Technician Training

Behavior Technicians should receive specific, formal training before providing treatment. One way to ensure such training is through the Registered Behavior Technician credential.

Case assignment should match the needs of the client with the skill level and experience of the Behavior Technician. Before working with a client, the Behavior Technician must be sufficiently prepared to deliver the treatment protocols. This includes a review by the Behavior Analyst of the client’s history, current treatment programs, behavior reduction protocols, data collection procedures, etc.

Caseloads for the Behavior Technician  are determined by the:
- complexity of the cases
- experience and skills of the Behavior Technician
- number of hours per week the Behavior Technician is employed
- intensity of hours of therapy the client is receiving

Quality of implementation (treatment integrity checks) should be monitored on an ongoing basis. This should be more frequent for new staff, when a new client is assigned, or when a client has challenging behaviors or complex treatment protocols are involved.

Behavior Technicians should receive supervision and clinical direction on treatment protocols  on a weekly basis for complex cases or monthly for more routine cases. This activity maybe in client briefings with other members of the treatment team including the supervising Behavior  Analyst,  or  individually,  and  with  or  without  the  client  present.  The  frequency and format should be dictated by an analysis of the treatment needs of the client to make optimal progress.

Although hiring qualifications and initial training are important, there must be ongoing observation, training, and direction to maintain and improve the Behavior Technician’s skills while implementing ABA-based treatment.

 Eligibility Requirements  Applicants for the RBT credential must:
Be at least 18  years of  age
Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent
Successfully complete a criminal background registry check at the time of application
Complete a 40-hour training program(conducted by a BACB certificant) based on the RBT Task List
Pass the RBT Competency Assessment administered by a BACB certificant

 Ongoing  Practice Requirements RBTs must:
Receive ongoing supervision by a BACB certificant for a minimum of 5% of the hours spent providing
         applied behavior-analytic services per month (including at least 2 face-to-face, synchronous  supervisory
         contacts.
Abide by a subset of the BACB’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts
        identified as relevant for RBTs.