ABA Techniques for Parents, Teachers and Technicians (RBTS)


RBT Course



We have prepared a 40 hour course to meet the BACBs new RBT requirement. This will become the official credential of technicians, therapists and trainers that qualifies them to carry out acquisition and more complex behavior change plans (under supervision). The course will involve studying all the material on this website, one book,  Progress without Punishment by Donnellan or Lavigna (available from interlibrary loan or $4 used from amazon) and additional articles and material that I will send to you by email.

Anyone is welcome to learn all they can by studying this website, the Wiki pages it links to, and watching the video links on Youtube, but to complete the RBT course it is also necessary to complete and pass the 20 2 hour learning programs we will send you when you have paid. The price is $250 per person (discounts available for groups or for certain countries, write us).

The programs follow the Programmed Instruction format of Dr Skinner , in which you will read a few lines of the required material, and then answer a question about those lines. The program will give you feedback on each answer. The programs are based on the material on this website, some of the links to the BACB, and the book Progress Without Punishment. You may continue to retake the tests and study the material until you have passed each unit with a score of 80%. When you pass a unit, I will send you the next unit. You will answer a lot of questions, but the questions are not extremely difficult. So dont be afraid of the tests! I will send a sample test on request. You are required to pass all the units within 90 days of each other, but you will not find that to be hard.

There are many job opportunities for people interested in working in ABA, particularly with autistic children. A good way to prepare for these is to obtain the RBT registration explained below. You can start by studying this site. RBTs always work under the supervision of behavior analysts.

Parents might be interested in obtaining the RBT credential, and then working under the supervision of a certified behavior analyst (BCBA or BCABA) This approach can be very useful if you are not covered by health insurance for ABA services. If you live in an area where there are not many behavior analysts, you can be supervised remotely by skype calls. We offer that service.

You will also have to be assessed/checked off in an interview by a Behavior Analyst (BCABA or higher) to be registered as a RBT. RBTs always work under the supervision of a certified behavior analyst.

Behavior Analysts who wish to familiarize yourself with it before having your RBTs trained can contact me for samples.

This training is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. The program is offered independent of the BACB.

The BACB RBT Task List can be found here:

To summarize the task list, it requires technicians to demonstrate skills in measurement including how to prepare for skill acquisition sessions, how to record data for continuous procedures (such as frequency and duration) discontinuous measurement (such as partial, whole interval or momentary time sampling) How to record permanent products, and how to enter and graph data.

It trains technicians to describe behavior in measureable terms, to conduct preference assessments, And how to assist with individualized assessments, and functional analysis procedures.

Under learning to train skill acquisition procedures, reading skill acquisition plans, preparing for the skill session, using reinforcement, implementing discrete trials, naturalistic, and chaining, implementing discrimination and stimulus control or fading, using and fading prompts, assist with the training of stakeholders.

Learning behavior reduction procedures including reading behavior plans, describing function of behavior, using antecedent (environmental) techniques, using reinforcement schedules (DRA, DRO) using extinction, and other emergency reaction strategies.

Documentation of factors regarding clients status and session notes. Communicating with supervisors, reporting abuse or neglect, and collecting and storing data.

Professional Conduct, such as describing the RBTs role, responding to feedback and developing job skills, how to communicate with families and other stakeholders, avoiding dual relationships and other conflicts of interest. How to maintain client dignity.

To complete the course you should review all of our pages here, the book, and the wiki pages. You may watch as many of the video links as you like. You must then pass the 20 2 hour units in order.

This page merely summarizes the content needed to cover the relevant skills for the RBT based on the BACB tasklist. See the rest of the site for complete information, and write me at   with any questions, or to sign up for the complete RBT course.

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