What You Need to Know About the 2019 RBT Course Changes

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

On November 1, 2019, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) new requirements that impact the 40-hour Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Course and the 8-hour Supervision Training, go into effect.

Below are some frequently asked questions about these changes, and some tips for providing your staff with courses that comply with the new requirements.

1. Who does this impact?

The November 1, 2019 updates mean that:

If your Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practice has hired or plans to hire new staff, this mandate impacts you!

  • Old 40-Hour RBT courses will no longer be valid; check to ensure that any courses you provide staff meet the 2nd RBT Task List.
  • Technicians who took the old RBT course may need a “bridge” course, providing additional RBT training content, if they have not passed the RBT exam prior to November 1, 2019.
  • To supervise, new BCBAs, BCBA-Ds, or BCaBAs will need to take an 8-Hour Supervision Course that complies with the BACB’s new Supervision Training Curriculum v 2.0.

How can CentralReach help?
CR Institute, the education and research arm of CentralReach, has created up-to-date content that complies with new requirements. Our team of BCBA and BCBA-D experts crafted a new 40-Hour RBT Course and the compliant 8-Hour Supervision Course, which are available on our Learning Management System (LMS). Instantly provision the RBT course or Supervision course to new staff, and then, track progress, see quiz results, and decide how to optimize and enhance your onboarding processes.

2. What is the 40-Hour RBT Course, and why is it important?

Many organizations and third-party payors require that direct service staff have the RBT credential. Successfully passing the 40-hour RBT course is the first step to obtaining this nationally-recognized credential.

To see all of the steps to obtaining and maintaining the RBT credential, view the BACB website.

Because RBTs work directly with clients with autism, it’s important that they not only take a 40-Hour RBT course that adheres to the BACB task list, but also apply and generalize their newfound knowledge in the workplace to help clients achieve their full potential.

How can CentralReach help?
Find an all-new 40-Hour RBT Course on CentralReach’s push-button Learning Management system. This interactive course by Dr. Shannon Hill, BCBA-D, isn’t a mere video lecture. Learners engage with hotspots, match cards, complete applied tasks, and more. The course is fully compliant with the 2nd RBT Task List by the BACB.

Additionally, CentralReach can supply a “bridge” course for technicians who previously took an RBT course, but didn’t pass the RBT exam prior to November 1, 2019 — saving your practice hours of training time!

3. What changes did the BACB make that impact the 40-Hour RBT Course?

Most of the changes made were related to the RBT Task List, which specifies the entry-level knowledge and skills needed “to meet for effective practice as a behavior technician,” according to the BACB. Updates and information on the 2nd RBT Task List can be found in the December 2018 BACB Newsletter.

Additionally, the BACB specifies that the new course must be taken over no fewer than 5 calendar days. The CentralReach 40-Hour RBT Course is fully compliant with this and other new requirements.

4. What is the 8-hour Supervision Course and why is it important?

The BACB requires that new BCBAs, BCaBAs, and BCBA-Ds undergo an 8-Hour Supervision Training that adheres to the BACB Supervisor Training Curriculum prior to registering any supervisees. Before a behavior analyst can supervise a caseload of clients, they must first pass this training.

Additionally, supervising BCBAs must take at least 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Supervision for every 2-year recertification cycle. This ensures that they are up-to-date on best practices in supervising direct care staff and that they retain the ability to supervise RBTs, BCaBAs, and/or BCBA certificate seekers.

How can CentralReach help?
The CentralReach LMS includes a quick way to provision different content to different users. Deliver RBT courses to direct care staff, as well as CEUs/trainings to your BCBAs. ABA practices may instantly provide the 8-Hour Supervision Course and offer access to a growing library of 100+ CEUs that meet the 2-year recertification requirements.

5. Are there any additional changes coming from the BACB?

Yes. A full list of upcoming changes can be viewed at the BACB website.

As you stay abreast of these updates, know that Centralreach is committed to keeping its robust LMS catalog of ABA trainings and CEUs fully compliant with the latest industry changes. That way, you can confidently know that your staff always have access to the most recent, accurate, and effective behavior-analytic courses available.

6. What should I do next?

Watch a short video about the CentralReach solution.

Connect with a CentralReach specialist today to review CR Institute’s latest courses and learn how to provision these courses to your staff with ease, stay up to date on the latest Applied Behavior Analysis best-practices, and most importantly, stay compliant with all BACB requirements so you can continue to focus on what matters most — your clients.