Take a deep dive into the ins-and-outs of our internship program so you’ll know what to expect!
Earning Your RBT Credential Is The First Step Toward a Rewarding Career in ABA Therapy!
Our mission is to build the capacity of specialty behavioral health providers in underserved communities. The purpose of BCI’s Registered Behavior Technician Internship program is to develop Interns’ behavior-analytic, professional, and ethical repertoires. BCI’s internship program follows all guidelines set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).
Upon successful completion of the 40-hour, 100% online training and RBT Competency Assessment, the BCI Intern will be eligible to sit for the Registered Behavior Technician exam, which is given at a Pearson Vue Testing Center. Individuals who successfully complete all requirements and receive their RBT Certification will be eligible for hire by Behavior Change Institute!
Read the requirements for obtaining & maintaining a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential, directly from the accrediting body, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).
Registered Behavior Technician Internship Frequently Asked Questions
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- Possess a high school diploma or GED
- Have access to reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and car insurance
- Have the availability to work at least two hours between the hours of 2:30-7:00 pm, three days per week (M-F) OR two days (M-F) and at least one weekend day.
- Have access to the internet at home, and a computer or tablet with a webcam (needed for training purposes)
- Be able to pass a criminal background check
- Possess an active CPR or Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) certification prior to accepting employment with Behavior Change Institute. If you don’t possess this certification, you’ll need to obtain it within the four-week RBT Internship period.
The RBT Internship is unpaid, but all RBT Interns are awarded a scholarship that covers the cost of the four-week RBT Internship materials and training.
There is a one-time fee of $95.00 which covers the cost of the formal RBT Exam and registration with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the board which governs the credentialing process. This fee is payable to Pearson Vue when you register to take the formal RBT exam at a Pearson Vue Testing Center.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a growing field and one that is incredibly rewarding to be involved in! The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) role is typically a great fit for individuals interested in special education, psychology, early childhood development, social work, and similar fields of study. Patience, compassion, empathy, consistency, and a love of working with children are important traits to have as an RBT.
You’re given two opportunities to pass the formal RBT exam at a Pearson Vue Testing Center. Our comprehensive 40-hour training program is designed to prepare you to feel confident in your knowledge of ABA techniques and, therefore, succeed in passing the formal RBT exam. During the RBT Internship, you’ll meet weekly with a skills clinic facilitator who will answer any questions you have and help you understand the practical, clinical applications of what you’ve been learning through the online training modules. Our goal is to see you succeed and we’ll do everything we can to help you prepare for, and pass, the RBT exam!
The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) role is a paraprofessional position providing 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA is a type of evidence-based behavioral therapy that aims to speed the learning trajectory for individuals with ASD. We aid in the development of essential skills like communication, social skills, feeding and sleeping, hygiene, independent living skills, and vocational skills. Our goal is to replace maladaptive/challenging behavior with functional life skills! Through ABA therapy, we strive to help clients become as independent as possible.
RBTs work under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who designs an individualized treatment program for a client. RBTs utilize behavioral tools like positive reinforcement, teaching in small steps, prompting, and repeated practice to help the client work safely towards achieving the goals set under the client’s treatment program. The RBT is also responsible for collecting data to monitor the client’s progress, participating in team meetings, and communicating regularly with the BCBA to monitor the client’s progress towards their treatment goals. At Behavior Change Institute, much of the data collection and communication occurs through an electronic practice management software called CentralReach. Click here to learn more about the RBT role at Behavior Change Institute.
Typically, it takes six to eight weeks from the time you begin RBT internship coursework to the time you are able to start working with a client. Interns will receive an offer of employment upon successful completion of the four-week internship training program and recommendation for hire by the training team. Employment is also dependent upon passage of the formal RBT exam, staff and client availability, and the ability to pass a background check. Once an offer of employment is accepted, you will have to be credentialed with the insurance companies that BCI works with before you are able to begin working with a client.