Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

FAQs

What is a Registered Behavior Technician™ (RBT)?
An RBT is a paraprofessional who works one-on-one or in small groups with clients and their families dealing with learning behavioral challenges. An RBT works under the guidance of a supervisor, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), to collect data and carry out treatment protocols or behavior plans.  

For more information on the RBT credential, visit https://www.bacb.com/rbt/

Who should be an RBT?
The RBT training is useful for anyone interested in learning about behavior. We designed our training at Moorpark College for community college students interested in working in schools, clinics, or in-home services. Our training is also appropriate for teaching assistants, educators, parents, or other individuals who would like to learn evidence-based behavioral strategies based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  You must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or equivalent.

Practically anyone would benefit from being introduced to evidence-based procedures that are based on science of behavior, or applied behavior analysis (ABA). Students will find the skills transfer to all facets of life. The following individuals would especially benefit:

  • People who work directly with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Teachers or Teaching Assistants/Aids
  • After-school activity staff
  • Daycare staff and supervisors
  • Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Direct care staff in residential settings such as group homes
  • Hospital administrators and staff
  • Nursing supervisors or special needs staff
  • Home health aides
  • Emergency response teams
  • Case managers
  • Hospice staff and supervisors
  • Direct care staff
  • Parents
  • Anyone working with individuals who lack communication and self-care skills
  • Anyone working with individuals with challenging behavior

What is the difference between RBT M01 and RBT M01L?
RBT M01 Registered Behavior Technician: Knowledge Skills, is a 2.5 unit, self-paced, online course designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) to sit for the RBT exam.

RBT M01L Registered Behavior Technician: Clinical Applications is an in-person course for students that provides hands-on experience and real-time feedback on the skills they learned from the online computer-based instruction. Students will have the opportunity to view a model of the skills, practice, and will receive feedback. This course is meant to prepare students for the RBT Competency Assessment, which is needed in order to be eligible to sit for the exam.  

What will I learn?
The training will cover all of the tasks and subtasks on the RBT Task List. These courses teach evidence-based behavior intervention techniques and strategies for individuals including but not limited to:

  • behavior measurement
  • assessment
  • skill acquisition
  • behavior reduction
  • in-session troubleshooting
  • documentation and reporting
  • professional and ethical conduct
  • scope of practice

What happens after completing the RBT M01 course?
By the end of the 2.5 unit training, students will have all the training needed to take the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) Competency Assessment (visit http://bacb.com/rbt-competency-assessment/ for more details). When both courses, RBT M01 and RBT M01L, are completed successfully, students are eligible for a Moorpark College Registered Behavior Technician Proficiency Award.

Upon passing the competency assessment, candidates will be able to apply and sit for the RBT credentialing exam. More information about the exam can be found here: http://bacb.com/rbt-exam/
What are the benefits of being an RBT?

  • Helping others is highly rewarding.
  • The result of a recent poll by Forbes magazine, is that 63% of Behavior Technicians feel their work “makes the world better.”
  • Scheduling work hours can very be flexible depending on where you work. ABA sessions are often scheduled during weekday afternoons, but can also take place in the morning, during school or clinic hours, and on the weekends.  
  • The RBT position can serve as a foundation for higher level education and positions in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Clients and parents will be assured of your qualifications for working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Taking the time to complete the RBT training proves your determination and passion to potential employers for marketability.

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