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How to Become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)


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Our RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) training course is an online, video-based training with modules designed to help people prepare for the RBT competency exam offered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

All that's required is a high school diploma and this 40-hour training course to begin your competency for credentialing as a Registered Behavior Technician.  With these modules you will be well prepared for your competency exam. We guarantee it! The course can help anybody who is ready to advance in their career and want an RBT credential.

If you want to work for certain insurance companies, schools, non-profits and private agencies, it is also required that you become a Registered Behavior Technician working under a Board certified behavior analyst.  The RBT is also useful to family members who want to become more proficient in their skills in order to help...

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What’s more important than quality of teaching?

Research says nothing but how do you keep the quality of instruction consistent and high?

Over the past few years, our company Verbal Behavior Institute (VBI),  has proudly provided the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training course, a trademarked program of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), to many individuals, classrooms, schools and human service agencies.

The impact of applying the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by RBTs is changing lives for the better every day!  Maintaining the quality of instruction with your treatment teams and staff is of paramount importance. The following suggests how to do that.
Eric Hanushek, of Stanford University, writes extensively on the research he does on “What makes a difference in how students learn?”  Mr. Hanushek’s research has repeatedly come to this same conclusion: The most significant variable that makes a difference in the education of children is the quality of the...

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How do I control problem behavior?

A few years ago, we had the opportunity to work with many school districts in the NY/NJ area. Our training was on how to deal with problem behavior of students in the classroom (and/or in what are sometimes called “specials” like gym, art, music, etc.)  Questions always seemed to come back to a basic theme, “How do I control problem behavior?

There is a trick embedded in that question. “Control” of behavior is a momentary thing. Control is fleeting and an illusion, often lasting mere moments when what parents and instructors really want is lasting change. 

Shaping of appropriate, functional behavior is not only possible it is a probable outcome if the science of behavior modification called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is used. Many teachers and parents note, “I can’t get my child to sit still long enough for them to learn anything…” or variations of “when I present my student (child) with work to...

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How to avoid legal fee nightmare and extreme costs.

We recently referred to the U.S. Supreme Court unanimous decision requiring schools to provide an education that is appropriately ambitious. Most Federal Court decisions maintain that measurement is required to demonstrate progress. In other words, education is now legally accountable to students progress.

So, what is the cost of not providing an appropriately ambitious and measurable education? They are many and very costly.
The first and most profound impact is the loss of potential in a child’s life....A child/student who does not receive the FAPE (Free and Appropriate Education) as required by law is harmed. Their family is harmed. Their community is harmed and, in the end, society as a whole is harmed, if a school does not meet its legal and moral obligation. How can an education be appropriate or ambitious if there is no measure of the outcome?
What is the value of a child’s lost potential? That answer differs, depending on your observation position. If...
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How to get the most impact from your training budget

  • What if you could raise the level of your staff’s competence with an affordable, research-based and internationally recognized training, for less than the cost of an hour of the training time?  
  • What if the training you provide is utilized for the entire school year?
  • What if staff looked at the training as a benefit and career enhancement? 
  • What if the same training can help your staff generalize their knowledge to include not only classroom performance but also when they work in a home?  

Every year, schools and childcare programs throughout the world spend billions of dollars on orientation and staff training. What is the long-term impact of that training? Sadly, according to research on the subject by the National Implementation Research Network, in 90 days nearly ALL of the impact of the best training disappears. There is an an exception to that research finding. The exception is this: when training is applied, supervised and reinforced, there is an...

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It's the law: Education must now be accountable!

In March of 2017, the world of education in the USA changed, for good and the better. The United States Supreme Court issued its determination speaking to a parent’s claim that their child was being warehoused as a student of a primary school in Colorado. The court in their review found that a child’s education could not be “de minimus” (used here to mean ‘warehousing’) but rather, that consistent with the concept of a child being entitled to a FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education) a school district also has an obligation under the law to provide for an education, without regard to different abilities, that is, it must be “appropriately ambitious.”

 The interpretation and testing of this unanimous decision requires that districts must now meet a standard that though present in spirit, was not previously required by law. This decision now places a burden of proof on educators, schools and school administrators to be able to...

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RBT training is the answer to problem behavior

Problem Behavior is listed as the #1 cause of the resignation of new teachers by the School Supervisor’s Association. What can you do about it? Here we are in November. There are kids everywhere who had problem behavior in September and even some in October. Kids who were anxious about new settings, or uncomfortable with the change in schedules, buildings and classmates from last year have settled in. Those behaviors are largely gone. Yet, there remain a few kids; perhaps only one kid per class who are having problems. These are the challenges that cause: early retirements, endless disciplinary meetings, parents hiring attorneys and the attacks of PTA Boards on school administrators and teachers alike.

Is there something that can be done to solve this problem? Yes! The answer is here.

Our training for staff to become an RBT (Registered Behavior TechnicianTM) is a competency based, online 40-hour training that can take the tension out of the class through evidence-based...

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The demand for RBTs has exploded

Uncategorized May 18, 2018

The Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBT®) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a behavior analyst. This RBT training covers a variety of topics that are necessary for an individual to pursue a career as a behavior technician, working directly with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental disabilities. An RBT does not work independently but practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a Board certified behavior analyst.

Entry level RBTs start at an average range of $12-$17 or approximately $25,000-$35,000 per year. Several employment services report RBTs grossing as much as $35/hr and more.

This training course teaches evidence-based behavior Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) intervention techniques and strategies for individuals including: Data Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice. The training will...

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How to find the time to train special ed staff


Over the past few months, we've heard the feedback loud and clear. School administrators love the RBT training and at the same time have a hard time fitting in the staff training hours that are required to complete the course. So, we've come up with a few ideas that we hope are helpful.

Over the next few weeks, as school districts wind down the days towards the end of the semester, we've helped many districts plan for ways to maximize the time that is often lost productivity by integrating the RBT training into coverage hours. In more non-educational administrative language, when you find yourself with teachers aides and paras who are working full days, but the kids are dismissed early - why not use those hours and convert them into useful, skill development time?

Another idea that is popular among some clients representing school districts where union requirements have summer session running a reduced schedule, is to purchase the RBT...

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RBT Exam Preparation

We are pleased to announce the release of our Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Competency Exam Preparation module.

This module is a practice tool for our RBT clients. It is designed to help prepare you for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board RBT Exam.

The practice exam features videos and multiple choice questions and answers, that review the following topics: 

  • Measurement
  • Assessment
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Behavior Reduction
  • Documentation & Reporting

The multiple choice questions are designed to help you remember terms and concepts that are on the BACB's RBT Task List. Our practice exam can be taken at any time and as many times as needed from any Internet-connected device. It is not timed but keep in mind the actual exam takes 90 minutes to complete. 



If you are not a current RBT client and...

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