background check in order to ensure the safety and welfare of clients.
- Pass the RBT Exam: Once you’ve completed the training and competency assessment, you’ll need to pass the RBT exam. This exam tests your understanding of behavior analysis principles and your ability to apply them in real-world scenarios.
- Supervision: As an RBT, you will need to work under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). The BCBA or BCaBA will provide ongoing supervision and guidance as you implement behavior intervention plans and work with clients.