Job Titles and Ethics
An RBT is a Registered Behavior Technician who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCaBA or BCBA. The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services. RBTs must be 18 years of age, possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent, complete 40 hours of training, complete a background check, pass the RBT Competency Assessment, pass the RBT examination and renew their certification annually.
BCaBA is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst who has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, completion of coursework and a defined period of supervised practical experience, then take and pass BCaBA examination. Professionals who are certified at the BCaBA level may not practice independently, but must be supervised by someone certified at the BCBA level. In addition, BCaBAs can supervise the work of RBTs. BCaBAs are required to recertify, acquire continuing education, and receive ongoing supervision.
A BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited university, completion of coursework and a defined period of practical experience, then take and pass the BCBA examination. Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. In addition, BCBAs supervise the work of BCaBAs and RBTs.
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