The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is a paraprofessional who directly gives behavioral intervention in a one-on-one or small group setting from a detailed plan.

RBTs are credentialed paraprofessionals who practice under the close, ongoing supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and alongside a Board Certified Assistant Behavioral Analyst (BCaBA) with goals including:

  • Improving education
  • Improving health outcomes
  • Improving behavior challenges
  • Improving social behavior

There are many possibilities, including international, for RBT employment upon earning the credential:

  • Private family homes
  • Residential group homes
  • Private and state facilities providing behavioral and mental health services
  • Nonprofit agencies, health and human services providers
  • Private clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Behavioral in-patient crisis centers
  • Schools as a paraprofessional in special or general education settings
  • Law enforcement agencies

The average wage of an RBT in southeast Michigan is $15 - $25 per hour.




This training program is based on the RBT Task List (2nd ed.) and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for RBT certification. The program is offered independent of the BACB.

  • Course objective

    RBT training provides for the skill acquisition and preparation for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) RBT examination.

  • Qualifications for admission
    • At least 18 years old
    • High school diploma or national equivalent
    • Criminal background check


  • 2018 courses

    The RBT course includes 40 hours of training and is offered throughout the year.

    October-November 2018

    Five required sessions: Mondays
                                               October 15, 22, 29 and
                                               November 5, 12

    9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Angela Capuano, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LP
    Location: UM-Dearborn Campus FCS 270

    To register for this course, please complete this Registration Form.

Additional Information

To encourage RBTs to further their education, CEHHS will offer a $190 scholarship if participants subsequently enroll in a CEHHS degree program. Scholarship eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Successful completion of the RBT program, competency assessment and RBT examination;
  • Admission to and enrollment in a CEHHS degree program within one year of RBT completion; and
  • Completion of scholarship application.

College of Education, Health, and Human Services

Fairlane Center South (FCS)
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