Online Registered Behavior
Technician Training

RBT Training is conducted by instructors from the University of Texas at San Antonio's
Autism Research Center, formally the Teacher Education Autism Model (TEAM).

The UTSA Autism Research Center

UTSA's Autism Research Center is a university-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) clinic that is dedicated to serving the needs of children with autism and other intellectual disabilities. Applied Behavior Analysis is a systematic approach to environmental modification for the purposes of influencing socially important behavior to a meaningful degree. The purpose of the center is to accentuate the context for behavior.

ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person's perspective.

As the number of children diagnosed with ASD continues to increase, so does the need for specially trained and credentialed (certified) professionals and caregivers in the area of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, on-going supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA. The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of skill-acquisition and behavior-reduction plans developed by the supervisor. The RBT may also collect data and conduct certain types of assessments (e.g., stimulus preference assessments).

In addition to completing the UTSA 42-hour training program, to become a certified Registered Behavior Technican, an invidual must:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Undergo a background check
  • Complete the RBT Examination

To view all the eligibility crtieria stated above, please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website.

In partnership with UTSA Extended Education, the Autism Research Center offers Registered Behavior Technician Training for administrators, teachers, direct care providers, and others who work with individuals with special needs.

Virtually anyone can benefit from being introduced to applied behavior analysis; however, becoming an RBT would especially advantage:

  • Adults who work directly with children or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Paraprofessionals in the Speech Pathology and Occupation Therapy fields
  • Direct care staff in residential settings such as group homes
  • Supervisors over nursing or special needs staff
  • Parents of developmentally challenged children
  • Hospice staff and supervisors
  • Hospital administrators
  • Case managers
  • Direct care staff
  • Substitute teachers
  • After-school activity staff
  • Daycare staff and supervisors

Course Schedule

Online RBT Training is delivered virtually over five consecutive weeks for a total of 42 hours. The cohort meets with the online instructor one day a week for two hours. Participants will then be required to complete eight hours of homework, consisting of video modules and excercises, per week.

  • Week 1 - Defining Behavior and Pre-test

    The first course consists of an outline of the training program, a brief overview of the behavior-analytic perspective, introducing the first homework assignment, and a pretest of declarative knowledge of the RBT Task List.

  • Week 2 - Observing and Recording Behavior

    The second course will involve a clinical review of definitions provided by participants, an overview of the recording methods and behavioral definitions, and asynchronous skill acquisition video modules.

  • Week 3 - Fidelity of Implementations

    For the third course, participants will learn to develop a fidelity of implementation plan for a reinforcement-based intervention as well as review recording methods, and view asynchronous behavior reduction video modules.

  • Week 4 - Visual Analysis

    The fourth course consists of a clinical review of intervention data provided by participants, an overview of behavior-reduction procedures, and asynchronous video modules focused on documenting and reporting and professional conduct.

  • Week 5 - Project Review and Post-test

    The fifth and final course consists of a brief review of each participants’ projects followed by a post-test identical in length and structure to the pre-test completed on the first day of class.

Alonzo Andrews, UTSA Registered Behavior Technician Training

Meet the Instructor

Alonzo Andrews, MA, BCBA

Acting Director of the UTSA Autism Research Center Alonzo Andrews is the lead instructor for Online Registered Behavior Technician Training.

During his 24-year tenure at UTSA, he has delivered behavioral services and supports to individuals with autism spectrum disorders to include the provision of residential programming for children and adults, on-site operation of state-certified private school, vocational training, and out-patient rehabilitation therapies.

Alonzo has participated in autism research resulting in seventeen peer-reviewed publications.

In 2018, he was presented the American Association for Rural Special Education Exemplary Program Award for Pre-Service/In-Service Training.

His clinical interests include biomedical interventions, video modeling, distance functional assessments, architecture for autism, challenging behavior, verbal behavior, behavioral phenomenology, and neurodiversity.

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