Certificate in Behavior Science / Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)


Become a registered behavior technician in a high-demand, career advancing field. Earn a competitive wage while you go to school, study for career advancement or are deciding which career path to take.

Make a difference working with persons diagnosed with developmental disabilities, healthcare, education and autism. Take your education to the next level!

A registered behavior technician (RBT) is a paraprofessional educated in behavior analysis. You will learn the fundamentals of human behavior, measurement, assessment, skill acquisition, behavior reduction, and professionalism. These skills enable you to work directly with clients with confidence and a transferrable skill set. The field of Applied Behavior Analysis is a dynamic, rapidly increasing industry with limitless potential.

The RBT certification is perfectly paired for the student, graduate or professional in the fields of healthcare, medical, psychology and education. This certification is the first step to becoming Board Certified and qualified for immediate job placement.

This certificate program is offered for 8-weeks either:

  1. Hybrid - a combination of in person and streaming live
  2. Self-paced


Students must be and stay present for the entire class while in session. As long as the student meets all course work and attendance requirements as defined by the instructor, students will meet the attendance requirements needed. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of the homework requirements due for the following week and to participate in the in-class activities, while streaming-live. 

Disclaimer: This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List (2ND Edition) and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. The program is offered independent of the BACB.

Exclusive Access

Graduates of our course gain exclusive access to an Employer Partnership Program for access to work and Competency Assessment opportunities.  


The process is simple and certification is reached by following these 3 steps:

  1. Complete & pass the 40-hour course – Enroll Now
  2. Complete the competency Assessment
  3. Take the board certification certificate exam


  • Career specific training
  • High-demand work field
  • Competitive pay
  • Enhance field of education
  • Further your career aspirations


Prerequisites to become an RBT:

  • Must be at least 18 years old 
  • Must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent 
  • Must be able to pass a Level 2 background check 
    • In some instances - Must have reliable transportation 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! There are opportunities at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral level. We currently only provide the training at the RBT level.
You need at least a high school diploma (or equivalent) to take this course. 
Yes - you need to be at least 18 years old.
Yes. As an RBT you will have to be able to pass a background check.
The demand out paces the supply for RBTs. Many local and many nation-wide agencies have waiting lists for clients due to the low supply of RBTs. Locally, RBTs make $13-$20/hour.
That depends on the company you work for. RBTs can provide services to a variety of be people with differing ages, genders, and abilities. The population you work with will depend on the company you work for.
The certification is borderless and recognized nationally and internationally. Some states may have licensure on top of the certification. This is on a state by state basis. Florida does NOT have licensure for RBT, BCaBA, BCBA or BCBA-D.
https://www.bacb.com/rbt/rbt-requirements/ Yes, our course has been updated to match the RBT 2nd Edition Task List! You will be prepared to take the Competency Assessment and the BACB RBT Board exam associated with the 2nd Edition Task List list!
The AppleTree Connection provides access to the Competency Assesment through our Exclusive Employer Partnership Program. This program is exclusive to our graduates, only, as we as confident in thier training. Out Employer Partnerships administer the Competency Assessment. Many of our graduates have accessed internships and employment from out partners. If you are in need of the Competency Assessment, and would like to access our program, we encourage you invest in our 8-week program that will prepare you for success as an RBT.
Per the BACB, The RBT Board examination is based on the RBT Task List and will consist of 75 scored items and 10 unscored pilot items. https://www.bacb.com/rbt/rbt-application/
Can I take this course from outside of FL?
Yes, the RBT Training Certificate is borderless. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is a national credentialing organization. This certification is recognized in all 50 states.
Can I complete my Competency Assessment outside of Florida?
Yes. The RBT certification and the process of getting certified (steps 1-3) are borderless. You can take yoir training in 1 state, do your Competency Assessment in another, and sit for your RBT Boarrd exam in a totally different state. This is a national certificate!
Attendance is mandatory. To take the Board Certification exam to become an RBT, you must complete 40 hours of training. In class participation and assignments count as a portion of your 40 hours of training. Failure to come to class will result in you having less than 40 hours. In class, we will be applying and practicing the course material and task list items. It is important that you come to class and stay for the entire class. As a Registered Behavior Technician, it is imperative that you understand and apply the concepts and principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. There will be in class activities worth up to 40 points. You must be in class to complete these activities.
Cell phones should be on silent. If you need special accommodations, please discuss this with the instructor.
There will be 7 in class quizzes. The first 15 minutes of the class will be reserved for the in-class quiz. Each quiz is based on the assignment reading and module (videos and websites). You must be in class to take the quiz. The quiz is password protected. The password will be given out at the beginning of class. Make sure you come to class on time. If you do not score at least a 90% on the quiz, you will have another opportunity to take the quiz at the end of class.
Late assignments will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to pay attention to the homework assignment due dates set on Canvas. In-class assignments will be due at the end of the class. If you do not turn in your assignment on time, you will receive a '0' for the assignment.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course. All your work should be your own personal words and ideas. If you are using ideas, phrases, or work form someone else, properly cite their work using APA format. Failure to do so could result in you being dropped from the course without refund.
To receive your certificate for this course, you must pass the course with at least a 90% A. Online quizzes and exams are automatically graded through the course management system. Please allow two weeks after the due date for grades to be posted for all written assignments.
It is important that you are constantly checking the announcements page. Announcements are the instructor's way of letting you know about changes in the course and assignments.
The Final exam for this course is mandatory. You can NOT complete your competency assessment or take the Board Certification Exam if you have not passed the final exam. This is a requirement. The Final Exam is cumulative. Questions on the exam can possibly cover every topic, video, website, and PowerPoint, etc. that was required to be read or watched in this course. This exam is to measure what you have learned to ensure that you are sufficiently prepared to take the Board Certification Exam. The final exam will be composed of 100 multiple choice and fill in the blank questions. Each question will be worth 1 point.


Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Instructor Tara Zeller

Tara Zeller, MS, BCBA

Founder and Lead Behavior Analyst of AppleTree Connection (established in 2015), Tara began working in ABA as an undergrad psychology major @ UCF. The theoretical and conceptual course subjects were intriguing and lead her to seek relevant work experience. With so many interesting directions, it was important to start exploring career options. This lead to her first job using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – a behavior training specialist at a group home working 1:1 with developmentally disabled children and adults. 25 years later, with a well-rounded history serving in many different settings across populations, Tara shares her passion and wisdom with the next generation of ABA providers - Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT)s and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)s.  



Kiana Espinal, M.Ed., BCBA 

Kiana earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCF, Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati, and her Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She worked her way up from RBT to BCBA while working at The AppleTree Connection. Her knowledge and experience is invaluable to her RBT students.


Christine Tucker, MS, BCBA 

Hi, I'm Christine. I have worked in the ABA field since 1996 in a variety of capacities, but always in a position of service to others. I earned my BA in English from Kent State University, my MS in Family Studies from Amberton University, and completed the ABA courses with Florida Atlantic University. I have been blessed to make significant behavioral change with a plethora of people and families over the years. Strongly rooted in a team leadership style, I thrive when training and supporting my peers to excel in clinical service provision.

Required Materials

Required Resources:

Suggested Materials:

  • Binder with at least 9 dividers (RBT Task List, Competency Assess, 7 Modules)
  • Paper and pens or pencils

RBTs get to see the world through the most amazing lens: everyone is a product of their environment, everyone is an individual.

Registration Options

Start Date/ Time Location Cost
2/15/2023 - 4/19/2023
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Wednesdays)
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Digital Learning Center 125

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