Becoming a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) can be a rewarding career path, offering the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals with behavioral challenges. But what does it take to become an RBT? Let's walk through the process step by step.


Eligibility Requirements

To become an RBT, you must meet certain eligibility requirements set by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). These requirements ensure that you have the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide behavior analysis services under the supervision of a qualified professional.

To apply for RBT certification, you must:

-Be at least 18 years old.

-Have completed high school-level education or equivalent.

-Pass a background check.

-Obtain 40 hours of qualified training.

-Successfully complete an RBT initial competency assessment.


Application Process

Once you meet the eligibility requirements, you can proceed with the application process. Here's what you need to do:

  • Complete the Certification Application: Apply for RBT certification. Upload required documents such as your 40-hour training certificate, completed initial competency assessment, and proof of education.
  • Identify an RBT Supervisor: Find an RBT Supervisor who will provide ongoing supervision once you're certified. They will confirm your age, background check, and commitment to supervision.
  • Pay the Application Fee: Pay the certification application processing fee and agree to abide by the RBT Ethics Code.
  • Application Review: Allow two weeks for the BACB staff to process your application. If approved, you'll receive instructions for scheduling your RBT certification examination.

Taking the Examination

Once your application is approved, you'll schedule your RBT certification examination with Pearson VUE. The examination consists of 85 multiple-choice questions, and you'll have 90 minutes to complete it. The passing score is determined by a panel of subject matter experts and approved by the BACB Board of Directors.

Becoming a RBT involves meeting eligibility requirements, completing the application process, and passing the certification examination. By following these steps, you can embark on a fulfilling career as a Registered Behavior Technician, making a meaningful difference in the lives of those you serve.