Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Jobs & Career Guide

What’s in this guide?

  • What is an RBT?
  • What does an RBT do?
  • How to become an RBT
  • How much can you earn?

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What is a registered behavior technician?

A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is a paraprofessional certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). RBTs work under the close, ongoing supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a similarly qualified professional. The primary role of an RBT is to provide behavior analysis services, implementing behavior-analytic interventions that are designed by the supervising behavior analyst.

What does an RBT do?

The primary role of an RBT involves the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services designed to modify specific behaviors in their clients, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental issues.

RBTs are trained to carry out comprehensive behavior intervention plans, collect data during therapy sessions, and interact with clients through these structured interventions. Their work is vital in ensuring consistent, supervised application of behavioral principles and techniques aimed at improving functional behaviors.

RBTs also play a crucial role in supporting the family and educational teams involved with the individual receiving therapy. They provide training on reinforcement strategies, assist in managing challenging behaviors, and ensure that interventions are executed accurately and effectively.

In addition to direct intervention, RBTs document progress and are involved in preparing reports and maintaining records that are essential for assessing client progress and adjusting interventions.

Being an RBT is challenging, but incredibly rewarding. Witnessing the breakthroughs a client makes, even small ones, is what keeps me going. It’s a privilege to support these individuals and their families on their journeys.
Megan Isle, Registered Behavior Technician at Circle City ABA

How to become a registered behavior technician

Eligibility Requirements

You should be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. You also need to pass a background check, typically conducted to ensure safety in working with vulnerable populations.

Complete Training

Prospective RBTs are required to complete a 40-hour training program that covers the RBT Task List, a BACB-curated outline of necessary skills and knowledge areas. This training is designed to cover the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and must be completed within a 180-day period.

Competency Assessment

After completing the training, you must pass a competency assessment administered by a qualified Board Certified Behavior Analyst. This assessment involves direct observation of the candidate performing tasks from the RBT Task List. The assessor evaluates your ability to handle various situations and tasks that you will encounter in the role.

RBT Examination

Once the competency assessment is passed, the next step is to apply for and pass the RBT examination, which is administered by the BACB. The exam tests your knowledge of the RBT Task List and the ethical standards expected of an RBT. This multiple-choice exam is conducted at a Pearson VUE testing center.

Maintain Certification

After passing the exam, to maintain certification, RBTs must comply with ongoing supervision requirements and complete a renewal process annually, which includes continuing education and adherence to the BACB’s ethical requirements. Regular supervision by a BCBA ensures that RBTs continue to practice according to the high standards required by the BACB.

How much can you earn as a RBT?

The average salary for a Registered Behavior Technician typically ranges between $30,000 and $40,000 annually. For more insights please visit our RBT salary guide.

Latest RBT Job Listings

PositionCompanyLocationPosted
Registered Behavior TechnicianEducational Service District 112 Vancouver, Washington US07/16/2024
General Responsibilities Under the direction of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), the Registered Behavior Technician is responsible for the implementation of behavior intervention plans developed by the IEP team, collecting data and conducting assessments.Salary:The salary range for this position is $28.39 – $34.54* per hour.Offers are made at the beginning of the range. *The salary range starting September 1, 2024, … More
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)Early Autism Services Beaverton, Oregon US07/16/2024
Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children? We welcome you to apply now and join our dedicated team at Early Autism Services as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). We are seeking enthusiastic individuals from diverse backgrounds to provide personalized 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children (ages 2-11) in a supportive environment. At Early Autism Services, we provide the training needed to build your career and grow your skills as … More
Registered Behavior Technician II – Emory Autism CenterEmory University Atlanta, Georgia US07/09/2024
Discover Your Career at Emory UniversityEmory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.DescriptionKEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Under close, ongoing direct supervision of a BCaBA, BCBA or BCBA-D, the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT II) at … More
Registered Behavior Therapist (RBT)Project Brilliance Boca Raton, Florida US07/01/2024
Project Brilliance an ABA therapy company committed to providing the best quality, ethical, and most innovative ABA therapy to children on the autism spectrum and other related developmental disabilities, all the while striving to set a standard of care in the field. We aim to not only help children gain valuable skills, but to also help their families lead fulfilled and successful lives together. We are looking for professional, outgoing, energetic and … More
Instructor (Department of Mental Health Services)University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania US06/18/2024
Instructor (Department of Mental Health Services) University OverviewThe University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has … More
Position
General Responsibilities Under the direction of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), the Registered Behavior Technician is responsible for the implementation of behavior intervention plans developed by the IEP team, collecting data and conducting assessments.Salary:The salary range for this position is $28.39 – $34.54* per hour.Offers are made at the beginning of the range. *The salary range starting September 1, 2024, … More
Company
Educational Service District 112
Location
Vancouver, Washington US
Posted
07/16/2024
Position
Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children? We welcome you to apply now and join our dedicated team at Early Autism Services as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). We are seeking enthusiastic individuals from diverse backgrounds to provide personalized 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children (ages 2-11) in a supportive environment. At Early Autism Services, we provide the training needed to build your career and grow your skills as … More
Company
Early Autism Services
Location
Beaverton, Oregon US
Posted
07/16/2024
Position
Discover Your Career at Emory UniversityEmory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.DescriptionKEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Under close, ongoing direct supervision of a BCaBA, BCBA or BCBA-D, the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT II) at … More
Company
Emory University
Location
Atlanta, Georgia US
Posted
07/09/2024
Position
Project Brilliance an ABA therapy company committed to providing the best quality, ethical, and most innovative ABA therapy to children on the autism spectrum and other related developmental disabilities, all the while striving to set a standard of care in the field. We aim to not only help children gain valuable skills, but to also help their families lead fulfilled and successful lives together. We are looking for professional, outgoing, energetic and … More
Company
Project Brilliance
Location
Boca Raton, Florida US
Posted
07/01/2024
Position
Instructor (Department of Mental Health Services) University OverviewThe University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has … More
Company
University of Pennsylvania
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania US
Posted
06/18/2024