Topic Tuesday: Different Certifications You Might See at the REC


Professionals who work in ABA can have different types of certifications from the Behavior  Analyst Certification Board. What do they stand for and what do they all mean? We have them listed here!

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Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
A paraprofessional who is certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and practices under the supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA. The primary responsibilities for a RBT is directly implementing behavior analytic services (Behavior Analysis Certification Board,2019). An RBT will also assist with creating materials, graphing data, and assist with completing assessments such as the VBMAPP, ABLLS, and AFLS if trained to do so. An RBT does not design intervention or assessment plans.

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)
This is an undergraduate-level certification for behavior analysis (Behavior Analysis Certification Board,2019). They do not practice independently, however, they do practice under the supervision of a BCBA/BCBA-D. BCaBAs do supervise the work of RBTs and others implementing behavior analytic interventions.

Boar Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Professionals with a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis who are able to practice behavior analysis independently. BCBAs design intervention and assessment plans. They also supervise the work of BCaBAs, RBTs, and anyone else who implements behavior analytic interventions ((Behavior Analysis Certification Board,2019).

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