The RBT credential requires applicants to meet minimum age and education standards, obtain 40 hours of acceptable training, successfully complete a competency assessment, and a criminal background check.
RBT applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have demonstrated completion of high school or equivalent/higher. For international or private schools that do not demonstrate a clear equivalence to completion of high school in the United States, an equivalency evaluation will be submitted on behalf of the student to a NACES member organization. If an applicant is applying from a country that does not offer a high school diploma equivalent, the applicant must demonstrate that they have remained in full-time education for the duration required in their country.
The 40-hour RBT training is not provided by the BACB but, rather, is developed and conducted by BACB certificants. The applicant will need to locate and enroll in a training program. The RBT Task List serves as the curriculum for the training required for all candidates for the RBT credential. RBT training may not begin until the applicant is at least 18 years of age and has completed the education requirement (e.g., high school) stated above.
An alternative pathway is available so as to not disadvantage existing behavior technicians who had already received quality training that otherwise would have met the RBT requirements. Training obtained prior to January 1, 2015, which was not completed within a 180-day period, may be acceptable if it can be demonstrated (by attestation from a BCBA or BCaBA) that (a) the training covered the required content from the RBT Task List and met all other related training requirements and (b) since completion of the training, the applicant has continued to perform RBT Task List duties at an acceptable level.
The RBT Competency Assessment is the basis for the key eligibility and renewal requirements for the RBT credential. The assessment must be administered by a BACB certificant following completion of the 40-hour training requirement. The assessment involves direct-observation competencies based on tasks found on the RBT Task List. The assessment is complete when the behavior technician demonstrates competency in each task as determined by the assessor. The assessment must have been completed no longer than 90 days prior to applying. Detailed administration instructions are available in the RBT Competency Assessment.
To the extent permitted by law, a criminal background check and abuse registry check shall be conducted on each RBT applicant no more than 180 days prior to submitting an application. Where available, a Responsible Certificant who holds a BACB credential shall confirm that the applicant has successfully completed a criminal background check comparable to that commonly required for those working as home health aides, child care professionals and/or teachers in the community where services will be provided. The Responsible Certificant is not required to review the background or registry report, if such review is conducted internally by the agency employing the applicant. The supervisor must attest to the following statement:
Applicants must take and pass the RBT exam. Authorization to take the exam is only provided to applicants who have submitted a complete exam application to the BACB, including all documentation necessary to demonstrate that they have met all of the criteria above.
Note: 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: 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.07, and 5.0.