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What Is a Registered Behavior Technician and How to Become One

What Does a Registered Behavior Technician Do?

A registered behavior technician (RBT) works with children one-on-one and in group settings to improve behavior. Intervention is usually done with special-needs children to reduce problematic behaviors in a public, school, or home setting with the goal to create independent and successful responses. Your duties utilize skills from the science of applied behavior analysis. Your responsibilities are to teach daily living skills, communication, boundaries, and socially accepted behaviors. You collect data, educate family members, collaborate with treatment team members, support the child emotionally, and implement positive reinforcement.

How to Become a Registered Behavior Technician

To become a registered behavior technician, you need an associate degree at minimum, though employers prefer a bachelor's degree in social work, behavioral science, or a related field. You must pass a background check and be proficient in CPR and first aid. You must also be registered through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and participate in ongoing training and development within the field. Requirements vary by state. Other qualifications include strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent time management skills, patience, and compassion. Having professional liability insurance is also beneficial.