The Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) program continues to be one of the most sought-out training for anyone interested in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. In January 2018 the RBT(TM) Task List was added to the traditional ABA training, so that indiviuals taking ABA training may also go on to become a Registered Behavior Technican(TM).
To find out about the process to become a RBT(TM) go to the website of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board at https://www.bacb.com/rbt/ and to https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/RBT-Supervision-and-Supervisor-Requirements-181228.pdf
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the evidence-based science from which the most effective learning strategies have been developed for the above mentioned population. It is used to teach a wide range of skills including communication, social skills, daily living skills, and much more. Our ABA training program offers an introduction to the basic principles and procedures of this science.
RBT(TM) stands for Registered Behaviour TechnicianTM. It is a trademarked designation offered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), which is the USA-based organization that offers certification to professionals practicing ABA. This designation is ideal for someone who is, or would like to be, a frontline ABA interventionist.
The program incorporates our introductory ABA training program with the required RBT(TM) Task List (2nd edition) of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. The program is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT(TM) credential. As a face-to-face training program students benefit from theory, practical exercises, assessments and direct ongoing feedback provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCAB/BCaBA). To consult the RBT(TM) Task List (2nd edition), go to: https://www.back.com/rbt/rbt-task-list/.
An RBT(TM) is a paraprofessional who works directly with children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. They implement individualized intervention programs that have been developed by a behaviour analyst, senior therapist, or qualified consultant. Their roles include typical tasks expected of an ABA therapist:
- Reading and executing intervention programs
- Taking and recording data
- Organizing materials, communicating with parents and other parties who may be involved
To maintain the RBT(TM) credential this paraprofessional must:
- Abide by the Compliance Code of the BACB
- Receive ongoing supervision for a minimum of 5% of the hours spent providing behaviour-analytic services per month by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a BCaBA
An RBT(TM) paraprofessional may apply for work anywhere there are children with special needs in learning. These include daycare centres, schools, specialized clinics and centres offering therapies to these children.
Special Note: As with all of the other titles offered by the BACB (BCBA, BCaBA, BCBA-D), it is currently not a requirement in Canada (including Quebec) to hold one of these certifications to do the job tasks mentioned above. However, certain provinces and families looking for qualified individuals have turned to those who are certified in order to assure a minimum standard of knowledge, practice and the abiding of the BACB's Compliance Code.
Unfortunately no, because the RBT(TM) Task List is interwoven throughout this 48-hour training program.
Students who receive a passing grade of at least 70% and participate in a minimum of 40 in-class teaching hours of ABA with RBT(TM) may receive an Attestation of Training: Registered Behavior Technicial(TM). Anyone who attends less than 40 in-class teaching hours will not receive this Attestation, but may be eligible to receive an Attestation of ABA Training upon receiving a passing grade of 70%.
"This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. The program is offered independent of the BACB." It is the responsibility of the participant to understand and adhere to the RBT(TM) requirements established by the BACB. For more information regarding the RBT(TM) credential requirements, please visit the BACB website: https://www.bacb.com/rbt/rbt-requirements/.
For any questions that you may have about practicing ABA in the province of Quebec, please visit: https://qcaba.org/faq/.
Kristina Donald, M.A., BCBA
Kristina Donald is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with over 10 years of experience working with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. She currently works as a Clinical Activities Specialist in a public center-based Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) program in Montreal. She assists with training staff and parents. Kristina oversees and conducts behavioural assessments as well as program design and evaluation. Kristina earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from McGill University, Master of Arts in Child Studies from Concordia University, and the BCBA certification through the Florida Institute of Technology. Kristina is an active member in the Quebec Association for Applied Behaviour Analysis working to promote an ethical and effective application of the science of ABA in Quebec.