Career Ladder: Becoming a Registered Behavioral Technician

Embarking on a career in health care can be both rewarding and fulfilling, especially when you know there’s a clear path for growth and specialization ahead. For those interested in making a significant impact in the lives of individuals with behavioral challenges, becoming a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) is a commendable goal. Starting from a Direct Support Professional (DSP), the journey towards becoming an RBT is enriched with learning, growth, and meaningful client interactions.

Understand the Role and Requirements of an RBT

Before starting the transition, ensure you fully understand what being an RBT entails, including the tasks, responsibilities, and the nature of work. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) outlines the requirements to become an RBT:

  • Age and Education: You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Background Check: You must pass a criminal background check, typically within 180 days, before submitting your application.
  • Training: Complete a 40-hour training program that adheres to the RBT Task List set by the BACB. This training can sometimes be offered by your current employer if they have a BCBA on staff, or it can be completed online through various authorized providers.
  • Competency Assessment: After completing your training, a BCBA must assess your competency in performing RBT tasks through direct observation. You’ll be evaluated on your ability to apply RBT principles and techniques correctly.
  • Examination: After passing the competency assessment, you must pass the RBT examination, which is a multiple-choice test administered by the BACB.

Leverage Your Experience as a DSP

As a DSP, you likely already have experience working with individuals who require assistance for daily living and possibly some behavioral intervention. This experience is invaluable and can provide you with a solid foundation in understanding the needs of the clients you will serve as RBT.

Complete Required Training

Look for a BACB-recognized RBT training program. Your current employer may offer training, or you may need to find a program online or through a local provider. Ensure the program covers all areas of the RBT Task List and is within the required 40 hours.

Undertake the Competency Assessment

Coordinate with a BCBA, possibly through your current employer or by finding a local BCBA willing to conduct your competency assessment. This assessment must be completed no more than 45 days before you apply for the RBT certification.

Pass the RBT Exam AND Maintain Your Certification

The exam covers the critical aspects of the RBT Task List and assesses your understanding of applied behavior analysis (ABA) principles. After becoming certified, ensure you meet ongoing supervision and professional development requirements to maintain your RBT certification. This involves receiving regular supervision by a BCBA and continuing education.

Transitioning from a DSP to an RBT can enhance your career, widen your skill set, and potentially improve your earning capacity. It’s a valuable step if you’re committed to working in the field of behavior analysis and helping those with developmental disabilities.

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Arbor Associates is here to guide you through your career path, offering the training and support you need to succeed. Reach out to us today to discover more about how we can help you grow professionally and achieve your goals. Contact us now and take the first step towards a rewarding career that makes a real difference.