RBT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

RBT Training Requirements

The completion of specific training, described below, is one of the eligibility requirements for becoming credentialed as an RBT.

Content

The RBT Training must cover:

  • The entire RBT Task List; and
  • The ethics requirements that have been designated as being relevant for behavior technicians; and
  • A brief overview of the BCBA and BCaBA credentials, and how they relate to the role of the RBT.

Duration

The cumulative duration of instruction time must be at least 40 hours. At least 3 hours of the training must be devoted to ethics and professional conduct. The training must be completed within a 180-day period.

Delivery

The 40 hours of instruction may be conducted in a variety of ways:

  • It may be structured as a single course or comprised of briefer units.
  • The presentation may be didactic (e.g., lecture-based) or experiential (e.g., role-playing) in nature.
  • The delivery mechanism may be in person or online. Online training must utilize instructor-led delivery of content in place of in-person instruction. For example, time spent participating in interactive modules, video lectures, online instructor-led class discussions, or similar contact with instruction can count as instruction hours. For both in-person and online training, time spent completing an assignment is not counted as instruction hours.
  • Training provided online in an asynchronous manner (i.e., not in real-time) must be designed by a BACB certificant whose name should be identified at the outset of the training. Such training should be designed using behavior-analytic instructional procedures (e.g., programmed instruction).
  • Recorded portions of training may be administered by a non-certificant who has been sufficiently trained and performs the training under the supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA.

Note: Any additional agency-specific training should be conducted separately from the experience described here.

Provider/Instructor

The training must be conducted by a BACB certificant (BCBA/BCBA-D, BCaBA, or FL-CBA).

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.

While the BACB does not provide this training, there are several ways to locate an RBT training program. Many agencies elect to design and conduct their training in-house, and the training is provided to new hires. There are several companies that have developed live or online courses in which anyone can enroll. Or, the candidate’s supervisor can develop and administer a training. University coursework in ABA may qualify only if it meets all of the RBT training requirements and the instructor provides a training certificate. Many programs are embedding this training within their courses and offering training certificates for use toward RBT applications.

Providers must include a link to the RBT Task List and the following text in all online and print materials for their training program:

  • This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. The program is offered independent of the BACB.

Documentation

The provider must retain records on each learner for a minimum of 7 years. As part of the RBT application process, applicants must upload a document which verifies completion of the training. All such documents must include the following information:

  • The start and end dates of the training; and
  • The name of the individual who delivered the training; and
  • The total number of hours of instruction (at least 40 hours); and
  • A statement indicating that the learner successfully completed the training; and
  • The content statement below.
    • This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. The program is offered independent of the BACB.

Please note that documentation must contain the above information for the entire 40-hour training. A summary sheet of individual training modules completed, or portions of the training received from various providers, will not be accepted. If an organization partners with a training provider that cannot produce such a document, the organization should draft a certificate of completion that can be submitted with the transcript from the training provider. A supervisor may also draft a certificate of completion for applicants who have combined training experiences, which should also be accompanied by transcripts verifying the student was actually enrolled in the program(s).