Administrative Leadership

Quick Facts

Deadline: December 10

Classes Begin:  January 14

Credit Hours: 120

Delivery: Online**

**Onsite courses are offered, but it depends on location enrollment.

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The National Center for Disability Education and Training Registered Behavior Technician Certification Program

What is a registered behavior technician?

A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to help individuals with autism and behavioral disabilities. The RBT’s primary responsibility is the direct implementation of treatment plans developed by the supervisor.

Why was the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential created?

Due to increased demand for well-trained behavior technicians and quality applied behavior-analytic services, insurance companies (Tricare and Magellan) and government agencies have been researching ways to improve and standardize behavior services provided by frontline staff. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) created the Registered Behavior Technician credential to “establish training standards for behavior technicians, the paraprofessionals who implement behavior plans directly with clients” and identify and evaluate standards for behavior technicians by regulatory and funding stakeholders. Magellan and Tricare reimburse RBTs at a $50 hourly rate. 

Why is the credential important to agencies and therapists?

Credentialed RBTs—and their agencies—can be confident they are providing the most effective treatment to their clients. To prospective clients, the RBT credential signifies a higher standard of service; RBTs are better trained, more qualified, and more reputable than therapists without the credential. 

What are the other benefits of credentialing my frontline staff?

There are many benefits to your agency and the collective good of the field.

  • Increased Integrity of ABA. Credentialing your frontline staff as RBTs goes one step further in strengthening the integrity of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
  • Gaining Competitive Position. Having staff credentialed as RBTs will help your agency stand apart from your competition, help you win contracts, negotiate higher rates, and attract new clients.
  • Providing Higher Quality Services. The RBT credential will help improve the performance of your frontline staff. By combining a 40-hour initial training, competency assessment, interviews, mandated supervision, and yearly renewals, supervisors will know exactly who is performing to expectations and will be able to pinpoint their areas of strengths and weaknesses. It will also enable agencies to identify staff that do not meet the competencies outlined by the RBT credential.
  • Recruiting and Retaining Quality Personnel. The RBT credential establishes the ABA field with a legitimate career track with upward mobility. Individuals can engage in a career that provides incremental credentials for professional growth – RBT to BCaBA to BCBA. This helps organizations attract higher quality staff and retain these staff over time.

Who is eligible?

To apply for the RBT credential, the applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent
  • Successfully complete a criminal background registry check at the time of application (within 45 days of submitting the application)
  • Complete a 40-hour training program (conducted by a BACB certificant) based on the RBT Task List *
  • Pass the RBT Competency Assessment administered by a BACB certificant 
  • Pass RBT Exam provided by the BACB ($45). Annual renewal fees are $35.

* Students who receive an incomplete to the course may no longer be eligible for the certification. The training/course needs to be completed in 180 days or less.

Estimated time to credential a registered behavior technician (RBT)

Time to Complete RBT Training (Course) + Competency Assessment (Built in the Course) 

Below shows the results of a recent beta test conducted on the total time it will take to credential a behavior technician:

Initial Training: 47.5 Hours
Competency Assessment Interview: 0.5 Hours
Total: 48 Hours

Contact Annie Baghdayan, PhD with the National Center for Disability Education and Training at or (405) 325-0158 for more information about completing the training required for the RBT credential online.