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Registered Behavior
Technician Training


In March 2014, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a new estimate for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to the CDC, 1 in 68 children have ASD, which is a 30 percent increase over the previous estimate of 1 in 88. According to the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, there are an estimated 130,000 Texans with ASD below 22 years of age.


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 UTSA Registered Behavior Technician Training Program uses the most contemporary, evidence-based instruction to assist educators, paraprofessionals and direct-care staff improve the quality of life and educational outcomes of individuals with autism.


What is a Registered Behavior Technician?

The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, on-going supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA (“designated RBT supervisor”). 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).


"... Applied behavior analysis is more relevant than ever before... (it offers) parents, teachers, corporate and government leaders advantages that cannot be matched by any other psychological approach..."


Bailey, Jon S. (2000). A futuristic perspective for applied behavior analysis. In J. Austin & J.E. Carr (Eds.), Handbook of applied behavior analysis, 473-488. Reno, NV: Content Press. 


Who should be a Registered Behavior Technician?

Virtually anyone would 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
  • Hospital administrators
  • Supervisors over nursing or special needs staff
  • Emergency response teams
  • Case managers
  • Hospice staff and supervisors
  • Direct care staff
  • Parents of developmentally challenged, or experiencing challenging behavior
  • Substitute teachers
  • After-school activity staff
  • Daycare staff and supervisors
  • All other staff working with those displaying challenging behavior

How Can I Become a Registered Behavior Technician?

We can assist you! Take our 5-week training course composed of face-to-face instructor time accompanied by online homework in your spare time. This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List and is designed to meet the 42-hour training required for competency certification for the RBT credential.


Note that the RBT Competency Assessment will be administered by your supervising BACB Certificant. This program is offered independent of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).


The Registered Behavior Technician Training program is brought to the community by a partnership between Extended Education and UTSA Autism Research Center.



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