Concerns About the Registered Behavior Technician™ in Relation to Effective Autism Intervention

Behav Anal Pract. 2016 Sep 27;10(2):154-163. doi: 10.1007/s40617-016-0145-9. eCollection 2017 Jun.


In 2014, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) initiated a program for credentialing behavior technicians. The new credential, Registered Behavior Technician™ (RBT®), is for providers of behavioral intervention to a wide range of individuals with mental health needs and developmental delays, including individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The RBT® would represent the entry-level position within the range of the BACB® credentials. Despite the increasing acceptance of this newest level of credential from the behavioral community, the authors of this paper have substantial concerns with the RBT® credential as it relates to the delivery of intervention to individuals diagnosed with ASD. The purpose of this paper is to detail these concerns and propose remedies that would ensure that individuals diagnosed with ASD receive effective behavioral intervention.

Keywords: Autism; Behavior analyst; Behavior analyst certification board; Certification; Registered behavior technician.