The Backstory: I was lucky enough to find my calling during the first semester of college. In 2016 I was trained under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and became a therapist rendering behavior analytic services to children with special needs, following this I became a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) in 2017.
When I am not taking outfit pics or scouting the next best brunch spot I am either studying behavior or modifying the behavior of small humans. Although applied behavior analysis (ABA) is such a big part of my life, sharing about it comes with much thought and trepidation because I believe that remaining ethical in all I do and maintaining HIPAA is essential, and I would also never want to offend anyone. With this being said, I also feel like there aren’t enough resources out there for people interested in learning more about ABA, or who want to consider it as a career path. So naturally, like any other kind of blog post, I am here to share my personal experiences, and what I have learned because I think it would be helpful for other people.
1. High School diploma – this is the first and foremost requirement for those interested in pursuing the RBT credential.
2. 40 Hour Training – I would highly recommend doing this in person. When I did my training it was 5 Saturday sessions 8 hours each, it was a sacrifice but I definitely think it prepared me with a strong foundation for my exam.
3. Pass a background check, self-explanatory.
4. Competency Assessment – Where you will put everything you have learned during your training to use. This can be completed by roleplay, with a client, or through an interview. The competency assessment can be conducted by a BCBA, BCaBA, or a BCBA-D.
5. Take the exam and pass – after all the things you need to do finally awaits the exam. For me, this was the easiest part of becoming an RBT.
Best of luck to all of you who are pursuing an RBT certification.