Registered Behavior Technician Training Certificate


8-week, in class or stream-live online

Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are paraprofessionals that work in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). RBTs work under direct, continuous supervision of a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), or/and Florida Certified Behavior Analysts (FL-CBA). This is an 8-week training course designed to meet the 40 hours required for the RBT credential. It is provided outside of the BACB. It is based on the 6 Task Items on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List. This course is designed to prepare you for the RBT Competency Assessment and the Board Certification exam. Successful completion of this course is contingent on passing the course with at least a 90%. 


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 reqirements 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 and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. The program is offered independent of the BACB.

Graduates of our RBT Training Certificate Program gain exclusive access to our Employer Partner Program, which includes local companies with a variety of opportunities from job shadowing to internships to employment. Your next step after earning your RBT Training Certificate from us is to complete your Competency Assessment and our Employer Partners can help with that.


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 background check
  • Must have reliable transportation

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a field I can grow in? Yes! There are opportunities at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral level. We currently only provide the training at the RBT level.

Do I need a degree to take this course? You need at least a high school diploma (or equivalent) to take this course.

Is there a minimum age to become an RBT? Yes - you need to be at least 18 years old.

Do I need to pass a background check to work as an RBT? Yes. As an RBT you will have to be able to pass a background check.

As an RBT, will I only work with children with autism? 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.

How hard is it to find a job as an RBT? 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.

Once I am an RBT (after I do all 3 steps), do I have to work in the state that I became certified? 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.


Tara Zeller

Tara Zeller

Tara has earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCF, along with a Master of Science in Management from UCF, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BACB.) She has served countless families, schools, practitioners, and children.

The AppleTree Connection was founded in 2015 by Tara Zeller, MS, BCBA with the vision to serve families with children of all abilities. Tara brings 20 years of experience to her practice. The AppleTree Connection was founded on the premise that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. We are a local ABA company committed to educating and training therapists, parents and educators. We provide ABA consultation & therapy, RBT classes, parenting workshops and educator professional workshops. Tara's ABA roots are local as well. She began working at Threshold, a community of group homes for children and adults with developmental disabilities, in 1997 while studying psychology at UCF. Tara has worked with children of all abilities, as well as adults with severe developmental and physical disabilities. She is passionate about her work and the help that The AppleTree Connection provides to Central Florida families.

Required Materials

Required Resources:

  • Binder with at least 6 dividers
  • Laptop
  • Paper and pens or pencils

Optional Textbook:

Principles of ABA for Behavior Technicians and Other Practitioners

Course Policies

Attendance Policy: 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.

Electronic Device Policy: Cell phones should be on silent. If you need special accommodations, please discuss this with the instructor.

Assignments: 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: 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: 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.

Grades: 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.

Announcements: 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.

Final: 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.

Registration Options

Start Date/ Time Location Cost
9/10/2019 - 11/5/2019
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (Tuesdays)
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UCF Continuing Education 724

9/11/2019 - 11/6/2019
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM (Wednesdays)
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UCF Sanford\Lake Mary UP4207