APPLYING FOR RBT

Applicants

  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.

Exam

Once the application is approved, the applicant will be sent an email with instructions on how to schedule his or her RBT exam. The exam 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 candidate results are provided immediately on-site upon completion.

Registry

Newly approved RBTs will appear in the RBT Registry within one week of their application approval. Their name will appear along with the name of the Responsible Certificant (i.e., BCBA and/or BCaBA) serving as their designated Responsible Certificant. Please note that RBTs will not receive a certificate; the registry will be the only source of confirmation of their registration status.

Application Fees

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

Renewal Fees

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

Exam Retakes

Applicants may retake the exam 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.

Documents

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

Note: BACB Fees are nonrefundable

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.