Avoid These 3 RBT® Certification Mistakes!

Discover the three critical mistakes aspiring Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) often make in their certification journey. From neglecting the essential Competency Assessment to risking assessments without compliant clients, these errors can jeopardize certification aspirations. Learn how to avoid these pitfalls and navigate the RBT certification process successfully with expert guidance and support. Don't let common mistakes hinder your path to becoming a certified RBT!
Mar 8 / Katie Cook, MED, BCBA
Are you considering becoming a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®), but feeling overwhelmed by the certification process? We understand the challenges you might face, which is why we're here to guide you towards success. It's time to uncover the three biggest mistakes students make when pursuing their RBT® certification and how you can avoid them.

Mistake 1: Skipping the Essential Competency Assessment

Imagine putting in all the effort to complete a 40-hour RBT® course, only to find out it's not enough! Many students make the grave mistake of choosing a company that doesn't offer the necessary Competency Assessment with a BCBA. Without this crucial step, your RBT® dreams could crumble like a house of cards. Remember, the BACB demands an Initial Competency Assessment for full RBT® certification. Don't let this slip through your fingers!

One of the most common missteps is assuming that completing a 40-hour RBT® course is sufficient for certification. The truth is, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) mandates an Initial Competency Assessment conducted by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). This assessment, including a background check and competency evaluation with a BACB compliant client, is indispensable. Don't start your course without securing a BCBA to oversee this crucial step.

Mistake 2: Losing Focus During Online Courses

Online learning might seem like a breeze, but it's easy to get distracted by TikToks or cat videos while your RBT® course videos play in the background. Multi-tasking might seem harmless, but when it comes to mastering the highly technical science of ABA, every minute counts! Paying attention and taking detailed notes could be the difference between success and failure.

When taking online RBT® courses, multitasking can hinder your understanding of the material. ABA is a complex science that requires focused attention and active engagement. Take notes during the lessons to reinforce your learning and improve retention.

Mistake 3: Risking It All Without a BACB® Compliant Client

Picture this: you're ready to take your RBT® Competency Assessment, only to realize you don't have a BACB® compliant client! In 2024, the BACB® tightened its rules, requiring a compliant client for assessments. Without one, your assessment could be doomed from the start. Don't let this nightmare scenario become your reality! Choose a program like ATCC's Full RBT® Certification Program, where every assessment is administered by a BCBA® and supervised by the CARE Academy (I-CARE.org). With us, you're in safe hands!

In 2024, the BACB has mandated a BACB® compliant client for RBT® Competency Assessments. Only select programs, such as the ATCC Full RBT® Certification Program, include this crucial component. At ATCC, all Competency Assessments are administered by experienced BCBAs, ensuring compliance with BACB regulations. Additionally, our partnership with the CARE Academy (I-CARE.org) facilitates access to volunteer ABA services supervised by qualified BCBAs. Don't risk your certification by overlooking this requirement.

How to Succeed in RBT® Certification

Are you aspiring to become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®), but feeling unsure about the certification process? Allow us to shed light on the essential steps mandated by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) for full RBT® certification. Understanding these requirements is crucial for embarking on a successful certification journey.

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Step 1: Initial Competency Assessment

Participate in a RBT® Training Program that includes the Initial RBT® Competency Assessment. Contrary to popular belief, completing a 40-hour RBT® course alone does not suffice for RBT® certification. The BACB mandates an Initial Competency Assessment conducted by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in conjunction with a BACB compliant client. This assessment is integral to demonstrating proficiency in implementing behavior-analytic procedures effectively.

Step 2: Direct Supervision by a BCBA

To ensure compliance with BACB standards, aspiring RBTs must work directly under the supervision of a BCBA. This entails rigorous oversight, including running background checks, guiding the initial competency assessment process, and endorsing the RBT® application on the BACB Gateway. The BCBA's involvement is paramount in facilitating your journey towards full RBT® certification.

Step 3: RBT® Examination

Upon fulfilling the prerequisites outlined by the BACB, candidates become eligible to sit for the RBT® examination administered at Pearson VUE testing centers. Successful completion of this examination solidifies your status as a fully certified RBT®, recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).