Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis

If you’re trying to decide if certification in Applied Behavior Analysis is right for you – or you’re looking for information specific to becoming either an RBT or a BCBA, this is the place for you. Below you’ll find links to all our resources about working in the field of ABA.

What Certification do I Need to Work in ABA?

Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis is governed by the Behavior Analytic Certification Board (BACB). There are several options when considering certification, including Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst Doctoral Level (BCBA-D). Learn what’s required at each level to see which certification is right for you!

Becoming Certified in Applied Behavior Analysis

Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis is overseen by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and ensures a minimum standard of knowledge and compliance with ethical codes of conduct. In this post you’ll find answers to 10 of the most common questions about becoming certified in ABA. You’ll find resources to help you decide if ABA certification is right for you, as well as how to navigate the BACB website to find the certification requirements.

How to Find a Great BCBA Supervisor

Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis requires supervision from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Whiles some candidate are able to get supervision hours through their employer, many need or choose to seek supervision from a different source. In this article you will learn how to search the BACB website to find the best supervisor for you!

What Does a Registered Behavior Technician Do?

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is a certification awarded by the BACB in Applied Behavior Analysis. But what exactly does an RBT do? Because of supervision requirements, RBTs are only able to work where a BCBA can provide oversight, however you’ll still find RBTs in a wide range of settings. Learn what an RBT does while working in a clinic, home, school or out in the community, and understand the pros and cons of each environment.

Registered Behavior Technician Certification: Complete Guide

This complete guide provides all you need to know to decide whether certification is right for you, and how to obtain certification once you decide. Here we go beyond the nuts and bolts of becoming certified and answer 12 common questions such as, “What does it take to be an RBT?” and “Is working as an RBT stressful?” This is a great place to start if you’re considering certification!

3 Steps to Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Certification

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is an entry-level position into the field of ABA that is available to most individuals with a high school diploma. Learn the steps you need to take to become certified!

Is RBT Certification Worth It?

This detailed guide will help you understand if certification as an RBT is right for you. A table provides reasons why you might pursue certification, take the RBT training only, or look for a different path. You’ll also discover career options, salary expectations and recommendations based on your level of education.

RBT Competency Assessment FAQs

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about the RBT competency assessment – the final step toward RBT certification.

Identifying the Changes in the RBT Task List from the BACB

The task list is a document published by the Behavior Analytic Certification Board (BACB) that lists all the skills required to be an RBT. This document covers tasks an RBT is likely to perform with most, but not all clients. As the field of ABA changes, the BACB updates this task list. Learn what’s new with the last update!

How to Renew Your RBT Certification

The BACB requires you to renew certification annually. This ensures you’re consistently meeting supervision requirements and are adhering to ethical standards. While it can feel intimidating at first to complete the process of recertification, follow the 5 steps in this post and you’ll maintain your certification!

Become an RBT: Choose the Best 40-Hour Course for You!

RBT certification requires completion of a 40-hour training, however there are many ways you can meet this requirement. This post compares several options and provides a framework for choosing the best course for you!

Can You Get the 40-Hour RBT Training for Free?

The Autism Partnership Foundation provides a completely free training that meets the 40 hour training requirement for RBT certification through the BACB. But this training comes with a catch. This post explains what you can expect and will help you decide if this training is right for you!

Autism Therapy Career College: Online RBT Training

The Autism Therapy Career College provides a couple options for training for RBT certification. The basic training can be an affordable option at $29/week, as long as you can complete the training in a week or two. It’s also the most professionally executed training we sampled. But is it right for you? This post contains details about the training that will help you decide.

Verbal Behavior Institute (VBI): 40-Hour RBT Training

The Verbal Behavior Institute offers a training that meets the 40 hour requirement for RBT certification that also includes practice questions that help you prepare for the exam. While this training isn’t right for everyone, could it be right for you? This post includes sample video from the course and more to help you decide.

Identifying Changes to the BACB Task List for the BCaBA/BCBA Level

The task list is a document published by the Behavior Analytic Certification Board (BACB) to ensure professionals obtain competency in the wide variety of skills required to be successful in the field. As the field of ABA grows and changes, the BACB updates this task list. Learn about the difference between the 4th and 5th version of the task list for BCaBAs and BCBAs, which will be effective January 1, 2022.

BCBA Supervised Fieldwork-Required Documentation

The BACB has strict requirements for documentation of supervised hours. It can be confusing to know exactly how to complete this documentation correctly. This post provides videos for accurate completion of the following forms:

  • Monthly Fieldwork Verification Form
  • Unique Documentation System
  • Optional Fieldwork Tracker
  • Final Fieldwork Verification Form

BCBA Compensation: An Interesting Survey of 478 Committed BCBAs

Board Certified Behavior Analysts find themselves working in a variety of positions, either as employees or as contractors. Some are paid a lower wage for all hours they work, while others are compensated only for billable hours but at a higher rate. What payment structures are most common? Which option is best for you? Find out the results from 478 BCBAs.