What Does it Take to Become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®)?

Apr 20, 2022 | ABA Therapy, Careers

What Does it Take to Become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®)?

A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®) is a credentialed paraprofessional who implements ABA treatment plans developed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). RBTs practice under the guidance and supervision of a BCBA or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). RBTs share the same responsibilities as ABA technicians, but their RBT credential, which is nationally recognized, requires more extensive training. 

RBTs work directly with people with autism spectrum disorders, and with individuals who have mental health needs and developmental delays. They can work in clinical settings or provide therapy in home, community, and school environments.  

Certification Requirements

In order to be certified as an RBT, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma, complete 40 hours of training, pass a background check, pass the RBT Competency Assessment, and pass the RBT exam. RBTs are expected to understand the key principles of ABA and abide by the RBT code of ethics.

The need for behavioral analysts has increased nationally, and so has demand for RBTs. While an RBT position is considered entry-level with a corresponding entry-level salary, pay levels get higher with time in the field and skills acquired in different areas of experience.

Job Responsibilities

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What is a day like in the life of an RBT? These are some typical activities an RBT might perform:

  • Assist BCBAs with assessment procedures, behavior reduction plans, and skill-building plans
  • Use ABA intervention strategies with students and teach them specific behavior skills that are called for in their treatment plans
  • Encourage students’ social skills
  • Collect data about students’ behavior through direct observation
  • Prepare and upload data related to students on the caseload

Being an RBT is a great start for anyone interested in a career in the field of ABA. There is room for advancement and growth through additional education and certifications. It is also very rewarding, as each day brings new challenges and you can see first-hand the progress that your students make, and how you’re helping them and their families.

Harsha Autism Center provides ongoing care for children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 2-22) with autism to improve the quality of their lives. If you would like learn more about how Harsha Autism Center can help please contact us at info@harshaautism.com or call (812) 233-8833.

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